About Us

We Believe in the Power of Stories

Welcome to the Global Oneness Project. We believe that stories play a powerful role in education. Founded in 2006 as an initiative of Kalliopeia Foundation, we aim to plant seeds of empathy, resilience, and a sacred relationship to our planet. Using stories as a pedagogical tool for growing minds, we bring the world’s cultures alive in the classroom. Committed to the exploration of cultural, environmental, and social issues, we offer a rich library of multimedia stories comprised of award-winning films, photo essays, and essays. Companion curriculum and discussion guides are also available.

We aim to connect, through stories, the local human experience to global meta-level issues, such as climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, poverty, endangered cultures, migration, and sustainability. Through featuring individuals and communities impacted by these issues, the stories and lessons provide opportunities to examine universal themes which include the following: identity, diversity, hope, resilience, imagination, adversity, empathy, love, and responsibility, and our common humanity. Our lessons facilitate the development of students' critical thinking, inquiry, empathy, and listening skills and contain an interdisciplinary approach to learning. The curriculum resources are available in both English and Spanish and are aligned to National and Common Core Standards.

All of our resources are available for free with no ads or subscriptions.

The Global Oneness Project’s films and lessons have been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, TED Ed, and the Smithsonian, among others. Our educational resources are being used in diverse settings, from public to independent schools, nationally and globally.

We are located on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Miwok people of present-day Marin County. 

Our Team

Cleary Vaughan-Lee
Executive Director
Cleary is the executive director of the Global Oneness Project. She is particularly interested in integrating a humanistic lens with universal values into educational content, asking local to global questions about culture and the living world. Cleary documents ways digital storytelling can be used in the classroom, highlighting teacher and student voices for publications. She conducts teacher and student workshops across the country and presents at regional, national, and international conferences. Email Cleary or find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Director of Film Production
Emmanuel is an award-winning filmmaker. His work has been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside Magazine, exhibited at The Smithsonian and screened at festivals and theaters worldwide. He has directed numerous acclaimed films including Sanctuaries of Silence, Soleá, Marie’s Dictionary, Isle de Jean Charles, Yukon Kings, Elemental, Barrio de Paz, What Would It Look Like, and Earthrise. Email Emmanuel or find him on twitter and emmanuelvaughanlee.com.

Shawn Collins
Creative Director
Shawn (he/him) is the Creative Director for the Global Oneness Project. Previously, Shawn was the lead designer at about.me where he was responsible for product strategy, prototyping, executing design, and gathering feedback from customers. Earlier on, Shawn spent over a decade working with innovative design agencies on a wide variety of client projects from early stage startups to well established international brands. Find Shawn on Twitter and scollins.me.

Sara Dorman
Educational Program Coordinator
Sara is the Educational Program Coordinator for the Project. She earned a degree in Gender Studies at UC Berkeley. She has worked as a freelance photographer for the past several years and believes in the power of visual storytelling to challenge perspective, especially around the issues of women's rights, social justice, and humanity's relationship to the Earth. Her other passions include feminist science fiction and playing dragons with her eight-year-old daughter. Email Sara or find her on Twitter.

Devin Tellatin
Producer
Devin is a producer for the Global Oneness Project. Her background is geared towards the global level, striving to leverage non-Western perspectives on social and ecological challenges into mainstream spaces. Devin holds a bachelors degree in Global Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South, and a masters degree in International Affairs from the New School in New York City.

Educator Advisory Committee

Tiffanee Brown
Tiffanee is an experienced educator with a passion for designing high-quality curricular resources that are worthy of our students’ time and attention. She facilitates professional learning, collaborates with districts regionally and internationally, and serves as a thought-partner for teachers around the world. Holding a National Board Certification in English language arts and an MS in Special Education, Tiffanee is an endorsed literacy, social studies, and special education teacher with a deep understanding of what it takes to design meaningful, relevant, and accessible learning engagements. She believes that the investigation of conceptual ideas and universal human experiences can serve as the catalyst to developing the knowledge and skills necessary for students to pursue their own dreams and to become a transforming influence in our world. Tiffanee is the coauthor of Concept-Based Literacy Lessons: Designing Learning To Ignite Understanding and Transfer (Corwin Press, 2019). She has also published numerous classroom examples, resources, and articles related to Concept-Based learning.

Elizabeth O. Crawford, Ph.D.
Elizabeth is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she specializes in instructional design and global social studies education. She was a 2017-2018 Global Teacher Education Fellow and currently serves as a HundrED Ambassador, a Helsinki-based non-profit that identifies and helps spread scalable K12 education innovations around the world, including the Global Oneness Project. Elizabeth also serves as Vice President of the United Nations Association of the United States Coastal Carolina Chapter. She collaborates with schools and organizations on shared efforts to create a better world for all through the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mike Dunn
Mike is the Director of College Counseling at AIM Academy, a grades 1-12 independent school located in Conshohocken, PA for students with language-based learning differences. He oversees a bustling department of college admissions professionals as they help students with all aspects of the college process. He also teaches high school History courses and guest lectures as an historian in AIM's broader history department. A proud Public Allies alum, service work is at the heart of Mike's life mission. He serves as a HundrED Ambassador, on the board of the Children’s Community School of West Philadelphia, and on the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling’s Inclusion, Access, and Success committee, providing counseling expertise for underserved student populations from around the commonwealth. His life's work centers on promoting broad school change in the K12 sector and the further inclusion of global social responsibility in K12 curricula. Mike studied history at Michigan State University, teaching at Wayne State University, and is plodding away at a Doctorate from Northeastern University. He lives with his partner Caitlin and their dog Kelly on the Rushton Woods Preserve in PA. Connect with Mike on Twitter and LinkedIn, and listen to his podcast RethinkingEDU.

Sophia Giegerich
Sophia is a philosophy major at Whitman College, interested in the intersection of education, morality, and emotions. She taught a summer course on moral emotions and is currently creating a program to bring moral education into high schools. In her free time, Sophia loves to write, make music, and create art.

Shelly Grandell
Shelly is a lifelong learner and seeks out opportunities to gain new knowledge and experiences for herself as well as for her students. Explore the world outside of the classroom! She was born in Alaska and raised in the beautiful San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado, where her family has lived for generations. There, in her hometown of Alamosa, Colorado, she received her BS in geology and MA in secondary science education as well as certificates in STEM for English Language Learners and Gifted and Talented Education, all from Adams State University. GO GRIZZLIES! For the past 11 years, she has taught middle school science in the Denver area and continues to advocate for and facilitate K-12 and public science outreach throughout Colorado. Being a Space Foundation teacher liaison since 2008, she has had so many opportunities to collaborate with students and teachers from around the world! As global citizens, we share the world’s resources--our experiences, while lived through multiple lenses and perspectives, are still part of the human experience. She lives with her husband of 18 years, Josh, and their daughter, Cadence, in Morrison, Colorado with their small herd of 3 Cane Corsos (they love big dogs!).

Lucy Gray
Lucy is currently the Director of Educational Technology at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois. Her career began in the Chicago Public School system where she taught primary grades and went on to serve in various capacities related to educational technology at the University of Chicago's Laboratory Schools, Urban Education Institute, and Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. Lucy also has worked as an innovation consultant over the years and is the co-founder of the online Global Education Conference. Lucy holds a B.A from Beloit College in Art History and Elementary Education and an M.Ed from National Louis University in Technology in Education. She has received the distinctions of Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Innovator.

Matt Hamilton
Matt (he/him) is a learner, educator, facilitator, and organizer in Ypsilanti, MI. He is a certified English and History teacher and holds a MA in Social Foundations of Education. He currently teaches in the Individuals and Societies, and Literature departments at Washtenaw International High School and Middle Academy, and advises the Diversity Alliance and Hispanic/Latinx Student Alliance. He also teaches an ELA methods course in the English Education department at Eastern Michigan University. He has experience facilitating learning and visioning around diversity, equity, and justice for community members of all ages and organizing with young people for community building, advocacy, and liberation. Matt's passion for youth-driven and project-based learning, multimedia and 21st-century literacies, and intersectional, decolonizing social justice and EcoJustice pedagogies brought him to the Global Oneness Project where he finds meaningful texts and lessons to share with his students and colleagues. Outside of the classroom, Matt enjoys cooking ancestral Latin American foods, baking sourdough breads, and spending time with his partner and three kids having Top 40 dance parties or watching Disney movies that showcase the power of youthfulness, rebellion, and imagination. Find Matt on Twitter and Instagram.

Amy Harpe
Amy is a School Library Media Specialist with National Board Certification. She has been an educator for 25 years and has enjoyed teaching students from PreK through 12th grade. She began her career as a high school English teacher and has spent the past 19 years as a librarian and digital learning leader.  In 2017, she won the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming for her work with local history and cultural preservation. She believes that it is through story that we create empathy and connections locally and globally. She strives to bring the world to students in her rural community and spark their curiosity and sense of wonder in each lesson. She holds a Master’s of Library and Information Studies from UNC Greensboro and thinks being a librarian is the best job in the world. She lives with her husband, Jason and her sons, Gabriel and Aidan in Pilot Mountain, NC. When she is not teaching, writing or researching, she can be found in the stands cheering on her boys.

Kelly Leon
Kelly has taught for sixteen years in a large secondary school district in southern California. She started as a bilingual history/geography educator and AVID teacher/coordinator at a school on the California/México border. Subsequently, she worked as a curriculum and professional development specialist for the school district’s central office where one of her tasks was to help redesign a ninth-grade geography course. Becoming highly vested in that work, she decided to return to a school site to teach the course she helped design and co-lead an interdisciplinary cohort of ninth graders called the "Global Scholars." Additionally, Kelly co-leads the Generation Global single-subject credential cohort in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University, where she also often teaches courses. Kelly is a teacher leader for the California Geographic Alliance and an advisory board member and teacher leader for the California Global Education Project at the University of San Diego. She completed her undergraduate degree, bilingual teaching credential, and M.E.d in Policy Studies in Language & Cross-Cultural Education at San Diego State University and is currently a second year doctoral student at the University of San Diego in the Education for Social Justice PhD program.

Christine Luckasavitch
Christine Luckasavitch is an Omàmìwininì Madaoueskarini Anishinaabekwe (a woman of the Madawaska River Algonquin people) and belongs to the Crane Clan. She is a graduate of Acadia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History and is currently studying for her Masters of Arts in Indigenous Studies at Trent University. Christine is the Owner/Executive Consultant of Waaseyaa Consulting, an Indigenous culture and heritage consulting company dedicated to reviving and celebrating Indigenous traditional knowledge and culture-based practices through educational opportunities. She is also the Owner/Operator of Waaseyaa Cultural Tours, an Indigenous tourism company operating in the Algonquin Park region. In addition to her own companies, Christine is the Executive Director of Native Land Digital, an Indigenous-led not-for-profit dedicated to providing education about Indigenous peoples, territories, and knowledge systems across the world. Christine has worked as an archaeologist, educator, and in the realm of Indigenous politics. Christine is an avid explorer of both the Algonquin landscape and Algonquin history. She is writing her first book, currently titled Ondjitigweyaa Madaoueskarini Omàmìwininì (Algonquin People of the Madawaska River Headwaters), a true and concise history of the Algonquin people written from an Algonquin Anishinaabekwe perspective, to be published in 2022.

Clare McGowan
Clare McGowan’s greatest contributions to education are her passion, innovation, and progressivism. She commits herself wholeheartedly to the school community and is not afraid to take risks in the classroom to make a lesson come alive and become relevant to her students. She holds a Masters' Degree in Education and Reading Endorsement from Dominican University (2007), Special Education Certification from the University of Maryland (1984), and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Mercyhurst University (1982). Currently the Intermediate School Distance Learning Cohort Dean at Old Trail School, she is an experienced elementary school teacher with particular expertise in grades 3-5. She has served as the Instructional Leader for the Social Studies department where she has worked to develop interdisciplinary and immersive curricula with a focus on place based learning and inquiry. She has also worked in educational publishing as an educational consultant. Clare lives in Brecksville, Ohio with her husband, Christopher.

Mary Ellen Newport
Mary Ellen is the director of the R.B. Annis Department of Math & Science and instructor of ecology at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. She has taught science at the high school and collegiate level for fifteen years and has ten years of collegiate and independent school administrative experience. She is an evolutionary biologist with an interest in conservation biology. Mary Ellen has done doctoral and postdoctoral work in the areas of population and quantitative genetics. Her doctoral work showed that genetic variability for remating speed is greater in females than males of Drosophila melanogaster, and that some manifestations of 'sperm competition' in that species is an artifact of experimental design. In her postdoctoral work, Mary Ellen demonstrated that pollinators are an agent of natural selection on flower size in the alpine skypilot. A long-time meditator, she is curious about the effects of meditation on learning and the brain. Mary Ellen weaves math, science, art and technology into an inviting sphere for students to experience success and joy in the sciences. She tries sometimes in vain to keep her passion for birdwatching from becoming an obsession.

Paula Ospina
Paula is a kindergarten teacher at College View Elementary in Denver, Colorado. She teaches mostly in Spanish and serves the school’s Latino community from the school. Paula graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Modern Languages and an emphasis in English, French, and Spanish. She also earned a certificate in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. Paula has participated in Curriculum Design and Materials Design, including illustrating and recording materials for young learners. She has trained teachers to become better educators in different schools, and has translated educational materials for five years. Currently, she is the Biliteracy Content Lead at her school, and is learning how to be a Senior Team Lead of Color Cohort. She came to the United States in 2011 and has lived in Colorado for four years. She is inspired everyday by her three children, Santiago (24), Alejandro (8) and Emilia (7), and loves to spend time with them. She misses her country Colombia and wishes she could go back one day.

Emily M. Schell, Ed.D
Emily is Executive Director of the California Global Education Project (CGEP) at the University of San Diego. CGEP is one of nine discipline-based professional learning networks that comprise the California Subject Matter Project in support of K-12 teachers in California. CGEP collaborates with university faculty, community partners, and educators to develop the knowledge, skills, resources, and leadership needed to foster global competence in all students. Emily is a former teacher, principal, and district Social Studies Resource Teacher at San Diego Unified, K-12 History-Social Science Coordinator at San Diego County Office of Education, liaison at National Geographic Education Foundation, and preservice instructor at San Diego State University’s School of Teacher Education. She is co-chair of the California Environmental Literacy Initiative and serves on the leadership council. She is an author for McGraw Hill Social Studies and contributes to professional journals, blogs, curriculum, and conferences. Emily is a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow and was recently named a HundrED Ambassador. She is passionate about global education that promotes compassionate living, peace-making, social justice, and respect for nature and all living beings.

Cheryl Wright, Ph.D.
Cheryl is a veteran educator with over 45 years of experience in the field. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology from Ball State University, a masters’ degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of Kansas. Her passions lie in multicultural education and student-centered pedagogy. She has worked extensively in the area of instructional coaching and initiatives that celebrate the dignity and cognitive accomplishments of diverse learners. Cheryl is a Lecturer in the Curriculum and Teaching Department at the University of Kansas and she serves as a state scorer in the evaluation of professional education standards for new teacher candidates. As well, Cheryl is an avid advocate for equity and has been featured on the Leading Equity Center. She has written articles for ASCD and is a wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoys quality time with her family.

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