Global Citizenship

The world is in dire need of young leaders who understand the interconnectedness of global problems, have the capacity to collaborate across cultural and political lines, and are empowered to develop new solutions to the world's most serious challenges. Teachers are in a position to cultivate the knowledge, 21st Century skills, values and behaviours needed to foster such global leaders. This course will help teachers to develop a foundational toolbox of pedagogies, methodologies, and resources for developing transformative global experiences which humanize global issues and engage your students in creating positive global change.

Environmental Stewardship

Fostering stewardship for the environment is critical in the context of climate change, deforestation and urbanization. Educators have an important role to play in teaching youth about the environment, sustainability, and our dependence on natural resources. This course is designed to develop educators' competencies in environmental education. Course material draws on environmental education research and best practices from the teaching field. Using online and offline resources and tools, we will discuss the critical need for meaningful environmental education, and how to foster a sense of environmental stewardship for students through a project-based, practical approach.

Student Voice

Around the world, a growing number of educators recognize the unique perspectives of students and the importance of including student voice in both educational policy and practice. This course is designed to help educators understand the value of cultivating and engaging student voice both inside and outside the classroom. Course material draws on the experiences of educators who have incorporated student voice in their teaching practice and designed experiences and projects that empower students to have an equal say in the decision-making processes that shape their education. Educators will critically examine the current state of student voice in their educational contexts, and work towards designing a project that enables and enhances student voice.

Jennifer Klein

Jennifer Klein: Project-based Learning for Global Citizenship

Jennifer D. Klein is the Professional Development and Outreach Coordinator for TakingITGlobal, an international online learning community for educators and students interested in global issues, where she designs and delivers accredited online e-courses for teachers across the world. She is also the Director of Educational Development for the Research Journalism Initiative (RJI), an educational non-profit that facilitates creative expression among Palestinian young people and the use of their media projects in American classrooms, and Global Partnerships Director for World Leadership School, building online curriculum and projects between American classrooms and schools outside the U.S.

Jennifer holds a BA from Bard College and an MA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, both in Literature and Creative Writing. She taught college and high school English for 19 years, including five years in Central America and 11 years in all-girls education. In 2010, Jennifer left teaching to begin PRINCIPLED Learning Strategies, a global educational consulting business dedicated to enriching global educational approaches through curriculum development, professional development, and the use of e-technologies.

Deanna Del Vecchio

Deanna Del Vecchio: Education for Environmental Stewardship

Deanna Del Vecchio is a Professional Development Instructor at TakingITGlobal (TIG), where she teaches "Education for Environmental Stewardship". She has also managed TIG's Tread Lightly program, an environmental education and engagement initiative that inspires educators and youth to take action on climate change. In this role, Deanna traveled throughout Europe to promote climate change education and establish partnerships with stakeholders through discussion forums. She also coordinated the translation of the program material into 8 languages and was responsible for outreach worldwide.

Prior to her involvement with TIG, Deanna spent ten years working on environmental and arts-based community projects around the world. She holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and a Master's degree in Art Education from Concordia University in Montreal. Deanna's teaching practice focuses on experiential education and critical pedagogy. She has diverse experience in both formal and community-based education, including teaching middle school science on a rural island in the Bahamas, and facilitating eco-art projects with marginalized children in Haiti.

Mandeep Atwal

Mandeep Atwal: Empowering Student Voice in Education

As TakingITGlobal's UK Programs Manager, Mandeep Atwal supports educators across Europe in engaging schools to participate in online educational collaborations. Currently, Mandeep is co-ordinating "Shout" a project developed and facilitated by Microsoft, TakingITGlobal and the Smithsonian Institutions. She is also the course instructor for TIGed's "Empowering Student Voice in Education" e-course for teachers across the world.

Mandeep is a teacher by nature and founded and developed "Young Voices" a school based project that won Microsoft's UK and European Innovative Teachers Award 2009. The project then went on to achieve first place at the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum Award (Brazil) in 2009 in the "Community" category. Mandeep earned her PGCE and B.A in Theology from the University of Birmingham.

Schedule Summary

Project-Based Learning for Global Citizenship

  • January 29 - February 26, 2015

Education for Environmental Stewardship

  • 2014 Dates TBD

Empowering Student Voice in Education

  • 2014 Dates TBD

Detailed Schedule

Project-Based Learning for Global Citizenship

Class 1
90 mins
January 29, 2015
4:00 - 5:30 PM Vancouver/San Francisco
5:00 - 6:30 PM Edmonton/Denver
7:00 - 8:30 PM Toronto/New York/Lima
10:00 - 11:30 PM São Paulo
12:00 AM - 1:30 AM London (January 30)
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Singapore/Hong Kong (January 30)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Sydney/Melbourne (January 30)
Class 2
90 mins
February 5, 2015 4:00 - 5:30 PM Vancouver/San Francisco
5:00 - 6:30 PM Edmonton/Denver
7:00 - 8:30 PM Toronto/New York/Lima
10:00 - 11:30 PM São Paulo
12:00 AM - 1:30 AM London (February 6)
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Singapore/Hong Kong (February 6)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Sydney/Melbourne (February 6)
Class 3
90 mins
February 12, 2015 4:00 - 5:30 PM Vancouver/San Francisco
5:00 - 6:30 PM Edmonton/Denver
7:00 - 8:30 PM Toronto/New York/Lima
12:00 AM - 1:30 AM London (February 13)
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Singapore/Hong Kong (February 13)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Sydney/Melbourne (February 13)
Class 4
90 mins
February 19, 2015
4:00 - 5:30 PM Vancouver/San Francisco
5:00 - 6:30 PM Edmonton/Denver
7:00 - 8:30 PM Toronto/New York/Lima
12:00 AM - 1:30 AM London (February 20)
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Singapore/Hong Kong (February 20)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Sydney/Melbourne (February 20)
Class 5
120 mins
February 26, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 PM Vancouver/San Francisco
5:00 - 7:00 PM Edmonton/Denver
7:00 - 9:00 PM Toronto/New York/Lima
12:00 AM - 2:00 AM London (February 27)
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Singapore/Hong Kong (February 27)
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sydney/Melbourne (February 27)

Individual Registration: $249 USD
Group of 3: $675 USD (10% off)
Group of 5: $999 USD (20% off)

To register groups, or if you are in a Least Developed Country and require tuition assistance, please contact us.

Note: Only those who have paid the e-course fees in full by the e-course start date will be able to participate in the e-course. TakingITGlobal reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course offering if there is insufficient enrollment, in which case a full refund will be offered to anyone who has already registered and paid. In the event that a registered participant is unable to participate in an e-course, that individual may nominate.

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For more information about e-Courses and other professional development offerings, please contact us by emailing pd@tiged.org or calling 416-977-9363, extension 319.

  • How do we connect?

    We use two online platforms to deliver our e-courses: "live" sessions are hosted on the webconferencing platform Blackboard Collaborate, which does not require any special software or hardware. Paticipants are simply given a web link which is uses to connect to class every week. Assignments, readings, discussions between weekly classes, and more are hosted on TIGed's virtual classroom platform. For a demo of what this platform features, visit: demo.tiged.org/demo.

  • How do I obtain graduate credit for taking this course?

    Obtaining graduate credit from Plymouth State University is an easy process that involves filling out a registration form and paying a fee of 190 USD. We would be happy to assist you with this process.

  • What if I miss a class?

    Often, timezones and busy schedules interfere with participants' ability to attend all classes in a course. In case participants miss a class, or just want to experience a class again, we post a link to the recording of each session the following morning in the TIGed virtual classroom.

  • What is the maximum class size?

    We cap participation in our course to 25 to ensure that all participants get the attention they need from our instructors, participants can get to know one another online, and that meaningful dialogue can occur in and between classes.

  • What if I can't afford this course?

    We offer scholarships to potential participants in non-OECD countries. An extra set of questions will appear when you are registering for the course, if your country of residence qualifies you to apply for a scholarship. Donations to TIGed and paid participants in our PD offerings help to support this initiative.


"The course has broadened my horizons in the areas of global education and highlighted ways in which I can more actively engage in this form of educational model."

Participant, Global Project-based Learning