Blue Planet Global Education is a non-profit organization that coaches teachers in using international classroom-to-classroom collaborations to teach core curriculum and global competence. Blue Planet was founded in 2008 by long-time educators and colleagues Cora Bresciano and Susan Gay Wemette, who continue to lead the organization today.
Each Fall and Spring semester, we pair teachers in the US and abroad and guide them in leading their students in writing- and arts-based initiatives. Using both hi-tech and low-tech methods of communication, students work together across geographical and cultural divides.
Using prepared curriculum and materials created and provided by Blue Planet, they might explore material culture by curating a multicultural digital museum…hone their creative writing and imagination skills by composing a digital anthology of stories and poetry…or learn about public speaking, writing, and theatre arts by producing a collaborative performance piece.
Each semester brings new projects and new opportunities for students to learn about the world firsthand by meeting and creating with their international peers.
We also lead an annual Summer Teacher Institute–an extraordinary weekend filled with hands-on workshops, absorbing theme talks, and interactive presentations by experts in the field.
And we offer bespoke professional development programs, both short- and long-term, to schools, school districts, International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, and arts schools that want to bring the many benefits of global education to their students.
Blue Planet’s international projects are unforgettable experiences that teach students how to establish common ground between cultures and to work on curriculum-relevant projects that allow them to take charge of their own learning. Students get to learn about the wider world from their peers who actually live there. And they learn more about their own homes as they teach their global partners about their own lives.
Blue Planet’s teacher materials include engaging lesson plans and curricula that have been created and refined over twelve years of global education initiatives. They align with widely-used educational standards and have been enjoyed by thousands of students and teachers worldwide.
This work of collaborating and learning across borders is creative and innovative, increasing student engagement and learning. It also contributes to international understanding, world peace, and the celebration of the rich diversity of humanity.