Teacher Development and Resources
Curriculum to Support Educators
We believe that education is the key to change, and that change begins in our very own classrooms. Without caring educators like you, Free The Children’s youth programs would not be possible. Our support for educators helps you build compassion and global understanding in your students.
In partnership with several school boards and other education based organizations, we create tangible curriculum-based resource guides, lesson plans and other classroom-ready materials to help educators engage their students in:
- Global citizenship
- Active learning
- Social and global issues
- Character education
To date, Free The Children has collaborated with educational leaders at the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Peel District School Board, the Catholic Curriculum Corporation and many more.
Our collection includes resources and lesson plans on:
- Sustainable Development
- Literacy and Critical Thinking
- Financial Literacy
Visit the Resources page to access these materials.
Social issues curriculum transforms at-risk students’ behaviour
Educator and mentor Erica Reeves felt that the Free The Children program would give students at Milburn Academy a chance to take their education one step further. She encouraged a small group of sophomores—kids who had never taken part in an extra-curricular activity before—to get involved and right away the program had a significant impact on them.
In the small, rural town of Midland, Texas, Milburn Academy is home to a few hundred at-risk youth who struggled in traditional public schools with broken homes, crime, and teen pregnancy, to name a few. At Milburn, these kids get a second chance thanks to an alternative curriculum and teaching approach. The secrets to the school’s success are smaller class sizes, catering to individual learning styles, and accommodating class schedules.
Erica noted that she sees a direct correlation between the rise in attendance and decline in problematic behaviour of these students as a result of being involved in the Free The Children curriculum.
Perhaps it is because of Erica’s unique approach to the program that her students have been so empowered to change the world. For example, while studying Bolivia, they looked extensively at how child labour impacts a child’s chances of getting an education. The subject resonated with the students, many of whom have worked to support themselves and their families for years.
Erica describes club meetings as “mini-UN meetings” because her students come from such diverse backgrounds. One student named Alyssia is from Mexico and often travels back and forth to visit family members. Erica noticed that Alyssia has found new leadership skills through sharing her experiences with the rest of the club.
Another student named Megan works full time at Subway so that she can help her family financially. She has to plan her class schedule around work and make up some time by doing extra credit online at home. Despite all of this, Megan has been inspired to take action to help others around the world. At work she leaves a small donation can for her customers to drop spare change in and then brings the can to school to add to the club’s fundraising total.
As they continue to move from country to country through Latin America in their social justice curriculum, there is no doubt that these students are changing the lives of others, as well as their own.
Global Voices is an exciting classroom-based program aimed at developing global citizens! This unique educational program gives educators the opportunity to inspire their students to change the world through issues-based activities and discussion.
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Bring this program to your students by signing up to receive free elementary and secondary school classroom activities that are prepared in advance by a team of educational consultants. All activities contain a variety of questions aimed at sparking global issues discussions in your classroom and enhancing the media literacy and critical thinking skills of your students.Sign up now
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