Global Competency

"Learn "with" the world...not just "about" the world."

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District Strategies to Prepare a Globally Competent Generation

How are we preparing our students to meet global challenges?

How do we influence what happens in our schools when global competency is the topic of discussion?

What are the implications for professional development?

Today’s great challenges facing society span all fields—but they share one characteristic: they are global in scope and require a collaborative response from groups or nations. In order to educate the generation of students who will face the challenges of the 21st century, schools need to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to work effectively in our increasingly interdependent world.

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Global Competencies at the top of the list:

  1. ability to communicate effectively across linguistic and cultural boundaries
  2. ability to see and understand the world from a perspective other then one's own
  3. ability to understand and appreciate the diversity of societies and cultures.

Essential dimensions of global competence:
  1. Investigate the World
  2. Recognize Perspectives
  3. Communicate Ideas
  4. Take Action

Sec. Duncan's speech: US Secretary of Education on Global Learning, Languages

Global Competence and its Significance to the American Education System

Global Competence: The Knowledge and Skills Our Students Need

The concept of global competence has emerged as a way of articulating the knowledge and capacities students need in the 21st century.

What are the elements of global competence?

Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Knowledge and Understanding. Learning content matters, here and everywhere else. Global competence requires knowledge and understanding of seminal content and skills within academic disciplines and the capacity to use disciplinary methods of inquiry creatively and productively. They need to learn to think like historians or scientists or artists. How our “Common Core” standards compare to the curriculum in Brazil, China, Russia or Nigeria matters, too. It is with people from places like these that our students will collaborate and compete.
Global competence also requires the ability to understand prevailing world conditions, issues and trends through discipline-based and interdisciplinary learning. A competitive advantage will go to those students in San Francisco or São Paulo who know what’s going on in the world and how the world works, from climate change to migration trends to human rights. Educating students for global competence requires substantive, developmentally appropriate engagement over time with the world’s complexities.
Gaining this knowledge and understanding depends on acquiring and applying four key cognitive capacities – essential dimensions of global competence. Today’s globally competent student are able to:
Investigate the World
Recognize Perspectives
Communicate Ideas
Take Action

International Education Planning Rubric: State Strategies to Prepare Globally Competent Students

Focusing On Leadership, Resources, Preparing and Certifying Globally Expert Teachers and Education Leaders, Professional Development for Globally Expert Teachers and Education Leaders and Curriculum and Instruction for the Global Age, Includes links to state examples. Global.png

A Graduate Profile for the 21st Century

What does secondary education look like when it’s intended to both accelerate learning and prepare students for success in a global era?

What is the world is Matt?

I need my teachers to learn

"I need my teachers to learn" video information
I need my teacher to learn 3.0" is an updated video written and performed by the passionate Kevin Honeycutt. Honeycutt is a former educator and current employee at ESSDACK, an educational service center. He spends much of his time researching ways to help teachers feel more comfortable with the technology that so many of their students are using everyday. He uses his own ideas and experiences to help prepare teachers and students for the future.