Northeast Global Education Center

The mission of the Northeast Global Education Center at Salem State is to help educators bring a global perspective to schools within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The center provides programs, projects, workshops, pre-service and in-service training, resources, and consultation to administrators, teachers, librarians, and counselors as a means of promoting competence in international issues, cross-cultural awareness and content strands of the preK to 12 curriculum.


As a member center of the Massachusetts Global Education Consortium, the Northeast Global Education Center at Salem State provides services to the northeast region of the Commonwealth.

Professional development programs, institutes, workshops, and seminar and lecture series

The Northeast Global Education Center offers a variety of programs that grant professional development points to Massachusetts educators. Workshops, lecture series, seminars, and institutes are posted in the consortium newsletter and on the center's web pages, as well as through a membership mailing list.

Educators interested in being included on the mailing list for these events should contact the center's administrative assistant, Mary Jane Anderson.

Newsletter and Web Page

For information on regional communities, center events and issues concerning global education.

Consultation to school-based programs

The Northeast Global Education Center is one of six resource centers of the Massachusetts Geographic Alliance. As an outreach program of the National Geographic Society, the center supports and infuses geographic education in the school curriculum from preK through grade 12.

NGEC Spring 2014 Events

Annual Teaching in a Changing World Series and Celebrations

This annual Northeast Global Education Center series promotes teaching world citizenship. The series’ events celebrate America’s 1964 Civil Rights Act, the acclaimed Responsive Classroom program for teaching world citizenship skills, and a new international publication on world class education initiatives. 

Norman Rockwell: Celebrating the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s 50th Anniversary
Thomas Daly of the Norman Rockwell Museum gives an illustrated lecture of Rockwell’s work that chronicled America’s human rights movements leading up to and beyond the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This school based event celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Presenter: Thomas Daly, Education Curator Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA.
Place: Saltonstall School Auditorium, Grades 7/8
Date and Time: Monday, March 3, 2014, at 12:10 pm

The Responsive Classroom: A Successful Model for Teaching Life Skills in a Global Age
This interactive workshop celebrates successful strategies in demonstrations of ways to teach peaceful conflict resolutions in caring classrooms that foster global citizenship.  Educators and community members are welcome.

Presenter:  Linda Connell, NGEC Global Educator of the Year
Place:  Horace Mann Laboratory School, Room 312
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 4:30 pm

Presenter: Linda Connell, NGEC Global Educator of the Year
Place: Horace Mann Laboratory School, Room 312
Date and Time: Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 4:30 pm

World Class Education Initiatives for a Global Age: A Celebration of International Practices
Join Salem State University faculty in the book launch of World Class Initiatives and Practices in Early Education: Moving Forward in a Global Age. This 2014 Springer Publication celebrates quality education for children worldwide. Audience participation is invited to the panel discussion of programs practiced in China, England, Wales, Chile, France, Italy, Iceland, Finland and the United States as exemplars of community partnership outreach, advocacy, and international curriculum development. Educators and community members are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Panel Presenters: Louise Swiniarski, Editor and Contributing Author; Michelle Pierce, Cleti Cervoni, Mary-Lou Breitborde, Contributing Authors
Place: Martin Luther King Room, Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 3:30 pm

Building a Global Bookshelf

The Northeast Global Education Center’s Building a Global Shelf Project endorses the United Nations Literacy for All campaign by presenting international children's books that promote cultural sensitivity and appreciation of the world’s literature to elementary school children. For the 2015 Northeast Global Education Center’s Series, an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator combines talents with Salem State faculty to develop global literacy in local schools. Funded by the Massachusetts Global Education Consortium at Framingham State.

My Two Blankets: An Immigration Story Told by Australian Author and Illustrator, Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood
Presenter: Dr. Louise Swiniarski, Professor Emerita, School of Education
Place: Horace Mann Laboratory School, Room 312
Date and Time: February 27, 2015 at 8:30am

Grey Friar's Bobby: Scotland's Classic Tale of Loyalty
Presenter: Dr. Richard T. Anderson, Professor Emeritus, Geography Department
Place: Horace Mann Laboratory School, Room 312
Date and Time: March 13, 2015 at 8:30 am

What's Inside? Fascinating Structures around the World
Presenter: Giles Laroche, Author and Illustrator
Place: Saltonstall School, Auditorium, Grades Three and Four
Date and Time: April 17, 2015 at 9:00am


Dr. Louise B. Swiniarski, Co-Director of the Northeast Global Education Center   978.542.6534