Think Tank Symposiums

Nobis Project organizes and implements periodic symposiums. These meetings focus on a selected topic and bring together educators, various experts, stakeholders, and interested parties to share information and identify future projects, often pertaining to new program development.

Help Fund the 2016 Think Tank:

Global Education Tool Kit for Teachers

Bringing teachers together to develop global learning Tool Kit for K-12 classrooms everywhere.

Some of the best resources in education are other educators. We want to bring together highly innovative educators, scholars, designers and community leaders for a three day workshop in order to develop an accompanying Tool Kit for the Nobis Global Action Curriculum ebook. The tool kit will provide practical activities and corresponding materials that are designed to broaden students’ minds and stimulate a sense of global citizenship and tolerance.


Think Tank participants will each have the chance to present about the challenges and successes in their fields:

  • Teachers will share project examples from their classrooms.
  • Academic scholars will share about new research and trends in theirs fields, which may include: Global Citizenship Education, Cultural Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Global Economics, K-12 Service-Learning, Community Engagement.
  • Community leaders will share about the problems their communities face and the impact of the solution initiatives they are involved in.

Think Tank participants will then be led through a series of design thinking exercises in order to:

  • Identify an initial six activities and corresponding materials for the Tool Kit.
  • Develop sketches of materials for prototyping.
  • Write activity instructions.

Following the Think Tank, participants will continue to work together in developing and piloting prototypes.

The educational goals encompassed by the tool kit include:

  • Support the Nobis Global Action Curriculum with materials and activities to help educators overcome the initial preparation hurdle.
  • Encourage inquiry and solutions-based learning among students.
  • Identify links with other subjects such as mathematics, art, history, social studies and science to support interdisciplinary learning and present a holistic view of our world.
  • Make students aware of our global interdependence and interconnectedness.
  • To foster respect of difference among cultures.


Target users of the tool kit include:

  • Schools / Teachers
  • Afterschool programs
  • Museums
  • Independent educators


Who will attend:
A minimum of 20 people will be invited to attend, these include but are not limited to:

Scholars

  • Marcy Lowe, M.S., President at Datu Research, Durham, NC
  • Jane Rago, Ph.D., Director of Gender & Women's Studies, Assistant Professor, Languages, Literature, and Philosophy, Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA
  • Robert Shumer, Ph.D., Community Faculty, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Teachers

  • Julia Alexander, M.A., M.Ed., Grades 1/2 Gradehead, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
  • Christel Greiner Butchart, Chair of Peaceful Schools, NC, Middle School Teacher, Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC
  • Angela Grosse, English Teacher, Beach High School, Savannah, GA
  • Bonnie Jackson, 2nd Grade Teacher, Caedom School, New York, NY
  • Makai Kellogg, 3 Year-Old Lead Teacher, School for Friends, Washington, D.C.
  • Jillian McRae, High School Teacher, Ossining High School, Ossining, NY
  • Will Nisbet, 4th Grade Lead Teacher, Maret School, Washington, D.C.
  • Christopher Schell, Middle School Science Teacher, Charles Ellis Montessori Academy, Savannah, GA
  • Alex Zinnes, Middle School History Teacher, Friends School of Atlanta

Community Leaders

  • Dare Dukes, Executive Director of Deep Center, Savannah, GA
  • Dameion B. Fowler, Founder, PISB Publications, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Sean Higgins, Lead Interpretation and Education Specialist, North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, Raleigh, NC
  • Molly Lieberman, Program Director/Founder Loop It Up Savannah of the West Broad Street YMCA, Savannah, GA
  • Patricia Stewart, Ph.D., Retired Educator/Psychologist, Savannah, GA
  • Erika D. Tate, Ph.D., Founding Chief Executive Officer, Bluknowledge LLC, Savannah, GA
     

Our Future Vision

Once the ebook is completed we will make it available for free on our website. We plan to prototype the tool kit and pilot it in 25 classrooms across the U.S. Once the pilots are complete and adjustments are made, we plan to widely distribute the tool kits with the ebook.

 

Collaborating Partner
If you are interested in submitting your idea for the next Think Tank Symposium topic, send us an email outlining your idea and how you feel it supports the Nobis Project mission. info@nobisproject.org

 

Photo Credit: Imke Lass

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