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​​​​​​​​​Global Leadership Summer Institute

​​​Exploring Global Issues & Creating a Democratic Classroom

Designed by Teachers for Teachers 

August 4-8, 2014​

"Interactive program with real materials, skilled presenters, and enthusiastic participants. 

I'm glad there's going to be a follow up!"

– Gretchen Mahon, Thomas Jefferson High School

​Can't make it to the whole Institute? Sign up for a 1-day workshop!

 Building on the enthusiastic response from our one day workshop for educators last August, we have developed this interactive and transformative five day workshop for global educators.

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​​​​​​What is Global Leadership?​​

Global Leadership is both a methodology and a course designed to empower and engage high school students by developing leadership skills through service learning.

  • Teachers and students become agents of change.
  • True democracy in decision-making is practiced through weekly class meetings and group grading systems.
  • Students draw from their work to teach an adopted classroom of elementary students through the “adopt-a-school” component.
  • Solution-driven Facing the Future curriculum challenges students to think critically about relevant global issues.​

​​Why is Global Leadership Essential Now?​

  • Global Leadership directly addresses the 21st century skills that students must develop in order to participate in a global society: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
  • In a Global Leadership classroom, students learn about their own role in our global society and, through collaborative exploration, they devise solutions and take action on issues they deem relevant.
  • In Global Leadership students enter as learners and emerge as communicators, problem solvers, and collaborators.

​​​What's in it for me?

  • This Summer Institute for Teachers will provide teachers of all content areas with a highly effective approach to creating a climate of mutual respect and shared ownership in which student leaders become engaged global leaders both in and out of the classroom.
  • The workshop will be interactive and transformational. There will be time allocated for reflection and group collaboration; you will leave the week with lesson plans, sample course policies, and a access to a wealth of ready-to-use ​curriculum.​
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  "These are extremely important workshops for educators to network, 
hear about ways to connect globally, 
and develop more relevant and available curriculum."
​ – Diane Sophusson, Schmitz Park Elementary​​​

About the Facilitators

Chris Fontana
Chris Fontana is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Visionaries (GV).  Launched in 1999, through Chris's leadership GV has led more than 1,200 students and adults to Guatemala. An important aspect of his work is the co-creation of Global Leadership curriculum for Seattle area schools, first taught at the Global Studies Academy at Cleveland High School.  He has an extensive background in cross-cultural training, and taught Spanish to middle and high school students for 13 years. 
Chris's passion for engaging youth in global leadership was evidenced in 1995 through his organization of YES, youth-organized Global Youth Environmental Summits. The 1995 Summit, sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Program, brought 300 high school students from 32 countries and 40 states together for one week of education in environmental and peace issues, social action, leadership skills, and direct environmental service. For his efforts, Chris won the 1995 Colorado Partners in Education Award.  
In 2007, Chris was Antioch University’s Distinguished Alum, in 2008, Chris was an honoree of the Thomas C. Wales Passionate Citizen Award, and was honored by Seattle University's Albers School of Business with its 2011 Redwinged Leadership Award. ​​​
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A native of Seattle, WA, Vicki has a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed in International Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She has lived in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Germany, England, Peru, Panama and both Washingtons during a 30-year career teaching, advising, creating and leading global educational experiences.  

Most recently, in her 13 years at Lakeside School, Vicki led the creation and implementation of one of the most comprehensive independent school global service learning programs in the country.  She developed all aspects of the program and worked in sites as varied as an Indian reservation and an apple orchard in the US, to urban and rural communities in China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Korea, India, Morocco, Peru and Senegal. In 2011, she left Lakeside to start Global Weeks, working with schools, organizations and individuals to create and develop global education programs. She maintains broad and deep connections in the educational world through board and advisory roles in the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network, Global Education Benchmark Group, Global Washington, Awamaki, and Global Circles.
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Noah Zeichner is a National Board-certified social studies teacher at Chief Sealth International School in Seattle, Washington. He currently teaches Global Leadership, American Government and IB Theory of Knowledge. He works in a hybrid role, spending part of his day supporting the Center for Teaching Quality's global teacher-leadership initiatives. During his teaching tenure, Noah has traveled with students to Guatemala and China. In 2012, he journeyed to Brazil as part of the Teachers for Global Classrooms fellowship. For the past three years, Noah has coordinated a student-led, school-wide festival called World Water Week.​​

August 4 – 8, 2014
Monday – Friday
9:00am – 3:30pm 
Global Visionaries Office
El Centro de la Raza Building, Beacon Hill
2524 16th Ave S, Room 206
Seattle, WA 98144


Tuition: $500

Due Date: Tuition is due at the time of application submission, by July 15, 2014.

​Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your participation in the Institute after you have​​ paid, your tuition will be refunded minus a $30 administrative fee until July 14th. 
Tuition Waiver and Stipend:
Teachers who commit to implementing a Global Leadership course receive full tuiton waiver AND $250 stipend upon completion of the first year of implementation. For more information, contact Chris Fontana.
Scholarships are available for educators serving low-income student populations. 

​​​​​​Purchase Tuition Here
Application Process:
  1. ​​​​Complete the form below.
  2. Complete a Letter of Intent including:
    1. ​A concise paragraph-long statement of interest addressing these questions: Why now? Why me? How do you see your personal passion and professional learning goals aligning with the Global Leadership Class? ​
    2. A paragraph from the Principal or District Administrator stating, (1) how you see the Global Leadership and professional development process supporting school and district goals, (2) your commitment to communicate key learnings with faculty, district and community. 

​       ​​3.  Send your Letter of Intent to 

​Application Deadline:
July 15, 2014 is the application deadline, however we encourage you to inquire about space availability.


Clock Hours:
30 Free Clock Hours provided for Summer Institute. Additional 20 hours provided through professional development follow-up through school year.​​

College Credit:
All participants are eligible for 4 - 6 credits through the Seattle University College of Education. Each credit hour costs $45 payable to Seattle University. More information and registration forms coming. Please check back.



​Contact:   Chris Fontana, (206) 322-9448
Noah Zeichner (206) 715-1580