Project #11017

Global Education Professional Development

by Taking IT Global
Visit to Nunavut
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We can’t thank you enough for checking in to read our most recent progress report. Your support for our Global Education Professional Development program has allowed us to provide support to educators from a number of developing nations. With your support, educators are learning about innovating ways to bring global perspectives, foresting a sense of environmental stewardship, and empowering student voices in their classrooms.

This northern-hemisphere summer, we hosted a class of our Project-based Learning for Global Citizenship course, where educators gained theory and were supported in starting cross-cultural global collaborative classroom projects.

Here are a few testimonies of participants from the summer cohort:

“This e-course has given us a platform to work together to form an incredible project plan we will implement in the fall. This project plan is very extensive and wouldn't have happened without the e-course.”

“I realized how important it is to teach social issues in the classroom and to not pass over them lightly and the idea to let students be actively involved in their learning.”

Recently, our Executive Director Jennifer traveled to Arviat, Nunavut, in Canada's north. She posted a powerful blog entitled "We all need a future we can look forward to" highlighting some of the challenges youth are facing in the north and and opportunities to support their education, and we hope to bring our professional development programs to this community in the near future.

As we enter the holiday season, we'd appreciate you thinking of TakingITGlobal when it comes to planning your year-end giving. Your generous donations have a collateral effect - they are going a long way in improving education for students in over 140 countries!

Thank you so much for the important part you have played in advancing global education worldwide!


Tania Rashid

The TakingITGlobal for Educators Team


Hi everyone - we hope all of you in the northern hemisphere are enjoying your summer!

As we wrapped up our open professional development course cycle early this year, we embarked on a renewed collaboration with the Toronto District School Board, expanding our professional learning partnership to a second family of schools (about 20 more schools, for a total of close to 40!) in the Scarborough region of Toronto.

To celebrate everyone's projects and course learning, we held an Innovation Fair last year to enable everyone to meet in person and showcase their projects. Building on last year's success, we decided this year to have even more students engaged in the Innovation Fair, and have them take on the role of "hosting" the tables to showcase their classroom projects. We also launched a new Projects Database to allow educators to post and showcase their projects and find collaborators from around the world. Have a look at the video below that showcases the Innovation Fair's highlights, which was kindly produced in-kind for us by Workbay:

We also received news that Cisco Foundation will be providing a grant to support educators in Toronto's most underserved schools next year, and we look forward to expanding this work further with their support. We hope to offer additional open course cycles this coming school year, so we appreciate your support in providing funding for scholarships for those educators who can't afford to participate from the developing world.


Dear friends of TakingITGlobal,

We can’t thank you enough for checking in to read our most recent progress report and for continuing to support TakingITGlobal’s efforts to provide innovative Professional Development to educators from the developing world.

2014 kicked off with full online classes for all three of our professional development e-courses and your generous donations allowed us to provide scholarships to enthusiastic educators from India, Colombia, Kenya, and several other emerging countries. These educators were not only able to bring in unique perspective and global dynamic to the courses but also connect and collaborate with other educators from around the world.

We believe this has been, and will continue to be, a great learning experience for our scholarship recipients.

“I'm looking to learn more about what other schools and teachers are doing around the world and what resources and strategies are available for me to develop my students environmental stewardship.”

- Education for Environmental Stewardship course scholarship recipient, Venezuela

The donated funds from this project has aided these educators in bringing new perspectives into their classrooms and passing along what they learned to their peers. Your donations have a collateral effect and long-term effect in inspiring the next generation of students to become global citizens!

“My team [interdisciplinary teacher group] and me are eager to learn more about how to empower student’s voice in a way that they participate and also feel responsible for the school and their own education. Maybe this [course] is the very first step for the students to truly understand the important role of participating and acting in their communities.”

- Empowering Student Voice in Education course scholarship recipient, Brazil

We'll continue to offer several new cycles of the e-courses this year, and we invite you to renew your support to enable more educators from developing countries to participate! In the next few weeks, we’ll share a video interview with one of the educators from Sierra Leone who was able to participate in one of the e-course last year. One of our team members recently visited him in his hometown of Bumpe to learn more about the impact he’s been making and how we can provide further support to his ideas for positive educational change.

Once again, thank you on behalf of our whole team for your generosity and for the important part you continue to play in advancing global education worldwide!


The TakingITGlobal for Educators Team

Empowering classrooms to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges

Dear friends of TIGed,

We would like to thank you for your generous donations in 2013! Through your donations, we were able to provide scholarships to dozens of educators from emerging countries to participate in our global education professional development e-courses.

This year, we’re preparing to start our first cycle of courses! Thanks to your support, we have educators participating on scholarship from 17 different countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Nigeria, and Somalia. Your donations have ensured that all educators have support and resources to bring meaningful global connections into their classrooms.

Your donations provide educators with the opportunity to learn, connect, and even start cross-cultural global collaborative classroom projects. The practical skills learned by educators through our e-courses allows them foster a sense of global citizenship in their students.

Once again, the TIGed team thanks you warmly for your generosity and for the important part you continue to play advancing global education worldwide!

L'Ecole de Choix - School of Choice in Haiti

Hello everyone!

We hope those of you in the Northern hemisphere had a great summer holiday and are enjoying a great start to the school year.

We've scheduled four cycles of our Professional Development courses this year, with the first group getting started in late October. Thanks to your support of our Professional Development scholarship fund, we will be providing scholarships in the first cycle to three educators from the School of Choice (L'Ecole de Choix) in Haiti, helping them achieve their goal of fostering leadership development for children in Haiti that are living in the most extreme conditions of poverty. Here's how they describe their vision:

L’Ecole de Choix is anchored by the principle that a quality education provides individuals with the fundamental tools to affirm individual dignity through the choices they make.  Choice and autonomy grant us our dignity; and it is that dignity that assures each of us the very heart of our humanity, both in the way we are responsible for ourselves, as well as for the communities in which we live.  It is in this way that education becomes the pathway to our humanity.

We look forward to having these dedicated educators join others from around the world in developing their capacity to deliver effective, engaging learning experiences for all students.

We also have a special opportunity tomorrow to raise funds to support more scholarships for educators in the developing world: all donations (up to $1,000 per donor) will be doubled by Microsoft!

This special opportunity is being offered through the Give for Youth site run by Global Giving, and starts at 12:00 PM (Noon) Eastern time tomorrow (Tuesday, September 24th) and runs until the $100,000 of matching funds are used up by other projects. We hope you will consider renewing your support to build the capacity of educators who need it the most, knowing that the impact of your support will be doubled by Microsoft's generous contribution!

If you're able to renew your support, please visit the project page on as soon as possible after 12 noon tomorrow! Thank you!

L'Ecole de Choix - School of Choice in Haiti

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Taking IT Global

Location: Toronto, Ontario - Canada
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Project Leader:
Michael Furdyk
Co-founder, TakingITGlobal
Toronto, Ontario Canada

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