Join Us in January for Blue Planet’s 4th Annual Teacher Institute!

Faces and Spaces: Teaching Identity, Culture, and Geography through Global Education 

What do we think we know about the world and its people because of the stories we’ve been told–by history books, news outlets, propaganda, or social media?

When students and their global peers share their own experiences, their own stories of living in a particular nation or culture, the learning that results is authentic and personal. In an international collaboration, students serve as primary sources for each other’s learning. They are given access to true things about each other’s traditions, values, and daily lives–facts and perspectives they might not come across in any other way.

Good global education initiatives can involve fascinating and highly useful activities that teach students about their global neighbors and the endlessly interesting world they occupy. At Blue Planet’s 4th Annual Teacher Institute, you’ll spend an exciting weekend learning how to use arts and writing projects to introduce your students to the wider world and, when you’re ready, to connect them with their peers overseas in meaningful international collaborations.

You’ll enjoy information-packed talks, hands-on workshops, lots of take-home resources, and plenty of interacting with other globally-minded educators. It’s a unique professional development experience that will reinvigorate your teaching and provide you with the tools you need to immediately start bringing the benefits of global learning to your students.

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM ATTENDING? Teachers, professors, teaching artists/writers, cultural educators, and graduate students who intend to teach in grades 3 through college will all gain invaluable knowledge, experience, and resources from the Institute.

WHEN & WHAT: Friday, January 17 from 5-9 pm: Welcome Party and Personal Creativity Workshop at the home of Blue Planet Co-Founder Dr. Susan Gay Wemette

Saturday, January 18 from 9 am-4:30 pm: Hands-on workshops and theme talks at the Mandel Library in downtown West Palm Beach

COST: $149 includes all theme talks, workshops, materials, and take-away resources

PROGRAM with session titles will be posted here soon.



Dr. Charlie Gleek, Global Educator, Florida Atlantic University

Charlie Gleek earned his Master’s Degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lynn University. Charlie’s published scholarship works across disciplinary boundaries and appears in i.e.: inquiry in education and with trade publishers Pearson Education. A veteran educator, Charlie has taught high school, undergraduate and graduate students, developed professional development curriculum, and facilitated workshops for K12, university, and community educators in the United States, Europe, and online. Charlie lives in Boca Raton where he teaches and researches as a Ph.D. student in the Comparative Studies program at Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Susan Gay Wemette, Executive Director, Blue Planet Writers’ Room

Susan Gay Wemette is the co-founder and a director of Global Language Café. For the past ten years, she has been the Co-Executive Director of Blue Planet Writers’ Room, a non-profit dedicated to global education through arts-integrated international collaborations. Susan holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on arts education, an MFA in Acting, and a BFA in Theatre. She lives in Lake Worth, Florida, with her husband and three children.

Dr. Kate Schmitt, Associate Professor of English, Florida Atlantic University

Kate Schmitt earned her M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Houston. She is a visual artist as well as a writer, and her writing has appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Weight of Addition: An Anthology of Texas Poets, for which she won an Editor’s Choice Award. She has also published her visual work, poetry, and essays in literary journals, including Third CoastEssay DailyThe Florida Review, and The Rumpus. She grew up in New Hampshire and Hong Kong and now lives in Boca Raton, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and book arts at Florida Atlantic University.


Graphic: Friendship Starts with Good Communication by Phil Whitehouse from London, United Kingdom CC BY 2.0,


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