Links to Diplomacy
E-Pals connects registered classrooms with students and educators in 191 countries, allowing classroom-to-classroom project sharing. Students practice language and literacy skills through teacher-supervised global penpals.
Paintbrush Diplomacy encourages awareness of international issues and supports children’s causes through a variety of programs including educational exchanges, community exhibits, and special events.
Taking it Global
TakingITGlobal.org is an online community that connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action in their local and global communities. It's the world's most popular online community for young people interested in making a difference.
Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI)
The YLI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. YLI is funded by the United States Congress, the Virginia General Assembly, and private donations. YLI develops free K-12 civic education resources designed to encourage student interest and participation in the American political process.
Friendship Through Education (FTE)
The FTE, launched by the U.S. Department of Education in response to the events surrounding September 11, 2001, continues to work to build strong and lasting relationships between American children and those from other countries and cultures.
iEARN is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and young people to use the Internet and other new technologies to collaborate on projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world.
International Communication and Negotiation Simulations (ICONS)
The ICONS Project offers high school and university students from around the world the opportunity to participate in Internet-based simulations that teach communication and negotiation skills while exploring some of the most contentious political issues of the day.
Americans for Informed Democracy (AID)
Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) is a non-partisan non-profit organization working to raise global awareness on more than 500 U.S. university campuses and in more than 10 countries. AID coordinates town hall meetings on America's role in the world, hosts leadership retreats, and publishes opinion pieces and reports on issues of global importance.
United States Institute of Peace: Classroom simulations
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly engaging in peacebuilding efforts around the globe.
Teaching Tolerance was founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center and provides educators with free educational materials that promote respect for differences and appreciation of diversity in the classroom and beyond.
Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR)
ESR helps educators create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning environments. We also help educators work with young people to develop the social skills, emotional competencies, and qualities of character they need to succeed in school and become contributing members of their communities.
International Education Week (IEW)
This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
Library of Congress
The web site of the Library of Congress offers many resources on U.S. Diplomacy, including: Frontline Diplomacy, The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies
Model UN program
The Model UN Program is a powerful way for students to learn about international relations and the importance of diplomacy in shaping the world. The Model UN Program allows students to learn about current global issues by playing the role of a country's UN representative, writing resolutions, making speeches, and trying their hand at negotiation.
The State Department's Bureau of International Organizations presents a Model UN Conference at the State Department in May each year, co-sponsored with Global Classrooms Washington, DC of the UN Association of the National Capital Area.
The State Department Model UN is open to students from public high schools and selected middle schools in the Washington, DC area. The USDC contributes to training sessions for students and teachers, orients State Department employees to be volunteers at the Model UN, and helps organize and run the Model UN conference.
Link to an article in the Washington Post on the Model UN program.
There are many ways for students and educators to learn about the world of diplomacy. One way is to look into the world of diplomacy by exploring the photo galleries available on the State Department website and on the websites of American embassies and missions overseas.
The State Department Photo Gallery reveals the varied work of American diplomats and tells about their lives overseas. If you are working on a school project and need photographs of American diplomats in action, you can find them in the State Department Photo Gallery. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/
Students and educators can find more photos of American diplomats at work looking on the websites of American diplomatic missions overseas. U.S. Embassies, Consulates, Missions to intergovernmental organizations, and Virtual Presence Posts all feature photos of American diplomats in action in that country. For a list of all U.S. embassy websites, go to http://usembassy.state.gov/
To learn about the American Ambassadors now representing the United States at our embassies, consulates, and other mission sites abroad and also about the senior officials at the State Department in Washington, go to: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/index.htm
Finally, the monthly publication "State Magazine" carries stories on State Department staff in action and is available on-line.
Go to: http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/statemag/