Local Resources for Global Education

Here in Palo Alto we are privileged to be living and educating in a very diverse area with a wide variety of public and private companies, organizations, and institutions that can help us to bring the global into the local, either through resources, information, speakers, or cultural experiences.

This page includes a preliminary listing of Palo Alto and surrounding area resources for global education that you as a teacher/parent/student at Jordan can take advantage of.

The Goldman Sachs|Stanford University Global Education was the first forum of its kind bringing together education leaders from around the world to discuss how innovation, globalization, regulation and technology are impacting education, and how the public and private sectors can work together to drive improved student learning outcomes.

The Stanford Global Studies Division provides an arena for students and scholars to explore our increasingly complex world from multiple economic, political, social, technological and cultural perspectives. Our goal is to provide students and scholars with unique opportunities to explore the complexities of our globalized world from an interdisciplinary perspective. Collaboration with professors and students in the Global Studies Division could be a great way to bring global perspectives into your classroom.

The Palo Alto Kiwanis Club offers your students the opportunity to get involved and take action in a number of different social action campaigns with an international focus.

This local service organization already works with Gunn High School to provide students with opportunities to take action in the community. Rotary also traditionally offers scholarship funding opportunities to students interested in international travel.

This group performs Balkan, Macedonian, and other international folk dance styles. Students who are interested could get involved in learning an international dance style, or you could contact them to bring a piece of international culture to your school.

The 17th UNAFF will be held from October 16-26, 2014 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. The theme for this year isBRIDGING THE GAP. UNAFF celebrates the power of films dealing with human rights, environmental themes, population, migration, women’s issues, refugees, homelessness, racism, health, universal education, war and peace.

Neighbors Abroad is the official Sister City organization of Palo Alto, California, promoting citizen diplomacy and international friendship. Our mission is to provide the people of Palo Alto and its sister cities an understanding of each other as individuals, as communities, and as countries — and to foster a better understanding of the world. Founded in 1963, Neighbors Abroad today manages year-round activities for Palo Alto and its six sister cities.

Palo Alto World Music Day is a music festival that takes places every year on Father’s Day.  It will be celebrated for the seventh time in Palo Alto on Sunday June 21, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm, on University Avenue (CLOSED to traffic) and King Plaza (City Hall).  All performances are FREE and open to the public.  50 professional and amateur musical groups willperformed a variety of genres on street corners and plazas: jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, klezmer, Greek, Balkan, Indian, World Music, choral, dance, etc.

The Lions Club focuses on humanitarian service projects. It offers students a chance to get involved in community service, as well as offering scholarship opportunities for students.

The Stanford Bechtel International Center believes “that international educational exchange nurtures a lifelong global perspective and aspire to play a key role in increasing Stanford’s visibility around the world, strengthening Stanford’s position as a global university of consequence.” They provide a focal point for the international exchanges at Stanford University, including both international students as well as faculty and staff. In addition to holding regular events for families with international focus, they are a great contact to find international students and faculty who might be willing to be speakers in your class. 

 

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