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Episode #109. Saturday June 11, 2022, 5:30 pm Eastern


Two months ago, Silver Lining for Learning hosted a show (Episode #103 Don’t Just be Savvy, be World Savvy!) featuring a non-profit organization called World Savvy that focused on engaging students in real-world challenges in their communities and across the globe. In effect, World Savvy prepares young people to be “future ready” learners.

In Episode #109, we will continue this conversation about nurturing learners who are savvy in terms of global thinking and action. For this show, we will meet with Laurence Peters and chat with him about his new book published by Routledge in 2022, Creating the Global Classroom:  Approaches to Developing the Next Generation of World Savvy Students. Peters will outline how to integrate global education ideas, projects, and perspectives throughout K-12 education and the varied ways in which global education can be understood. He believes global education must be an aspect of everything learners do today; only then can we build up sufficient global awareness in our youth to impact the world in profound and transformative ways. During this session, he will provide us with a roadmap that can be to used to overcome the myriad challenges and issues in global education today, including dealing with an already jam-packed curriculum. With this map at the ready, educators will discover a few well marked routes (and some not so well marked) for cultivating global awareness and skills related to perspective taking, empathy, and critical thinking. Whether you are working with primary or secondary students or perhaps in higher education or corporate settings, this session is must see viewing. Given the world conflicts seen during just the past few years, it is evident that thinking globally is no longer a curriculum supplement or “nice to have” feature if time allows; instead, it is an urgent calling because it’s time to act. Think global, act local.

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More about our guest and his book below the video.

Creating the Global Classroom:  Approaches to Developing the Next Generation of World Savvy Students

Table of Contents


Part One: Frameworks for Global Understanding

  1. Why Global Education Matters: Need for a New Paradigm
  2. What Is “Global Education”?
  3. Pedagogical Perspectives
  4. Ideological Framework
  5. Citizenship and Human Rights

Part Two: School and Classroom Approaches

  1. Engaging in Global Popular Culture
  2. The Dangers of a Single Story
  3. Maximizing the “Global” in Global Education Technology
  4. Global Education and School Culture
  5. Afterword


  1. Appendix One: Global Lessons Plans
  2. Appendix Two: Immigration
  3. Appendix Three: Some Sample Global Lesson Plans
  4. Appendix Four: Global Collaborative Connections


Laurence Peters was born in London, England, and studied at the University of Sussex and later taught English for several years in the UK before subsequently moving to the US to pursue a doctorate degree in Education. Following a period of undergraduate teaching Laurence gained a Law Degree from the University of Maryland in 1986 and became counsel to the Subcommittee on Select Education & Civil Rights for the US House of Representatives (1986–1993) and later served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the US Department of Education (1993–2001). Dr. Peters co-wrote From Digital Divide to Digital Opportunity, Rowman (2003) and co-edited Scaling Up: Lessons from Technology Based Educational Improvement, Jossey Bass (2005) and Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students, ISTE (2009). His most recent book is The United Nations: History and Core Ideas, Palgrave (2015). Laurence currently teaches Global Education Policy at Johns Hopkins University and is married with three children.