Calling all teachers, educators, agents of change—two fantastic opportunities are coming to Seattle this August!

Building upon the success of last year’s one-day educational workshop, Global Visionaries has partnered with Seattle University’s School of Education, Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Seattle Public Schools, Global Weeks, and the World Affairs Council to develop the 2014 Global Leadership Summer Institute for Educators.


There are two opportunities available this year:

  • The five-day Institute from August 4-8.
  • The one-day workshop on Friday, August 29.

Both programs are designed to provide teachers with the tools to create a democratic classroom, a climate of mutual respect, and shared ownership among the students. Participants will leave with lesson plans, sample course policies, and access to a wealth of ready-to-use curricula.

This year’s institute and workshop are made possible by a generous grant from the Bezos Family Foundation.

“I am honored to be partnering with the Bezos Family Foundation to put on the Global Leadership Summer Institute for educators,” says Chris Fontana, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Global Visionaries and a facilitator of this year’s Institute. “Once teachers learn that they can create a democratic classroom and empower youth to actively engage in building a powerful learning community, they never go back to traditional autocratic methods of teaching so prevalent in our schools!”

Applications involve completing a short web form and a Letter of Intent along with a tuition payment of $500. Full and partial scholarships are available. However, teachers who commit to implementing a Global Leadership course receive a full tuition waiver, as well as a $250 stipend upon completion of the first year of implementation.

For more information about this summer’s Institute, please visit or contact Erin Packard, the Global Leadership Summer Institute Coordinator at