WorldStrides Professional Development

Education is at the heart of what we do at WorldStrides and that not only extends to weaving experiential learning into our tours but also providing tools and resources for educators to use in the classroom.

Throughout the year, members of the WorldStrides Curriculum & Academics team run fun, interactive and informative Professional Development webinars for teachers all over the country, covering an array of subject areas. We’re delighted to be able to offer this program at no cost to teachers across Australia and New Zealand. Plus we’ll send you a certificate at the completion of the webinar so you can log the hour of professional learning towards your annual registration.

Hear what teachers have to say about our PD webinars…

“The PD was great. Interesting, detailed and useful. It didn’t lag so I was fully engaged for the whole hour.”
“The session was informative, helpful, and interesting. The chat allowed for the sharing of ideas around the nation, and the zoom was conducted brilliantly.”

Join our next webinar!

Intercultural Thinking:

Tools to help our students survive and
thrive beyond their comfort zones

How can we encourage students to move beyond their comfort zones and meaningfully engage with diversity? How can we transform discomfort into curiosity and become explorers of our world? For this session, we have distilled the most important concepts from the exciting and growing world of intercultural communication just for you.

Join us for honest conversations, stimulating ideas, and engaging activities. You will walk away with strategies that you can use in challenging situations as you travel, teach, and explore, as well as a resource kit to continue your learning.

Webinar details

Date Wednesday 8 May 2024
Time 8pm AEST
Format Live webinar (Zoom)
Cost Free
Applicable for Primary and Secondary teachers
Registrations Complete the form to register by Monday 6 May

Session expectations: Our professional development webinars are most engaging and beneficial when participants drive the conversation! We want to give you a forum to be able to share with each other. This is a live webinar, so be prepared to come off mute, use the chat, participate in polls, and actively contribute with your best ideas and questions.

Meet our presenters

Carrie Weber

Carrie Weber serves as an Associate Director of Curriculum and Academics for WorldStrides. She holds an M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education and a B.S. in Physics. Ms. Weber earned a STEM Leadership certificate through the NASA Endeavor program and has completed coursework on anti-bias education. She taught middle and high school science in the traditional classroom for 14 years, is certified and licensed in several states, and holds multiple College Board AP certifications.


Leigh Bartenstein

Leigh Bartenstein serves as a Curriculum and Academics Specialist for WorldStrides. She holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.A. in English and Studio Art. Her interest in art education led to an internship at an art museum, and facilitation of printmaking demonstrations and workshops. She is passionate about experiential learning that makes space for creativity.

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Watch past webinars

The Annotated Photo Journal

In this webinar, you’ll analyse how using photographs can create a more engaging classroom experience for students, plan ways to incorporate photographs into your curriculum (no matter your content area), and learn and gather best practices from your peers.

Incorporating Pop Culture in the Classroom

Learn ways to bring traditional concepts to life with references your students will be excited about. With the resources and ideas covered in this session, you will be able to incorporate popular culture across your curriculum.

Seeing the World in New Ways (By Using Maps in New Ways)

While maps often can be found in the geography classroom, we will share ways to embed maps across the curriculum, including in your math, science, language, and performing and visual arts classes.