Global Education Professional Development for Teachers

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Jan 24, 2015 / 0 comments

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development program for elementary, middle, & high school teachers aimed at globalizing teaching and learning in U.S. classrooms.  Participants are selected through a national, open competition. TGC is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) & administered by IREX.


Teachers for Global Classrooms

“TGC is an excellent program that broadened our horizons concerning global competencies while also providing practical, ‘in the trenches’ ideas and practices that will help schools of all resource levels implement a global competency approach.” -2012 TGC Alumnus



TGC Fellows become global ambassadors in their classrooms, schools, and broader communities through:
• Collaboration with U.S. and international colleagues to promote mutual understanding.
• Rigorous professional development so teachers return to their schools as catalysts for global engagement.
• International field experience and curriculum development focused on global competency, technology integration, and cross cultural communication.


Project Facts

Since 2011, nearly 300 TGC Fellows from 45 states and the District of Columbia have participated in innovative global education.
Catalysts for Change: TGC alumni, on average, teach approximately 125 lessons per year with global perspective.
Leaders in Global Education: 2/3 of TGC alumni engage with globalizing U.S. education at the school, district, state, or national level.

Bring the world to your classroom!

For more information regarding TGC and to apply, please visit or email tgc[at]  Read the blog at

Please check the website above for application dates.  All coursework and travel associated with the program is fully funded.





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