Smart List: 366 Global Innovators, Networks, Resources, and Champions

Getting Smart is acknowledging people and organizations making a difference with the 3rd Annual Smart Lists. During October and November you’ll see about 20 ‘Best of’ lists, not in order, not exhaustive, just people we appreciate doing innovative work. Today we are recognizing global innovators and changemakers, organizations and networks making an impact on the field of global education. Tweet this list out at #GlobalEd, #SmartPlanet and other hashtags, tag other organizations and keep the conversation going… global!

We’ve written about how innovations in learning are spanning the globe in our Smart Planet series (#SmartPlanet), and we’ve recently listened to Tom tell stories of global innovations in learning from his recent trip to South Africa. The following list provides a starting point for educators, policymakers and parents to support global competencies for students (and themselves)!

Global Education Networks

Global Leaders in US States, Districts, and Schools

Global Awareness Resources

Global Collaboration and Citizenship

Global Education Champions

Educator Exchanges

Resources, Meetings and Activities

Global Voices

What else would you add to this list? Email [email protected] with the subject line: Global Ed or comment below. Tweet out at #GlobalEd365 and share with us on @Getting_Smart.

Special thanks to guest author Dave Potter (@GlobalReady) at VIF International Education for his contributions to this list. If you don’t already, follow Dave on Twitter for all things #GlobalEd.

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Khitam Al-Utaibi

Thank you for this valuable informative list , as well as thanking you for including me @Khitamah!

Terry Grier

Did I miss seeing Houston ISD on this list? We have 53 dual language elementary schools--including Texas' first Mandarin and the country's first Arabic Immersion school. Lamar High Schools traditionally leads the nation in the number of IB diplomas awarded. Our global graduate initiative is fantastic!


Tom Vander Ark

Thanks Terry. Houston ISD is on our list of School Districts Worth Visiting for these and other reasons

We're writing a paper on ELL & dual language and will certainly highlight Houston's leadership

Patrick Walsh

This is an amazing list! Could I ask that you add a site? It is the product of my Fulbright grant in Finland. is a teacher-made, teacher-run website dedicated to making it easier for educators anywhere to collaborate on global issues through its online bulletin board and teaching resources. It encourages teacher-to-teacher and student-to-student dialogue across borders, thus fostering global understanding. It is not a company but a place online for teachers, where they can share assignments, links, and ideas for classroom activities. They can also work together to plan joint lessons on issues such as climate change and the migration crisis—and enable their students to communicate directly about these vital topics. When we help our students talk to and learn from other students in other parts of the world, we help them to promote global peace and understanding, an experience that should not be reserved for those who can afford to study abroad. is a new tool to aid such intercultural dialogue. ​

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