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The Global T Program helps high school teachers build their student’s global competence through a module that integrates into any curriculum, and a 3-hour micro-internship to build students’ awareness of global trade careers and educational opportunities.

T-Shirt that Travels the World ™ Module

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

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Integrate the module into any high school curriculum.
California high school teachers:

  • California high school teachers earn a stipend for implementation and receive no-cost training, 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
  • California high school career counselors receive no-cost training and resources to assist students with exploration of careers in Global trade and Logistics

About the Module

The T-Shirt module traces the life of a cotton t-shirt through the global economy in five lessons
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Lesson 1 - All Kinds of Cotton: The T-Shirt Starts in Texas

Lesson 1 - All Kinds of Cotton: The T-Shirt Starts in Texas

Students consider their own clothing (a T-shirt) and view it through new eyes. How did it get to their closet? Lesson 1 begins with the history of cotton and slavery and extends to modern GMO seed technology. Students watch a video about how the cotton for their t-shirts is grown and picked. They explore both sides of the debate on the value of organic cotton and explore a Patagonia case study. This lesson includes video, discussion, group activities, and a case study of Patagonia cotton production

Lesson 2 - Outsourcing Production: The T-Shirt Goes to China

Lesson 2 - Outsourcing Production: The T-Shirt Goes to China

Students consider manufacturing and labor practices in other countries compared to the U.S. and learn the challenges of conducting business internationally. Students gain an understanding of fair trade regulations and safe work environments. This lesson includes internet research and creation of proposals for presentation to the class. Students work in groups.

Lesson 3 - Importation: The T-Shirt is Back in the United States

Lesson 3 - Importation: The T-Shirt is Back in the United States

The t-shirt's next stop is back in the United States as an imported good in our local stores. This lesson addresses the logistics of how the t-shirt arrives back to our shores and then discusses what would happen if the t-shirt never left the United States to be made. Students study duty rates, import/export logistics, and costs. This lesson includes a case study, video, and group activities.

Lesson 4 - Exportation: The T-Shirt Goes to Tanzania

Lesson 4 - Exportation: The T-Shirt Goes to Tanzania

The t-shirt ends up for sale in Africa as a clothing item discarded by Americans, but coveted by Africans. Or the t-shirts might be recycled as raw material for throw rugs, furniture padding, car upholstery padding, and rags for manufacturing plants, among other things. This lesson wraps up the entire t-shirt journey with a debate.

Lesson 5 - Global Trade Stories: Snapshot of a Career in Global Trade

Lesson 5 - Global Trade Stories: Snapshot of a Career in Global Trade

Students explore a case study about the life and career of a California global trade entrepreneur. Students also create their own global trade story about careers and educational pathways in global trade through a creative writing activity, called Flash Fiction. Final takeaway points from the T-shirt module are discussed to reinforce learning and gain closure.

Global T Immersion™ Micro-Internship Program

The Global T Immersion  micro-internship is the perfect compliment to the T-Shirt that Travels the World module, providing T-Shirt module teachers and students a hands-on experience in the global trade and logistics industry in just 3-hours.

Hour One

Tour an international business engaged in global trade & logistics in your region with a host from the business

Hour Two

The business host shares a real-life global trade business challenge that the business has encountered. With direction and guidance of teachers, students engage in a team problem-solving activity to devise a solution

Hour Three

The business host listens to the students’ solutions and shares the actual solution to the problem, and also discusses career pathways in global trade and logistics within their company.

For more information about the Global T Program,
Contact Julie Samson, Director, SBCC Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Global Trade Deputy Sector Navigator, South Central Coast
Email: jasamson@sbcc.edu
Phone: 805.965.0581 Ext. 3643