How can we prepare our students to be engaged global citizens? What is global competence and how can we cultivate it in our students? How can we make the case for global education in schools? Based upon the work of Professor Fernando Reimers and the Think Tank on Global Education, the program explores these questions and provides strategies for promoting global competence in classrooms and schools.

Educating Global Citizens begins with an introduction to global education. Professor Reimers and other specialists then focus the conversation on global competence, what it is and why it is important. Participants will identify barriers to global education in their context and will learn from examples of schools already incorporating global competence in K-12 systems. Finally, participants will explore strategies for advancing global education, building a toolkit to inform their future work.

The program is a mix of self-paced learning, facilitated group discussion, and job-embedded learning that will help educators understand, advocate for, and implement strategies for global competence with their students. Participants will learn tools and tips from the online lessons that they can weave directly into practice in their classrooms or schools.

By completing the program, you will be able to:

  • Understand the dimensions of global competence
  • Make the case for global education programs in your school or district
  • Recognize the significant barriers to advancing global education and explore strategies for overcoming them in your context
  • Gather resources for your global education toolkit

A core part of the HGSE experience is cohort learning. Over the course of the program, the curriculum is designed to create a community of practice for participants to learn with and from each other.

The online instruction, discussions, and job-embedded practice should take five to seven hours over the duration of the program. Participants who complete all individual assessments and contribute to group discussions will receive a certificate indicating completion of five clock hours of instruction.

Meet The Faculty

Fernando Reimers

Fernando Reimers

Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy at Harvard University. He teaches courses on the relationship between education policy, democratic citizenship, and instructional improvement. His current research focuses on the impact of education policy and teacher professional development on literacy competencies, citizenship, and advanced cognitive skills. He is also a technical advisor to a cross-national study of democratic citizenship skills and civic education in Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Paraguay, part of the Third Civic Education Study of the Hamburg-based International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Graduate School of Education in 1997 he was senior education specialist at the World Bank. He also worked as research associate, institute associate, and fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development and on the faculty at Universidad Central de Venezuela. He has extensive experience in the area of international development assistance with the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and other Development Organizations. He has worked in Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, and most countries in Latin America.


  • EdD, Harvard University

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