Global T Program Offers High School Teachers Interactive Lesson Plan on International Trade and Logistics

The T-Shirt that Travels the World™ module is a fun and interactive Global Trade & Logistics module for high school curriculum

High school teachers looking to get an early jump on fall lesson planning may want to consider integrating a global component into their existing curriculum.

The Global T Program helps high school teachers build their students’ global competence through a module that integrates into any curriculum, and a three-hour micro-internship to build students’ awareness of global trade careers and educational opportunities. Since the program’s inception in 2014, over 112 teachers and 4,981 students in the region have participated.

The T-Shirt that Travels the WorldTM module traces the life of a t-shirt through the global economy in five one-hour lessons, designed to be taught over one week, that include videos, discussion, group activities, case studies, research, presentations, and debates. Students explore the t-shirt’s journey from the cotton fields of Texas, to a production facility in China, and back to the clothing stores of the US. Once discarded by Americans, the shirt then ends up as recycled textiles in Africa.

High schools with four or more teachers who implement the T-Shirt Module in a given semester are eligible to join their students in a three-hour Global T ImmersionTM micro-internship at a local international business, which provides a real-world hands-on experience in global trade career opportunities. Students are presented with an actual global trade problem that the business has encountered, work together to devise a solution, and then learn how the business went about solving the issue.

“Both teachers and students have thoroughly enjoyed this interactive module on global trade since we introduced it locally in 2014,” said Scheinfeld Center Executive Director Julie Samson. “The combination of classroom activities and the hands-on learning from the micro-internship has really sparked students’ interest in global trade. This is a rapidly-growing industry and there are more and more career opportunities available that require a strong understanding of international trade. This program can help students prepare to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Dual enrollment and Career Technical Education (CTE) high school teachers are encouraged to apply, and teachers earn a $1,000 stipend. A no-cost one-hour online training is provided, and teachers also receive a teacher’s manual, multimedia resources, and a copy of Pietra Rivoli’s book, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, on which the module is based.

The Global T Program is offered to school districts throughout San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties, as well as school districts in Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita in northern Los Angeles County, through a partnership with the South Central Coast Center for International Trade Development, hosted by SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

High school teachers: Enroll now to participate in the Global T Program during the Fall 2018 semester by emailing the Global T Program outreach and training coordinator, Megan Cullen, at, who can guide you through the enrollment process and provide additional details.

About the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The SBCC Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a hub for entrepreneurial development within the South Central Coast community and is a resource for model programs for other California community college districts. The Scheinfeld Center, part of the Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship at SBCC, trains global entrepreneurs using a comprehensive approach to academics, hands-on experience, and support. Participants can build their business in the classroom and shore up gaps in their entrepreneurial skill set through the Scheinfeld Center’s distinctive combination of coursework, business plan and pitch competitions, industry internships, no-cost business consulting, mentoring, networking, and post-start-up support through the Small Business Development Center. To learn more, visit or call 805.965.0581 ext. 3643.

About Santa Barbara City College

Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves approximately 15,000 students each semester who enroll in courses for transfer preparation, career education, and foundational skills. SBCC was the 2013-2015 national co-winner of the prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good jobs after college.

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