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Greater Philadelphia Global Education Network

December 13, 2011, Volume 58, No. 15

Four centers at the University of Pennsylvania have joined to create the Greater Philadelphia Education Network website, a gateway to global resources for Delaware Valley K-16 educators.

The new site, www.philaglobaled.org is the work of the South Asia Center, African Studies Center, Center for East Asian Studies and Middle East Center—National Resources Centers that receive funding from the Department of Education.

Raili Roy, assistant director at the South Asia Center, hailed the new site as the first step toward creating a sustainable education network for the region. The site was launched in response to a 2010 focus group comprised of educators who have participated in workshops and other educational events sponsored by these centers.

“We live in a globalized world and increasingly teachers are incorporating global content in their curricula. Based on feedback given by teachers, we have created a website where teachers can access globally oriented resources local to Philadelphia,” Ms. Roy said.

This Global Education Network is a tool and gathering place for teachers and schools in the region who are seeking to educate their students about the world. It provides global education resources and connections so that teachers can begin, deepen, and enrich a global education program for their students. It features those resources that are local to Philadelphia—such as upcoming lectures, programs, exhibits and the like—as well as resources from around the world that can be of use in classrooms such as lesson plans, blogs, video-conferencing and opportunities.

It differs from other global education sites in that it allows users to register as members and contribute content by uploading their own lesson plans, events and more. More information is available by contacting Raili Roy at railiroy@sas.upenn.edu or Menaka Gopalan at menakag@sas.upenn.edu

Almanac - December 13, 2011, Volume 58, No. 15