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Professional Development Webinar: A Global Citizenship Curriculum Designed to Inspire Today’s Youth
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 Export to Your Calendar 5/20/2020
When: 05/20/2020
12:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: United States
Presenter: Juile Tritz, Extension Assistant Professor, WVU Extension Service
Contact: MaryJo Moncheski

Online registration is available until: 5/20/2020
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Webinar Title

A Global Citizenship Curriculum Designed to Inspire Today’s Youth

Webinar Description

Society nowadays is characterized by global interrelationships and increasing cultural diversity. The W.K. Kellogg Commission’s concept of the “engaged institution” requires land-grant educators to see community in the context of the global village. It is therefore the responsibility of Extension Educators to help citizens at the county and state become more globally aware. This means seeing and understanding that the U.S., individual states and counties, and our citizens are part of the global dimension and not separate from it. Our mission needs to incorporate the requirements of a changing environment, one that is now characterized by global interrelationships and increasing cultural diversity. Global education has increased significantly, in importance and prominence, for youth and adults over the last decade. Not only are we learning about the world through new technology, we are also interacting with it. Being fully immersed in the 21st century has placed new importance on understanding cultures other than our own. Recognizing and celebrating the diversity found in our clubs, communities, country, and world has become paramount in our land-grant institutions and cooperative extension programs. The Global Citizenship Curriculum offers great potential for Extension Educators to recognize and celebrate diversity in a variety of ways. The curriculum is designed around five categories that include: 1) Agriculture and food; 2) Arts and history; 3) Communication, media, and technology; 4) Geography; and 5) Global issues. Each category consists of several lessons or skill-a-thons. A skill-a-thon is a competitive or noncompetitive learn-by-doing activity. This teaching method helps youths develop both life and project skills. A skill-a-thon works well at a project meeting, club meeting, camp classes, after-school sessions, in the classroom, or at a mall or fair. The curriculum consists of 38 skill-a-thons. All have been peer-reviewed and edited for content at the state level and have passed the National 4-H Council’s Peer Review process. The curriculum has been disseminated at one regional conference, three national conferences, and with an international delegation from the University of Guanajuato. Pre and post test results indicate an increase in knowledge of global education concepts and opportunities by youth who participated in lessons taught. 

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