Engage Students with Relevant Learning

Today’s world demands a global outlook in every subject and every classroom. As educators, our task is to help give students the skills, tools, and perspectives to become fulfilled human beings, responsible global citizens, and effective stewards of a sustainable future.

A focus on global issues and sustainability isn’t about adding another commitment to an already overloaded curriculum. In fact, the framework of global sustainability advances educational objectives by making all subjects more engaging, relevant, and solutions-oriented.

The curriculum resources and professional development that Facing the Future provides are academically rigorous, easy for teachers to implement into their already crowded classroom schedules, and highly engaging for students. Our extensive student and teacher outcomes assessments show that not only does our programming strongly engage students, but it does so equally effectively for students with a variety of learning styles, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Facing the Future resources include:

  • Curriculum resources on global issues and sustainable solutions, including student textbooks, teacher lesson plans, and thematic units that contain both lessons and student readings
  • Action and service learning information and opportunities

Educators use our resources because they:

Teach key concepts

  • Fundamental concepts infused throughout Facing the Future curriculum resources include systems connections, sustainability, poverty, equity, population, consumption, climate change, health, social justice, human rights, peace and conflict, and governance.

Build core academic skills

  • Facing the Future resources provide an engaging and effective context for teaching core subjects and skills, including reading, writing, and math.

  • Facing the Future materials promote additional skills necessary for effective participation in an interconnected world: critical and creative thinking, systems thinking, problem solving, decision making, collaboration and cooperative learning, media literacy, communication skills, and global awareness.

Reach students at different levels and learning styles

  • Facing the Future resources help close the achievement gap by utilizing varied teaching methods, such as group projects, kinesthetic activities, and action opportunities, to reach a diverse student population.
  • Facing the Future resources are in use in public, independent, and charter schools as well as informal educational settings throughout the United States and more than 142 other countries.

Are adaptable and easy to use

  • Facing the Future lessons and readings can be used as primary materials for a global issues course or as supplemental materials in core subjects including science, social studies, language arts, math, and ESL/ELL. They can serve as an engaging contextual framework and/or as a quick “plug-in” unit.