Bridges to the World


Bridges to the World is a series of interactive workshops that examine the key elements of global education and explore a multitude of resources for educators to foster global competence in their classrooms. The semester-long professional development program will train a cohort of educators in middle and high school classrooms to become confident instructors in global education. The initiative will offer educational resources and professional development opportunities for teachers in the realms of world affairs, geopolitical issues and U.S. foreign policy.

Participating teachers will be required to attend three workshops to evaluate and reflect upon implementation of resources in the classroom. The workshops lead a cohort of participants through the four stages of global competency, using the Asia Society framework. Participants will learn how to engage students in current events and international issues through investigating the world, recognizing the perspectives of others, communicating their ideas and taking action.

“Well done getting us moving and collaborating! I really appreciated the diversity of options and thoughtful resources provided. I plan on sharing these resources with our other staff to support cross-curricular planning and individual lessons.” – Spring 2019 Participant

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 5-768x1024.jpgBenefits for Teachers

The program will provide opportunities to:

  • Build personal relationships with colleagues from across Northeast Ohio;
  • Explore the Choices Program’s resources and approach to teaching controversial international issues and other resources that support global education; and
  • Reflect and discuss with peers how to best utilize these resources.

Participants will acquire:

  • The Choices Program Teacher’s set, lesson plans, and resources for engaging students in discussion and project-based learning;
  • 24 contact hours to be used toward Continuing Education Units (CEUs);
  • Opportunity to earn two graduate credits through Cleveland State University; and
  • Certificate of Global Understanding.
Benefits for Districts

Participating educators will:

  • Exchange information and ideas and build personal relationships with teachers across the region;
  • Form learning communities within and among districts to share knowledge that fosters 21st century learning skills and success within a global context;
  • Develop a comprehensive plan based on a selected global issue or region of the world that requires teachers to utilize resources from the program; and
  • Engage in programming aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s focus on preparing our students for success in the 21st century.

CCWA is pleased to invite you to join our learning cohort to advance your skills in engaging students in the investigation, discussion, and action-based learning of global issues.

Fall 2019 Workshop Schedule
  • August 30, 2019: Workshop I
  • October 25, 2019: Workshop II
  • December 6, 2019: Workshop III

Workshop III Schedule: Climate Change
8:00 AM    Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM    Action Step Discussion
9:00 AM    Investigate the World – Introduction to Climate Change
9:45 AM    Environmental Politics & Climate Change – Dr. Matthew Hodgetts, Case Western Reserve University
11:00 AM  Recognize Perspectives Climate Change and Questions of Justice Unit
12:30 PM  Lunch provided by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs
1:15 PM    Communicate Ideas – Case Studies Activity, Global Oneness Project
3:00 PM    Take Action – Work Time
3:30 PM    Statement of Impact
3:45 PM    Evaluation and Closing

Registration for the Fall 2019 cohort is currently closed. If you are interested in participating in the Fall 2020 program, or for more information, please contact Elizabeth Coerdt, Manager of Global Education, at or (216) 255-9002.

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