Educators are critical partners in empowering global citizens from around the world as lifelong leaders of positive change. We collaborate with schools to bolster their global education offerings and provide opportunities for professional development using the GCI Method.


Partner Schools

GCI collaborates with exceptional schools around the world to nominate potential Fellows. As our relationship grows, schools move from Exploratory, to Associate, to Partner - each tier denoting a higher level of commitment to the GCI network.



Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter, NH, USA



American School in Japan

Tokyo, Japan

King School

Stamford, CT, USA

Ravenscroft School

Raleigh, NC, USA

29 countries represented



29 countries represented
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"As we educate the citizens of tomorrow, preparation for living in a global community, and for doing so in a positive, constructive way, is essential. Bravo to the Global Citizens Initiative for taking on these challenges."

Dr. Howard Gardner

Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education 

Harvard University


The GCI Seminar

for Educators

The Seminar provides secondary school educators and administrators with a unique opportunity to expose them to an ethics-based leadership curriculum while engaging with students from around the globe who are participating in the GCI Summit, GCI's flagship event and the launchpad for the 10-month GCI Fellowship.

GCI has postponed the GCI Seminar for Educators 2021 and is looking forward to welcoming the next cohort of Educators in 2022.



Secondary school educators and administrators are exposed to Discussion-Based Learning, Design Thinking and Human Connectivity (the GCI Method). This is an ethics-based leadership curriculum grounded on project and discussion-based methodologies that:


  • Develop leadership skills for the 21st century

  • Enhance global competence and citizenship 

  • Instill communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills

  • Foster the design of creative solutions to social issues

We are excited to offer an enhanced Seminar program curated by Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero team in 2022. 



The Seminar is an intensive program combining interactive workshops, observation of students in action at the Summit and periods of reflection to consider integration of various techniques in the classroom.


  • Observe a Discussion-Based Learning class (Harkness® Session) in action

  • Participate directly in a Design Thinking Workshop and a leadership case study

  • Shadow students as they develop their "Glocal" Service Projects (GSPs)

  • Join a collaborative session on ethics

The format of this program is entirely in English. Sessions include group discussions and active class participation.

Harkness® is a registered trademark of Phillips Exeter Academy.


Who: 12 secondary school educators and administrators from around the globe

  • Small cohort to ensure highly individualized attention

When: Summer 2022

  • In parallel with the Summit

Where: University of St Andrews in Scotland​

Cost: US$3,400

  • Tuition costs cover all organized activities, workbooks, required reading and transportation between Seminar venues

  • Lodging (approximately US$125 per night) and round-trip travel to Scotland are not included

  • Financial aid is available on a limited basis



  • Online application

  • 3 Essays

  • Resume/CV

  • Headshot (optional)

  • Financial Aid: A limited amount of financial aid from GCI is available. We encourage you to apply for financial aid if you require assistance in meeting the cost of attendance.

  • Application Fee: US$35


Acceptance to the program is competitive and space is limited. Offers will be made on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible.

After much consideration, GCI has postponed the GCI Seminar for Educators 2021 and is looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of Educators in 2022.

GCI Seminar 2019 in Tokyo

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