With initiatives across three program pillars -- global citizenship, environmental stewardship, and student voice -- there are many ways that you can get involved with TIGed! Organized programming involving schools from around the world is available to classes through the initiatives below. These programs connect students and educators in collaborative learning and action with online educational resources and opportunities to affect positive change globally. With new programs developing every year at TIGed, there are always exciting opportunities for classes to get involved. Choose a program below to learn more!

Global Encounters

Offered in partnership by TakingITGlobal and the Centre for Global Education, the Global Encounters program brings together students from around the world through live video conferences that explore global issues and the potential youth have to shape a better common future. Leading up to each video conference, students are given the opportunity to participate in a content-rich interactive TakingITGlobal virtual classroom with graduate student mentors and peers around the world. The virtual classroom prepares students for active and informed participation in the live event. The Global Encounters experience culminates in an international video conference that connects participating students with engaging keynote speakers and share questions, ideas, and reflections in real time.

Connected North

Connected North fosters student engagement and enhanced education outcomes in remote Indigenous communities. This leading edge program delivers immersive and interactive education services, through Cisco's high definition, two-way TelePresence video technology. The program is made possible through a strong ecosystem of supporters with program delivery managed by TakingITGlobal. The goal is to provide students and teachers with access to content that is engaging and innovative, with the hope of increasing feelings of empowerment in school and in life.

Tread Lightly

Tread Lightly is a free climate change education and engagement program offered with the generous support of the Staples Foundation®. Tread Lightly features innovative online educational tools and resources designed to empower youth to reduce their ecological footprints and take action on climate change. There are a number of ways to get involved: download the teacher toolkit to obtain a set of interdisciplinary educational activities for secondary school students; create a virtual classroom to engage students in online learning and collaborate with other classrooms; and participate in international video conferences with your students to hear from guest speakers and interact with other classes around the globe. Students can get involved by measuring their own carbon footprints with the Carbon Footprint Calculator, using the Tread Lightly Challenge platform to make commitments to a greener world, and expressing their artistic sides by submitting to the Imprints Art Collection.


DeforestACTION is a global movement of youth and schools taking action to stop deforestation and create a permanent habitat for orangutans and other species that depend on forest ecosystems. The program connects youth, students and educators in collaborative learning about deforestation through the DeforestACTION virtual classroom and live webinars where students hear from guest speakers and interact with their global peers. From here, students turn their learning into action to lead fundraising and awareness-raising initiatives that highlight the causes and impact of deforestation in their communities. This work is showcased to a global audience through school action hubs and international video conferences. To date, over 18,000 students have supported conservation and animal rehabilitation efforts through DeforestACTION.


The Sprout e-course equips youth around the world with project management skills essential to developing and implementing effective social innovation projects in their communities. Through facilitated online learning, Sprout builds concrete skills to support the design, planning, and execution of sustainable value-focused projects. With the generous support of The Pearson Foundation, select participants in the Spout e-course are eligible to receive funding to launch their project ideas. The Pearson Fellowship for Social Innovation is awarded to young people with the most promising and well-prepared plans for community projects developed during the Sprout E-course. Twenty Fellows will each receive a $1,000 award along with coaching, strategic tools and resources, and networking opportunities.