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The Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program fosters an understanding of other cultures and global issues by providing online educational resources based on the Peace Corps experience and facilitating communication among U.S. learners and current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

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Waterfall
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts
  • Religion

In this unit, students will reflect on the role of water in ceremonies and celebrations around the world.

6 careers for foreign language speakers
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Foreign Language

Students will discover that cultural norms heavily influence how we communicate.

Clear Water is not Clean Water
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Don't judge your water by its cover.

Dodgeball
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Activity
  • Environment

Create a visual representation of the greenhouse effect through this group activity.

Teaching in the classroom
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Personal Essay
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

Students will strive to view situations from more than their own point of view.

Iceberg
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

Learners will examine features of culture to determine which are visible and which are invisible, and how these features affect each other.

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  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Video
  • Activity
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

After viewing the TED Talk Danger of a Single Story, participants will discuss in pairs situations in which they have perpetuated a single story, and been the target of a single story.

Turtle
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Exchange information about endangered and extinct species through mini case studies.

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  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Activity
  • Global Issues
  • Intercultural Understanding

Students will examine the difference between equity and equality through problem solving and discovery. They will address the question "Why do we need to learn about differences? If we treat everyone the same, everything will be fine."

Family
  • Grades K - 2
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

The following lesson engages young children in exploring the concept of family with emphasis on how families around the world share more commonalities than differences.

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Ultra running in Macedonia
  • Folk Tale
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • English Language Arts

This folk tale demonstrates in a playful manner how Fate and Mind complement and interact with each other to contribute to a person's success and happiness in life.

guat
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

Students will enumerate features of their own culture and evaluate how those features have influenced their lives.

Field
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Match and discuss environmental issues and possible responses in small groups.

Pepper
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Environment

Assume a new identity and occupation to explore how food insecurity effects populations in different ways.

generalizations
  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Lesson Plan
  • Intercultural Understanding

Students will examine how generalizations can be hurtful and unfair, and they will devise ways to qualify statements so they avoid stereotyping other people.

Module 1
  • Activity
  • Video
  • Intercultural Understanding

This module - the first in a three part training series - provides an overview of the concept of global competence and why it is important.

Global Competence Training Module 2
  • Activity
  • Video
  • Intercultural Understanding

This module - the second in a three part training series - provides educators the opportunity to reflect on learners' backgrounds and the perspectives they bring to the classroom.

Global Competence Training, Part 3
  • Activity
  • Video
  • Intercultural Understanding

Part 3 of the Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program Global Competence Training focuses on building understanding between people of different backgrounds - including educators and their students, students and their peers, and students and those outside their immediate environments.

Locking up food security with permaculture
  • Article
  • Health & Wellness
  • Agriculture

Nearly a billion people across the world experience the effects of food insecurity.

a group of women reviewing a document
  • Article
  • Women & Gender

Gender equality is a human right, but our world faces a persistent gap in access to opportunities and decision-making power for women and men.

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