U.S. Department of State: Solving Global Problems



The U.S. Department of State is excited to announce Solving Global Problems — a free, self-paced online course for U.S. educators!


Problem solving ignites students’ critical thinking and creativity. It teaches students how to apply knowledge and skills to complex problems and it empowers students to make a difference in the world. Global competence equips students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to be successful in today’s interconnected world.

Through this course educators will be equipped with an understanding of what problem-driven learning is and how to apply it in their classrooms, whether that is in person or virtually. This introductory course is designed for an audience of busy professionals who are motivated to engage their students with real challenges. Educators will explore how global problems can be introduced across content areas and grade levels. One of the most challenging parts can be getting started. This course will provide practical ideas for connecting problem-driven learning to standards and resources to apply in your practice. Learn more and start today! The Solving Global Problems program offers:

  • A 4.5-hour massive open online course

  • Lesson plans and videos

  • Testimonials from expert teachers across the United States

  • Threaded discussions with colleagues

  • Opportunities for practical applications

Educators who successfully complete the course will receive a U.S. Department of State Global Problem-Solving Educator badge and certificate noting 4.5 hours of independent professional learning. The course will be open April – September 2021. Enrollees will work at their own pace to complete the 5 hours of asynchronous instruction. Register HERE.


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