Overview 2016-17

Global Education Motivators (GEM)
2016-2017 Overview of Programs

Conferences and Events - Emphasizing human rights and human development, GEM programs are designed to create substantive experiences for students and teachers to work across cultures to better understand their world.  A major objective of GEM is to move students and educators into action related to the important global issues of our time.

21st Annual United Nations Day - For the past 20 years, GEM has provided students in grades 8-12 the opportunity to learn more about the work of the United Nations in our interdependent world, particularly in the area of human rights, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), and now the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).  At UN Day, the students will work with specific subthemes. They will split into small groups based on their interest in the subthemes and discuss sustainable and attainable solutions for these global issues. Background documents on the subthemes are disseminated prior to UN Day so that students have a foundation upon which to learn and participate.   

             United Nations Day events will be held:
        Friday October 21 in Hammonton, New Jersey at St. Joseph HS

Various areas schools will attend this all day event.  Keynote speakers will come from the United Nations.    

Student Leadership Conference on Development at the United Nations (SLCD@UN) This year’s conference will focus on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The SDG’s are a continuation of the highly successful MDG’s, which are end3d in 2015. The 17 SDG’s will work to help end extreme poverty in the world by 2030.
This year’s theme is: Happiness, Good Health, and Well Being.

The vision of UNSLCD is for youth (ages 14-18) to be empowered to be part of the solution to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Students participating in the UNSLCD will be affiliated with one of three subthemes and work closely with other students from around the world who are a part of the same subtheme. They will research, discuss, and analyze cross culturally to decide on the most attainable and sustainable solutions to their specific global issue. Student leaders will meet on-line to draft a Plan of Action that will be developed for their discussion and completion at the United Nations on February 20th, 2017. At the end of the conference, the students will vote “yes” or “no” for an agreed-to Plan of Action. It will be a live webcast with students participating from around the world.  March 20th is the International Day for Happiness and many students will do community projects on that day based on what they accomplished with their Plan of Action.

Global Solutions Lab
- Developed by GEM with BigPictureSmallWorld Inc., university students, professionals, and educators (ages 19 and up) gather at Chestnut Hill College from around the world to participate in an intensive eight day Lab. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from diverse UN representatives related to the annual theme and to develop comprehensive and provable strategies for addressing some of the world's most critical problems. On the final day of the Lab, students present their work at the UN to a panel from different areas of expertise at the UN. Participants will learn a powerful strategic design and planning methodology, as well as leadership, group processes, and problem solving skills.  All participants will also have their work published. The 2017 lab will take place June 18 to June 26 with a focus on the eradication of extreme poverty by 2030.
There are tuition free scholarships available for CHC students.

Three Part On-Line Professional Development Series - Teaching the Effects of Armed Conflict on Children using Primary Sources from the Library of Congress - This three part series is for educators of grades 6-12 and is offered at various times at a mutually agreed to time period. (minimum of five in a group)

Session 1 - Using the Library of Congress Website
Session 2 - Personal Perspectives from a former child soldier
Session 3 - Making Connections - TPS Teachers Network

On-line Course: Participants in the online course will view the prerecorded video of each of the sessions and then participate in the online course supported online Blackboard.com
Interactive Videoconference: Schedule the interactive videoconference at a time that fits your group's schedule. This program can be done via traditional vc equipment or via an online platform such as Skype.
Onsite Program: Bring this program to your site for an unforgettable experience. A three hour window will be needed to complete the onsite workshop. GEM workshop presenters are available to sites in mid-Atlantic PA, NJ, MD, DC, DE, and NY. Contact us if you are outside this region.

Video Conferences - Communication exchange across cultures has always been central to GEM’s work. From an “Around the World” 24-hour videoconference for a high school in NJ to selected global topics, this is a very active area for GEM.  By June of 2015 GEM worked with in excess of 4000 students through facilitating and presenting to a K-20 audience of students and teachers.  

Some topic examples include: The UN: Myth vs. Reality, The Effect of Armed Conflict on Children, Millennium Development Goals, No More Business as Usual, Globalization 101, Climate Change, From Independence to Interdependence, Building Peace by Ending Poverty, Arab Perspectives, Ethics of Social Media, African Folk Tales, Rwanda: Conflict and Recovery, and Live from Ukraine.  

Arab Programs – In an expanding relationship with the Arab world, videoconferences are prepared for high school and college/university level students to participate across cultures in customized programs with the United Nations on a variety of issues.  Special emphasis is given to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Cross cultural programs can be customized outside of a UN connection.  Visit www.gem-me.org.

To Book any of these programs or for more information, please email cusimano@chc.edu or call 215-248-1150

Upcoming Events
Coming Soon:
Student Conference on the Paris Agreement

International Day for Peace 2018
September 21, 2018
Student Leadership Conference on Development 2019
February 2019

Select Global and Educational Events:

Human Rights Day
December 10, 2018
United Nations Climate Summit 2019
Learn More


GEM Highlights
Good News Agency
Learn about Positive Efforts Around the World and be Inspired

Lesson Plans on the Sustainable Development Goals -
World's Largest Lesson

Lesson Plans and Resources for Teaching Primary Sources with the Library of Congress
Effects of Armed Conflict on Children

New Distance Learning Program
Live from Ukraine