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August 29, 2016
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How do Sixty Teacher Education Candidates spell global engagement at the WLU Faculty of Education? GLOCAL

Sep 6/12

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Faculty in the Laurier Faculty of Education want to help educators blend global and local realities (hence, “glocal”) in the classroom, seeing the world out “there” as sharing many of the same characteristics and traditions as “here”. Our primary motivation is to respond to the question: How can we help teachers and students develop glocal thinking and acting? In the first week of September, sixty Teacher Education Candidates (TECs) signed up to be part of this innovative group.

This year, we are excited about a new Glocal Certificate which, upon completion, will attest to TEC’s interest, skills, and ability in glocal/environmental education. TECs will participate in four, 3-hour blocks of intense experiential learning activities throughout the year to complete the Certificate. We are excited to announce that 35 TECs have signed up for this unique Glocal Certificate program!

In addition to the Certificate program, Glocal will continue to encourage TECs to engage in other activities and resource-sharing. Here are some example activities from the past two years:

· Milk bags into sleeping mats for an orphanage in Ghana

· Curriculum development on chocolate and fair trade

· “Change for a change” fundraiser for Haiti earthquake victims

· School supplies for Haiti

· Unity Games @ Franklin Public School

· Aboriginal learning styles workshop at the WLU Aboriginal Student Centre

· Ride for Refuge bike-a-thon

· Chapati fund-raiser for migrant workers

· Micro-credit support for artisans in Peru

Glocal is headed up by Dr. Steve Sider and Prof. Judy Halpern. For more information, please email

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