The Nobis Global Action Model is ideal for schools or programs looking for ways to add an international dimension to their classes using an innovative project-based learning approach to service-learning and global citizenship education. It guides K-12 students to comprehend current affairs and to devise ways to respond to local, national or global issues through a solutions-based model. Students critically analyze issues that impact our society and take action in a meaningful way.

This model also allows schools or programs to increase service-learning opportunities by providing a method that requires minimal transportation coordination yet maintains the high-quality benefits found in traditional service-learning programs. Our researched and teacher tested model has proven successful in teaching participants five dimensions of civic engagement: values, knowledge, skills, efficacy, and empathy.

The Nobis Global Action Model is helpful for schools with large immigrant populations, in racially or economically diverse schools, and in more homogeneous student populations to expose students to the value of learning from different perspectives. This model provides a framework for teaching 21st Century Skills, meets Common Core standards, enhances critical thinking and is appropriate for students K-12. 

Inspiring Introduction: In the Nobis Global Action program, where much of the learning is independently carried out, the introduction to project is critical to soliciting commitment from students. In order to bridge the distance of the international topic to the classroom, the teacher’s initial presentation must capture the personal experience behind the topic.
Student-Led Learning: After the introduction, the teacher’s role changes from instructor to facilitator and the students become responsible for their learning, which occurs during the student led process. It includes problem-solving, working as a team, and designing a project from start to finish. When students take part in decision-making they take responsibility in seeing the project through.
Research: In the Nobis Global Action Model, students learn about an international issue through independent and group research. The students select an aspect of the topic to further investigate. Lessons on media-literacy play an integral role in this step.
Action Design and Implementation: Service to others occurs during this step. Students determine a need, related to the topic, and a means to directly respond. This service, unlike traditional service-learning programs, does not involve the students having direct contact with the recipients of the service. Through this indirect service students learn how to envision, design and implement a project as a team.
Reflection: Ongoing organized reflection along each step of the Nobis Global Action project is critical. Reflection serves as a means for students to make connections between their classroom experiences, their previous knowledge and the new knowledge under investigation.


All participants of Nobis World programs receive training in the Nobis Global Action Model including a copy of the facilitators guide ebook.


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