World Heritage Educators Needs Assessment

Organization: 
Global Philadelphia Association
City: 
Philadelphia
State: 
Pennsylvania
Organization Overview: 

The Global Philadelphia Organization (GPA) is a member-based non-profit that was created to assist and to encourage greater interaction among the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the Greater Philadelphia Region; to promote the development of an international consciousness within the region; and to enhance the region’s global profile. As the result of a joint venture between the City of Philadelphia and GPA, Philadelphia was accepted as a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) and became recognized as a “World Heritage City” in 2015. The World Heritage City (WHC) Project was then established to seize the opportunities that this new status affords the citizens of Philadelphia.

A major component of the Project is the World Heritage Education Program, which aims to broaden students’ understandings of their own and other cultures and to prepare them to be successful in a rapidly globalizing world. The goal of the Program is to provide all Philadelphia area students and educators with the resources that they need to learn about and to teach World Heritage. We have worked with teachers to develop resources like lesson plans and our Philadelphia World Heritage Coloring Book, to provide training, to promote study abroad opportunities, and to support and encourage their efforts to bring World Heritage into their classrooms.

Project Name: 
World Heritage Educators Needs Assessment
Project Type: 
Program Evaluation; Needs Assessment
Project Overview: 

Because we focus on supporting the efforts of teachers and schools to teach World Heritage, we would like to conduct a teacher needs assessment, exploring the areas in which teachers have unmet needs or experience barriers (both institutional and practical) in their efforts to teach World Heritage. We plan to then design our teacher engagement activities (trainings, PD workshops, etc.) to directly address meeting these needs and dismantling the barriers. 

We would like the project consultant(s) to design a needs assessment survey, administer the survey, and conduct an analysis with suggestions for program development and improvement to better meet the identified needs. 

The needs assessment will focus on two populations: (1) the established network of teachers who have been active in our programs or have expressed interest in World Heritage education and (2) under-resourced schools in low-income areas with high populations of English Language Learners. The survey sample will include teachers from both populations mentioned and be representative of the following subgroups: school type (public, private, charter, and parochial schools) and grade level. 

Deliverable(s)

The deliverables will be: (1) the needs assessment survey, (2) the raw data collected, (3) a report describing the methodology, findings, and suggestions for program improvement. 

Spots Available: 
1-4
Eligibility: 
Full-Time
To Apply: 

To apply for this project, please contact Cassie Tomkins at ctomkins@upenn.edu.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829

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