World Heritage Tool Kit
The “World Heritage Tool Kit” contains 29 model lesson plans for primary and secondary students focusing on Philadelphia’s history and global heritage in a variety of subjects, including STEM. The Tool Kit is a searchable PDF and also contains a listing of additional resources, including websites, local organizations and museums, and primers on “Starting Global Ed in your School” and “World Heritage Across the Curriculum.” It was created by educators from Philadelphia area schools during the 2015 Summer Institute held at the University of Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia World Heritage Coloring Book
Written and illustrated by Philadelphia teacher and artist Michelle Dowd, The Philadelphia World Heritage Coloring Book follows Caleb and Olivia on their adventures visiting important cultural and historic sites all over Philadelphia. This tool is meant to help children, from age 5 to 11, become familiar with the historical and cultural heritage of Philadelphia, while having fun and being creative. The books have been used in elementary school curricula and field trips, and are available for sponsorship in batches of 250 books and for individual sale.
Philadelphia World Heritage City Film
The Philadelphia World Heritage City film is a 28-minute documentary written and narrated by University of Pennsylvania Professor of History of Art, David B. Brownlee, Ph.D., FSAH, and produced and directed by filmmaker Sam Katz. Created to commemorate the historic designation of Philadelphia as the First World Heritage City in the United States, the film spans centuries and offers an exceptional glimpse into the formation and development of Philadelphia, illustrating the city’s leadership role in the fields of art, transportation, urban planning, medicine, and more. The film is available to stream for free, and subtitled in 13 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Hebrew, French, Vietnamese, Hindi, German, Portuguese, and Italian).
High School Social Studies Lesson Plans
These 40 lesson plans are written for high school social studies curricula in three areas: World History, African American History, and US History. The lesson plans present Philadelphia’s heritage and its rich relationship to the global community, past and present. They were written by 10 Philadelphia area educators with the assistance of two curriculum developers from the School District of Philadelphia during a two week program in 2016 organized by Global Philadelphia, the South Asia and Middle East Centers of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Penn Museum.
Philadelphia Heritage Map
Philadelphia is home to 67 of the country's 2,618 National Historic Landmarks (NHLs), which are important structures, objects, and areas that showcase America's vibrant heritage and represent an outstanding aspect of American history and culture.
Global Philadelphia Association has developed an interactive map to help you learn more about the history and importance of these sites, view current and historical images, and connect with resources to learn how you may be able to explore them in-person.
The National Park Service manages the NHL Program, which was created to preserve and protect our nationally significant cultural resources. Click here for more information about the National Park Service's National Historic Landmark Program.
Philadelphia World Heritage City Seal
The Philadelphia World Heritage City seal was designed by J2 Design Partnership. It has come to represent a city that is using a uniquely distinguished past to propel a dramatically new future.
The seal is open-source and available to download in several colors on the Global Philadelphia website. It can be used on your website, brochures, class materials, etc. The only exception is that use is not authorized in connection with merchandise.
Professional Development Opportunities
The Global Philadelphia Association works with our partners to offer teacher professional development opportunities throughout the year, including workshops, presentations, and travel abroad.
Workshops & Presentations:
Usually free and offering ACT 48 credits. They cover a variety of World Heritage related topics and feature the resources and programs available through Global Philadelphia and our many partner organizations. Past workshops and presentations have focused on lesson plan development, world heritage in arts education, museum object-based learning, heritage storytelling, immigrant student advocacy, and Global Scholar certificate programs.
Teacher Study Abroad:
Global Philadelphia promotes study abroad opportunities for teachers to World Heritage sites and cities. In 2017, a group of 15 Philadelphia teachers traveled to World Heritage sites in India and Nepal as a part of a program organized by the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania and the Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO).