On October 5th, we were fortunate to have three recent B.Ed. graduates, who are members of our Global Education Cohort, lead two workshops on Global Literacies for more than 30 first year teacher candidates as part of the PED3150 Cohort PLC. This professional development event was designed to give teacher candidates an opportunity to participate in workshops sponsored by all five cohorts in our Teacher Education Program.
Linley Maher, Alexandria Campagna, and Romina Donnini spent three weeks in the month of April doing research on global education as their final Community Service Learning project. During this time, they gained expertise on Canada-based resources and initiatives relevant to Ontario elementary teachers interested in integrating global perspectives into the curriculum. They are bringing their findings together in an article on global literacies for teachers in the Canadian context that will be submitted for publication in an education journal. We sometimes refer to these as as “global connect” projects because most rely on digital technologies to connect teachers and students to other classrooms and/or resources locally, in other provinces, and abroad.
Participants in the workshops were first asked to reflect on and share their own definitions of global literacy. This led to a lively, in-depth conversation on the many possibilities available to educators across the curriculum.
Romina, Linely, and Alexandria then drew upon examples from their own work to illustrate some of the ways they meaningfully integrate global perspectives into their teaching based on their backgrounds, experience, and personal interests.
Romina, Linley, and their colleague Debra Shapiro created a resource for Ontario elementary teachers at the junior level entitled, Fearless Females, which they published on Smore. This inspiring literature anthology of global women includes: The Diary of Anne Frank, Who is Jane Goodall, I am Malala, These are my Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens, and The Story of Ruby Bridges.
PED 3150 Cohort PLC Program, October 2018