Welcome to the informational page on the Arctic PIRE Group’s upcoming educational outreach campaign entitled #60Above60.  Our project, funded by National Science Foundation Arctic Program for International Research and Education (PIRE), is excited to partner with the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), School of Media and Public Affairs’ Planet Forward project, and local DC area schools to launch a multimedia pilot championed by the hashtag #60above60. The hashtag refers to 60-second videos produced by students the DC metropolitan area and Arctic urban communities in order to share urban life perspectives above and below the 60 degree parallel.

The goal of the Arctic PIRE project’s K-12 education and outreach component is to enhance global and comparative perspectives about urban life and sustainability across different contexts. A central component of this work is based off of the School of Media and Public Affairs’ Planet Forward’s 60-Second Video Challenge that encourages college students to use their cellphones to make 60-second videos exploring sustainable innovations related to food, water, energy, and climate on their campuses or in their communities.

By adapting this college challenge to Arctic PIRE’s goals of cross-cultural exchange and building opportunities for deeper global learning in schools, #60above60 videos will serve the purpose of advancing experiential, problem-based global learning for K-12 students and teachers. Moreover, #60above60 will directly connect youth across the 60 degree parallel, enhancing global awareness and active citizenship among youth in DC and Arctic communities. In the U.S., the #60above60 pilot will intersect with existing school subjects and themes, grounded in Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, to enhance cross-site and cross-national reflections on the social, historical, political, cultural, and environmental factors that shape urban sustainability in cities around the world.


The Arctic PIRE will launch a pilot of the #60above60 with a group of educators from the U.S. (Washington, DC, Alaska), Norway, Canada, Finland, and Russia. It involves the following steps:

  1. Planet Forward partners will develop materials, including an educational infographic, example videos, and a video production toolkit.
  2. Using these materials, GSEHD partners will identify and connect educators in DC, Alaska, Finland, Norway, Canada, and Russia via Wiki Spaces.
  3. Co-host Twitter Discussion with Asia Society on “Teaching the Arctic” and promoting our pilot
  4. In spring 2017, teachers will pilot #60above60 in their respective classrooms, using the curriculum framework developed by GSEHD which requires pre and post activities and sharing student selfies.  We provide additional information on the pilot in our curriculum framework, FAQ page, and classroom timeline.
  5. Collect student exit tickets and teacher pre and post surveys

The Arctic PIRE project team is enthusiastic about this idea and its potential for meaningful communication and perspective building among political, social, historical, environmental, and cultural urban sustainability/adaptability themes. We welcome creative input and look forward to working with educators, global education leaders, and interested partners to develop a feasible and sustainable multimedia campaign.

For more information please contact our Graduate Research Assistants:

  • Sarah Jennings – sarahjennings@gwu.edu


Curriculum Framework