Participate offers pre-service and in-service teachers with grade-band specific professional learning focused on the integration of global concepts within the curriculum. Their continuous learning platform integrates professional development courses, curricular resources and collaborative learning opportunities to support teachers in their integration of global concepts across subject areas.

Educators learn strategies for transforming teaching practices and impacting student learning by implementing ready-to-use lessons and developing their own as they progress through professional development courses. Teachers can collaborate and share evidence of their learning in a trusted online community, earn and collect digital badges in living portfolios and work toward global-ready teacher designation.

All Participate-created content is standards-aligned and rooted in global project-based inquiry. Upon completion of each professional development course, teachers are awarded 10 hours that may be used toward license renewal credits./p>

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  • 47 globally themed professional learning modules
  • Appropriate for pre- or in-service K-12 educators across subject areas 
  • Novice or intermediate technology skills required
  • Online community and tools for collaboration and ongoing support
  • Digital badging (Licensure credit options available)
  • Extensive library of ready-to-use curricular resources

Seal of Alignment Review

Participate professional development courses successfully underwent the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Seal of Alignment review for Proficiency. Reviewers determined that this resource provides substantial opportunities for teachers to practice the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the ISTE Standards for Teachers. With 47 project-based learning courses, teachers learn how to integrate global concepts within their curriculum and various tools for enhancing student learning in a global context. With technology as a common thread throughout the program, teachers apply digital tools in their own learning and effectively use digital tools to support student learning in an integrated way.

“Participate offers professional development of the highest quality and depth with a focus on global concepts and the integration of technology.”  — ISTE Review Report

Seal of Alignment for Proficiency


This resource offers a flexible implementation plan and opportunities to practice the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the ISTE Standards for Teachers.

Date awarded: May 2015

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Participate professional development courses were found to support implementation of the following ISTE Standards for Teachers:

1.  Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity

1.a. Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness

1.b. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources

1.c. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning and creative processes

1.d. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues and others in face-to-face and virtual environments

2. Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments

2.a. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity

2.b. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning and assessing their own progress

2.c. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies and abilities using digital tools and resources

2.d. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching

3. Model digital age work and learning

3.a. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations

3.b. Collaborate with students, peers, parents and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation

3.c. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats

3.d.  Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate and use information resources to support research and learning

4. Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility

4.a. Advocate, model and teach safe, legal and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property and the appropriate documentation of sources

4.b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources

4.c. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information

4.d.  Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information

5. Engage in professional growth and leadership

5.a. Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning

5.c. Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning

5.d. Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community