Global Awareness Program (GAPs), Our Educational Resources...

As educators we are aware that widely adopted traditional textbooks lack a holistic approach and global perspective. Our books and educational resources strive to fill in these gaps by offering engaging alternative curriculum rather than the “one-size fits all” world of standardized testing and corporate textbooks. Our books and resources have been thoughtfully designed for educators and students in grades 9 through university. With most educational resources coming from the for-profit world, along with a hefty price tag, these very affordable resources are sold through our non-profit organization, the Center for Global Awareness, whose mission is to provide affordably priced and inspiring educational resources. Authors Dr. Denise R. Ames and Nancy W. Harmon are veteran educators, who are able to write freely about and interpret global topics and world history without constraints of whether the book will meet profit goals of corporate investors.

Educators will find this standards-based curriculum especially helpful in teaching about global issues, cross-cultural topics, holistic world history, and in globalizing their curriculum. Students will find this approach connects topics such as history and global issues to their everyday lives in a meaningful way.

What is the mission of GAPs?

The mission is to provide a globally-focused and culturally-enhancing, alternative educational curriculum that fills in the “gaps” of traditional educational subjects.

What is the GAPs curricula?

The curriculum is designed for educators, students in grades 9-12, college undergraduates, and the general reading public. This thought-provoking and timely series systematically explores a range of critical global issues, engaging cross-cultural topics and holistic approaches to history. The series has teacher resources guides, activities, and links to additional resources.

Are the books in the GAP series textbooks?

Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History can certainly be used as a stand-alone-textbook, as can The Global Economy: Connecting the Roots of a Holistic System. Our other books and upcoming books are engaging short reads designed to supplement textbooks or other curriculum.

Who are the GAPs authors?

Dr. Denise R. Ames draws upon her extensive teaching experience, varied personal experiences, far-reaching world travels, and careful research in developing an alternative, holistic, globally-focused approach to world history, the global economy, and significant global topics. She has over 30 years teaching experience in secondary schools, a community college, universities, professional development training, and public speaking. She is the founder and president of the Center for Global Awareness, author of four books and two forthcoming books, and blogs regularly for CGA.

Nancy W. Harmon, MA draws on her 30 years in different teaching capacities to add a multi-cultural and global perspective to the CGA curriculum. Her book, International Folktales for English Language Learners, was inspired by her students’ delighted response to the folktales from around the world she used to teach English language skills in U.S. classrooms and abroad. It is developmentally organized for high beginning through intermediate students and offers comprehension, vocabulary, and sentence building exercises as well as lively communicative activities.

Who is the audience for the GAPs curriculum?

The GAPs curriculum is thoughtfully designed for educators and students who wish to add a holistic, alternative approach to their social studies curriculum or other programs. Educators will find this curriculum especially helpful in teaching about current events, cross-cultural topics, holistic world history, and globalizing their curriculum. Students will find this approach links topics such as history to their everyday lives in a meaningful way.

The Dimensions of Global Awareness

The following diagram gives the full scope of how global awareness can be a part of the educational experience for students and educators.

1. Global Awareness Advances Knowledge

  • sees world as a system
  • fosters cultural awareness
  • analyzes global issues
  • appreciates multiple worldviews
  • understands world culture/history

2. Global Awareness Fosters 21st Century Skills

  • investigates information
  • utilizes technology
  • communicates and collaborates
  • solves problems creatively and critically
  • draws on experiences

3. Global Awareness Enhances Attitudes and Behaviors

  • appreciates human commonalities
  • recognizes human choice
  • values multiple perspectives
  • expresses empathy and compassion
  • commits to global justice

4. Global Awareness Encourages Engagement

  • learns through projects 
  • engages in service learning
  • inspires stories and the arts
  • studies foreign languages
  • promotes student-focused learning

The Global Awareness Program series (GAPs)

  1. Envisions new paradigm thinking and learning.
  2. Uses a holistic approach.
  3. Infuses a global perspective.
  4. Sees through a big picture lens.
  5. Draws on transdisciplinary knowledge.
  6. Applies systems thinking.
  7. Encourages openness and world-mindedness.
  8. Imagines the world as an interdependent web.
  9. Connects topics to real life education.
  10. Inspires students and educators to action.
  11. Places the environment as the nexus.
  12. Challenges students to a rigorous curriculum.
  13. Studies patterns and relationships across time and space.
  14. Fosters curiosity about new ideas and hope for the future.
  15. Motivates students to act in creating a just and sustainable planet.

Global Awareness News

Joan Brodsky Schur, co-author with Denise Ames of the Middle East Lesson Plan, has just published an article in Euro Clio (European Assoc. of History Educators), A Historical Memory: Thinking Critically about Museums and Monuments with Students. Great for educators!

 

New Free Global Lesson Plan:
Korean Pop Culture: Entertainment for a Globalized World

Global Awareness Blog

Finland: Espousing Values in a Globalized World

Five Worldviews, Part IV

Five Worldviews, Part III

Five Worldviews, Part II

Five Worldviews, Part I

A Populist Worldview, Part II

A Populist Worldview, Part I

Reviving Local Traditions in Arles, France

Monte Carlo: The Yacht Epicenter of the Upper 1%

Why Donald Trump is America's President-Elect

Global Awareness July 2017 Newsletter

Thought-provoking books. Just in time for the fall school year!


Do you sometimes wonder if human beings will ever learn to get along? Gain a clearer picture of understanding differences through the lens of five distinct worldviews with Five Worldviews: The Way We See the World. Great for students!



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Five Worldviews: The Way We See the World
Gain a clearer picture of today’s ever-changing events through the lens of five distinct worldviews. What worldview do you most closely identify with? Dr. Denise R. Ames. $9.95! (e-reader $7.95)

 

Human Rights: Towards a Global Values System
Many obstacles obstruct the path to the implementation of universal human rights, but through the work of social movements, activists and organizations this worthy goal can be realized. Dr. Denise R. Ames. $17.95! (e-reader $14.50)

 

 

Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History, Second Edition
From the big bang to the present, this "big picture" approach organizes the overarching development of humans into five major transformations called waves. With an updated chapter 8, The Global Wave. Dr. Denise R. Ames. $34.95 now $22.95! (e-reader $18.95)

 

Waves of Global Change: An Educator's Handbook for Teaching a Holistic World History
Explains the principles of a holistic world history model for educators to use in the classroom. Dr. Denise R. Ames $17.95 now $14.95 (e-reader $11.95)

 

International Folktales: For English Language Learners
Folktales from different cultures can add spice to classrooms. Nancy W. Harmon $12.95 now $10.95 (e-reader $8.95)

 

The Global Economy: Connecting the Roots of A Holistic System
Gives a realistic portrayal of the relationship of the global economy to society and the environment from a holistic perspective. Dr. Denise R. Ames $24.95 now $19.95 (e-reader $15.95)

 

Financial Literacy: Wall Street and How it Works
Explains the growth of the financial sector, its concentration of wealth, political influence, and contribution to economic inequality. Dr. Denise R. Ames $18.95 now $15.95 (e-reader $12.95)

 

Connecting the Roots of the Global Economy: A Holistic Approach, Brief Edition
Offers an alternative and understandable approach that gives a realistic portrayal of the relationship of the global economy to society and the environment from a holistic perspective. Dr. Denise R. Ames $19.95 now $16.95 (e-reader $13.95)