Beyond the Block's Global Awareness Curriculum creates emotional and intellectual connections across borders.
The purpose of this curriculum is to
help students become more globally
aware by improving their understanding
of others and themselves, developing
their critical thinking skills, and
increasing their future-thinking habits.
By providing students with a way to
locate themselves globally, we open up
new local pathways through which they
can interpret who they are, who they
could be, and who they want to be.
Trackable assignments for classroom use in grades 6-12
Teachers can sign up and teach the lessons in a traditional classroom format. Or, students can sign up directly. We are happy to provide teachers with reports on their classes. This is all free!
Transformative content aligned with Common Core Standards
Our curriculum is based in critical, anti-racist pedagogical practices. Click here for our curriculum handbook, which we are currently adapting for our online courses.
Our curriculum can be administered:
->As specific course units in various subjects such as World/Foreign Language,
History/Social Science, Humanities, Ethnic Studies.
->As a specialized Saturday School program.
->As part of a psycho-educational group in a group home setting or school setting.
->In a continuation or independent study school setting.
->In a juvenile detention facility setting (juvenile hall or camp).
->As a targeted intervention for a specific student subgroup.
->As a cover for mid to long-term substitute needs.
Research-based, culturally-relevant curriculum developed by experienced professionals
Our curriculum developer, Deborah Ribera, has a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and is currently an Assistant Professor at Cal State Los Angeles. She has been teaching in-person for Beyond the Block for 10 years and has taught over 3,000 students at 13 K-12 schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She recently developed this online curriculum to broaden the number of students we can reach with this important material. Dr. Ribera has experience teaching classes such as Ethnic Studies, Cultural Pluralism, Multicultural Counseling, and Disability in Contemporary Society to university students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Ribera's CV can be found here.
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Beyond the Block: The Dominican Republic
This video learning tool for students in grades 6-12 profiles the everyday lives of children living in a rural community in the Dominican Republic. This video examines themes of education, culture, and poverty through the experiences and perspectives of those who live in the community.
Beyond the Block: Haiti
This documentary features the stories of children and young adults living in Port-au-Prince who understand life in Haiti not from the evening news but from their own first-hand experience. The stories of pain, resilience, and hope will not just inspire viewers, but also challenge them to critically examine traditional media representations of Haiti.
Beyond the Block: Bosnia
COMING SOON: This video gives students an overview of the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The video presents a general overview of the Balkan war of 1991-1995, including the role of the US and NATO. Young adults who lived through the war as children recount stories of fear, humor, and perseverance through the man-made human suffering of war.
Beyond the Block: Alaska
COMING SOON: This video explores the topics of indigenous populations and preservation of heritage and tradition.
Are YOU interested in having us come to your school or agency and profile your community? Does your school or agency want a FREE promotional video? If you can help us identify a good time to visit, talkative people to interview, and a place to stay with a few hours of electricity a day, we will produce a promotional video for you while we are filming our own footage! Click here for more information.