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100 People: A World Portrait - On a mission to find 100 people that represent the other 7.5 billion of us. They represent our entire global neighborhood through photographs and stories, creating a multimedia traveling exhibition.

9/11 Tribute Museum - Offers visitors the ability to learn factual information about the events, the unprecedented rescue and recovery operations and the rebuilding of both Lower Manhattan and of people’s lives.

Africa Outreach Program - Teaching Africa Library, a multifaceted collection of literature for young and adult readers provides recommended textbooks for various levels of learners, hard-to-find award-winning African films, and material culture kits.Resources available for teachers include curriculum guides and lesson plans; multimedia resources; nonfiction and fiction books about Africa; maps and historic posters; games; speaker referral service; material culture kits.

Asia for Educators - Offers professional development, videos and lectures, resources for both students and teachers, resources by time period, lesson plans, primary sources, teaching modules and helpful links for teaching Asian and World Studies.

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States - Here you will find a spectacular historical atlas refashioned for the 21st century. Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, is provided here digitally showing all of the atlas's maps.

C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations - Maintained by C-SPAN Classroom Teacher Senior Fellows, provides teachers and students with a carefully selected set of video clips and newspaper articles that pertain to leading current issues in front of Congress.

Choices - The Choices Program develops curriculum on current and historical international and public policy issues and offers professional development for educators.

CNN Student News - View new news articles daily or search by topic.

Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) - Promotes all areas of Latin American studies nationwide by enhancing global competency, language proficiency, and cultural awareness of Latin America and the Caribbean. They provide free K-12 resources including Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature (book recommendations and curriculum resources), curriculum, syllabi, lending libraries, professional development and K-12 Teaching Award.

Core Knowledge History and Geography - A comprehensive program in world and American history and geography, integrating topics in civics and the arts, Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG) helps students build knowledge of the diverse civilizations, cultures, and concepts specified in the Core Knowledge Sequence.

CultureGrams - One of the resources available through AEA Digital Resources - A service providing no-cost access to high-quality, vetted digital resources for Iowa students and educators.

Culture Kits - Provided by Carolina Navigators, Culture Kit's offer a description, map, photos, and content and lesson ideas for numerous places.

David Rumsey Map Collection - Focusing on rare 16th through 21st century maps, David Rumsey Map Collection offers atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials. Free to use, this collection has over 87,000 items online.

ESRI GeoInquiries - Short, standards-based inquiry activities for teaching map-based concepts found in commonly used textbooks.

GeoGuessr - Explore the world through GeoGuessr as you embark on a journey that takes you all over the world through an interactive game.

Global Conflict Tracker - View an interactive map of world conflicts by browsing by impact on U.S. interest and conflict status, and filter by region and types of conflict.

Google Lit Trips - Downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth with pop-ups that include resources.

Hemispheres: The International Outreach Consortium - Works with educators, school districts, and state officials to "fill in the gaps" between teacher knowledge and the set goals of curricular mandates. Their curriculum units include tools such as background information, primary source readings, detailed maps, worksheets and activities to make it ready to use in the classroom for free.

I Am Malala - This resource guide targeted towards high school, college and university students was designed as a series of lessons based on the themes extracted from the memoir, I Am Malala, providing a window into complex issues such as politics, history, human rights, religion and tradition.

iEARN-USA - Works with educational, youth service, relief and development organizations to facilitate programs where young people can work together to make a meaningful difference in the world. This website provides various pathways for educators and students a way to connect and learn with their international peers.

IREX - Strives for a more just, prosperous and inclusive world working in more than 100 countries in four essential areas including empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to high quality education and information.

Mapping History - Designed to provide interactive and animated representations of fundamental historical problems and/or illustrations of historical events, developments, and dynamics.

National Geographic Kids - Inspire young adventures to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website.

National Geographic Education - Offers resources by grade level and subject area, professional development, and student programs like Geography Bee.

The NEA Foundation - Global Learning Resources - A great way to bring new perspectives to public school classrooms, but there are many other resources out there to help on your global journey!

Our Spatial Brains - Here you can download materials related to Carol and Phil Gersmehl's teacher workshops in 34 states and five other countries.

Peace Corps - Find resources including lesson plans, activities, articles and more as well as connect your classroom with a volunteer currently serving in the Peace Corps.

Population Education - A program of Population Connection, is the only national program with a strong emphasis on curriculum and professional development for K-12 educators that focuses on human population issues. Browse resources by grade level, subject and topic.

Program for Teaching East Asia - Conducts national, regional, and state projects designed to enhance and expand teaching and learning about East Asia at the elementary and secondary school levels.

Programs in International Education - Find lesson plans pertaining to African studies, East Asian studies, European studies, Latin American studies, and Middle East studies.

Project Look Sharp - Global Studies - A collection of lesson plans has been made from kits such as Global Media Perspectives, Soviet History Through Posters, and more. The collection is for Elementary, Middle and High School studies and represent a diverse representation of geographic location and media forms.

Social Studies Word Generation - Provides teacher and student curriculum on a variety of social studies topics that include word cards for each lesson.

Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) - Serves as a bridge between Stanford University and K-12 schools and community colleges by developing multidisciplinary curriculum materials on international themes.

Teaching Latin America through Literacy - Complies lesson plans, research materials, resources, links to helpful websites, and a educator guide to accompany each book featured in their book group in their blogs.

Teach Mideast - Provides free and accessible, high-quality information and resources to enable K-14 educators to teach about the Middle East in social studies and introductory area studies classes. Find Booklists, lesson plans, teaching tools, professional development opportunities and their digital book.

TED Talks- Global Issues - A collection of TED talks and more on the topic of Global issues.

The Stanley Foundation - Advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security. In addition, the Stanley Foundation publishes policy briefs, analytical articles and reports on number of international issues.

The True Size Of - It is hard to represent our spherical world on a flat piece of paper, but James Talmage and Damon Maneice created this app to help students better understand how big the world really is.

The World Food Prize - International honor recognizing-- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs-- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

United States Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools - Provides resources for teaching and learning including standard-aligned, classroom-ready activities.

U.S. Diplomacy Center Education Program - Connects high school and college students with the world of American diplomacy, increasing their understanding of diplomacy and inspiring them to be involved in foreign affairs.

U.S. Department of State Policy Issues - Find information on numerous policy issues within the United States.

United Nations Global Issues - As the world's only truly universal global organization, the United Nations has become the foremost forum to address issues that transcend national boundaries and cannot be resolved by any one country acting alone. This website offers an overview of issues in depth and links to other resources where you can get additional information.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Learn about the Holocaust, remember the survivors and victims, and combat genocide and antisemitism through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. They provide an encyclopedia, introduction to the Holocaust and resources.

United States Institute of Peace - An independent national institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the population that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. The institute provides training, analysis, and other resources to people, organizations, and governments working to build peace.

Veterans National Education Program Global Awareness Map - A non-profit organization focused on educating students on Modern History by providing historically accurate, relevant educational resources. They provide Modern History documentaries, associated media content and lesson plans teaching students US Modern Military History: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and now Iraq and Afghanistan.

Visualizing Cultures - Uses technology and hitherto inaccessible visual materials to reconstruct the past as people of the time visualized the world, or imagined it to be. The Visualizing Cultures Curriculum offers a full complement of standards-compliant lessons, providing a pathway for teachers and students to become active historians and knowledgeable readers of images.

We Schools - Provides educators and students with curriculum, educational resources and a full calendar of action campaign ideas to help you live WE at school.

World of 7 Billion - Population Education has created World 7 Billion as a response to our growing world population and its importance. Use this website's resources to help students understand how we reached this milestone, analyze the impact of our choices, and realize that our decisions can and will impact the future.

World Population History - Learn about the impact of population growth and important milestones in human history and view other key data including land use, fertility rates, CO2 emissions, life expectancy and urbanization.

World Savvy - Integrates the highest level of global competence learning into classrooms by combing professional development and consulting for educators with project-based learning for K-12 students.

Geographic Alliances, Centers, Councils, or Institutes

Arizona Geographic Alliance - Part of a national network of state geography alliances that's purpose is to strengthen geography education in Arizona.

Geographic Alliance of Iowa - Composed of K-12 teachers, college and university professors, personnel from a variety of other educational endeavors, and citizens, all who are concerned with improving geographic instruction in Iowa. The GAI provides resources and expertise to improve the geographic literacy of Iowa students.

African Studies Center - Staff and programs work to provide the University and the people of North Carolina with a campus buh for interdisciplinary inquiry and communication on Africa, with a focus on the interconnected issues of political change, expressive culture, gender, sustainability, health and Islam.

Carolina Asia Center - Strives to positively transform our understanding of and relationship with Asia and to equip students and others with knowledge of Asia to assume leadership roles. They collaborate with professional schools, departments, centers, and student organizations as well as with regional and international institutions to develop educational programs on Asia.

Center for African Studies - The Outreach Program is an integral part of the Title VI African Studies Center at Howard University that focuses on reading, teaching, and learning about Africa.

Center for Latin American Studies - Inspires new ideas and research by bringing together academics, artists, decision-makers and entrepreneurs from Latin America, the United States, and the world.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies - Offers a wide variety of books, videos, lesson plans and more, all free to check out and use as well as conferences, workshops and other opportunities!

Chicago Council on Global Affairs - An independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight on critical global issues through convening leading global voices, conducting independent research, and engaging the public to explore ideas that will shape the world.

Council on Foreign Relations - An independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and others interested in order to help them better understand the world and foreign policy.

European Studies Center - Develops scholarship, teaching and community events related to Europe and the European Union in cooperation with academic departments, schools, and research units throughout the University of Pittsburgh.

Institute for Global Studies - University of Minnesota Institute - Provides units, lesson plans, websites and resource lists developed by K-12 educators in conjunction with Institute for Global Studies professional development opportunities.

Institute for Middle East Studies - Supports academic work on the Middle east and provides a resource lending library of books, periodicals, and films to K-12 teachers and community college faculty at no cost.

Pulitzer Center - Committed to building global awareness through education and work with elementary schools, high schools, and universities to bring pressing international issues, and the journalist who cover them, into the classroom.