External Educator Resources

Many agencies and organizations provide free resources and training opportunities for both formal and informal educators. The Peace Corps frequently works together with these agencies on initiatives and programming.

Department of Education (DoE)

Educators in the U.S. can review DoE’s framework for developing global and cultural competencies, a product of the education community. DoE also hosts many events during International Education week, and provides forums for educators to learn and share best practices in the field.

Department of the Interior (DoI)

Are you seeking to evoke wonder and excitement in your students while they learn at the same time? Consider introducing them to ways we, at the U.S. Department of the Interior, manage America's land, water, and wildlife. Our agencies have practical ideas, web resources, and fun activities for use inside and outside your classroom.

Department of State (DoS)

The DOS's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provides many programs for the professional learning of K-12 school teachers and educators across the U.S. and around the world. Through these exchanges, educators forge lasting connections and prepare their students to be future leaders, equipped to work with others around the world to address global challenges. PCVs and RPCVs are encouraged to share program and recruitment information with colleagues overseas. Learn more.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

With NASA, you can explore free resources and teaching materials for all learning age groups, take advantage of the YouTube Education Channel, and attend workshops.

National Park Service

The National Park Service offers tools for teachers of all levels and students of all ages to teach and learn about history, historic preservation, and American heritage and culture. Explore the resources here and here to discover our rich collections of classroom lesson plans, professional development opportunities, college-level historic preservation course outlines, toolkits for grassroots and professional preservationists, and more.

The Smithsonian Institute

The Smithsonian Institute offers many opportunities to explore various topics. For example, the National Museum of the American Indian has a program to promote improved teaching and learning about American Indians.

Arts Education Partnership

If you would like to advance the arts education in your school, visit the Arts Education Partnership site. Here you will find great resources to advance STEAM education and increase student participation.

Asia Society

Many resources in the education field, including professional development, forums and other trends are publicized through this group. This is a great place to learn about work similar to that of the Peace Corps.

Association of International Education Administrators

Review the top conferences for educators to attend, including focuses on comparative and international education, global competence, or exchange programs.

National Education Association

View free lesson plans and resources on celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week each year in May.

Teach to Lead

Teach to Lead summits provide teachers with time to collaborate, skills development, and professional consultation to incubate innovative ideas that can make a positive impact for students in their schools, communities, districts and states.

GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit Environment)

Work together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth's environment at local, regional, and global scales. Promote the teaching and learning of science and scientific discovery and enhance environmental literacy and stewardship. Participate in data collection and the scientific process and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. -Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006)

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