The GET Prize for Global Expression and Thought recognizes both students and faculty for their learning and growth in the field of global education. Honorees will be students from member schools who embody the global education concept of “ease with the other” through their travel, classroom study, or other school experiences; Faculty honorees have designed purposeful, exemplary curricula that targets global competencies and facilitates student development as globally minded citizens.

In the 2019-20 School Year, we will be awarding four GET Prizes, each in the amount of $333: two for faculty, and two for students.

At the Primary level, the prize will be given to a teacher for distinguished global curriculum development. At the Middle School and Upper School levels, prizes will be awarded to two individual students for written work that displays their commitment to global citizenship. In addition, this year we are awarding a prize to one teacher, in either the Middle or Upper School, for distinguished global curriculum development.

A panel consisting of members of the GEBG Curriculum Working Group will select GET Prize recipients. Honorable Mentions will also be provided in the form of a certificate. The due date for GET Prize submissions is December 1, 2019. The criteria for the 2019 GET Prize is as follows.


+ Middle School Level (grades 5-8)

+ High School Level (grades 9-12)

Please select one of the following:

  • Global Discovery Entry: i.e. a comparison of cultures (activities, behaviors, attitudes); travel writing; or reflections on a global/local experience
  • Global Thought Piece: i.e. a policy essay; a letter to a local newspaper; a comparative literary essay that reflects on two global works; a piece that documents aspects of a global experience (immigration, climate change, etc…)

Criteria: Involves two or more cultures, languages, families, or national policies. Emphasis should be on cross-cultural perspectives and reflection. Written pieces should not exceed 750 words.


+ Primary Level (grades 1-4)

A global classroom activity: this can be a single lesson, a week-long activity, or a technology initiative–you decide!  

Criteria: For primary schools’ entries, the project should involve the examination of two or more cultures, languages, or families (i.e. two weddings, two meals, two sets of clothing). Please provide a written narrative of the classroom activity, along with optional photos and some examples of student work.

+ Middle and High School Level (grades 5-12)

For Middle- and Upper-School entries, the lesson, assignment, or unit of study should clearly target one or more global competencies, as articulated/defined by the assignment, department, and/or school. Submissions may include an assignment sheet, a lesson plan, and/or a unit design document and should include the following components:

*Identification of the goals/objectives of the lesson/experience, including student outcomes
*Articulation of the lesson/experience itself
*Explanation of the methods of instruction/learning (including any key resources)
*Documentation of evaluated student work—three examples demonstrating the range of the class

GET Prize Criteria and Submission

Middle and Upper School student entries must be independently worked on with minimum guidance from others. Minimal guidance with planning of the project is permissible; however, we kindly ask that the student’s GET Prize entry is entirely their/her/his work. The word limit is a minimum of 500 words, and a maximum of 750 words

The GET Prize submission is essentially written work. Photographs and drawings can be included, but the work will be judged on qualities of thought, evidence, organization, and accuracy of English.

Each school is allowed 2 entries per division.

The judging will be done by a panel of global educators not connected with member schools submitting entries. Final selections will be announced February 1st. School Global Coordinators will receive email notification and should then communicate the information with the student or faculty member.

Educators are welcome to post this flyer. If you have questions, please email

Submitting the GET Prize Entry

Get Prize Entries must be submitted by your school’s Global Coordinator on behalf of the student or educator. The Global Coordinator is expected to review each entry for quality, originality, and connections with global themes. Submissions include an entry form and submission of written work. An electronic notification will be sent to both the Global Coordinator and student or educator once a completed submission is received.

STUDENT Middle Level and High School Levels Entry Form

FACULTY Primary, Middle and High School Levels Entry Form

2018-19 GET Prize Recipients

High School Division
WINNER: “No Service” – Grace Rivers, Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, PA
HONORABLE MENTION: “Marrakech/Marymout Blue” – Gwyneth B., Marymount School, NY

Middle School Division
WINNER: “The Big Decision” – Mateo Acevedo, Turning Point School, CA
HONORABLE MENTION: “The True American Dream” – Lydia Kellicker, The Wellington School, OH

Primary School Division // Curriculum
WINNER: “Global Exploration Through Dramatic Performance” – Mr. Daniel Austin, Drama Educator, Bolles School, FL
HONORABLE MENTION: “Global Art and STEM Project inspired by Mitali Perkins’ book, Rickshaw Girl,” – Ms. Zoe Hedstrom, Art Teacher, Greenwich Academy, CT