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  • 1.     How  well  is  your  school/district  already  doing  with  these  things?    Vision,  Mission  and  Culture   What  aspects  of  your  current  school/district  vision  and   culture  support  college  readiness  and  global  competence?  Academics   Does  your  school/district  have  a  strong  academic  record   (achievement  on  state  assessments,  retention  rate,   graduation  rate,  college-­‐bound  rate,  etc)?     In  what  areas  could  you  improve?  Globally  focused  curriculum   Is  curriculum  articulated  in  all  subject  areas/grade  levels?     In  what  ways  are  globally  significant  issues  and  topics   infused  into  the  current  curriculum?  Project  and  Inquiry-­‐based  learning   In  what  ways  have  project  and  performance-­‐based   assessment  opportunities  utilized  in  the  school?     What  training  and  on-­‐going  support  is  available  to   teachers  who  employ  this  approach?  World  language   What  languages  are  currently  offered?   To  what  extent  are  world  languages  a  priority  in  the   school  or  woven  into  other  curriculums/courses?  Out  of  school  learning  opportunities/elective   What  types  of  out-­‐of-­‐school  learning  opportunities  are   afforded  to  students  (before  or  after  school)?     To  what  extent  are  those  experiences  aligned  with  in-­‐ school  learning?    For  course  credit?     What  types  of  electives  are  offered  to  students?  AP/College  Credit  Opportunities   What  types  of  Advanced  Placement  or  College  credit   opportunities  are  available  to  students?     Do  all  students  have  equal  access  and  opportunity?  Multiple  Forms  of  Assessment/   Does  the  school/district  utilize  a  variety  of  assessments  to  Capstone  Project   gauge  the  growth  and  success  of  students?  (Formative,   summative,  benchmark,  local  and  state  assessments)       Is  there  a  final  capstone  project  or  portfolio  assessment   that  all  students  complete  to  graduate?  Engaging  instructional  strategies   To  what  extent  do  teacher  differentiate  instruction  and   engage  active  student  learning?     What  does  that  look  like  in  your  school?  Multi-­‐tiered  interventions   What  types  of  interventions  are  available  to  students   before  they  fail?       What  mechanisms  are  in  place  to  support  students  that   struggle  (academically,  socially  and  emotionally)?  Use  of  technology  and  new  media   How  accessible  is  technology  to  students  on  a  daily  basis?     Is  technology  integrated  into  the  curriculum  in  a   meaningful  way?   Is  technology  utilized  to  make  connections  &  collaborate   with  teachers  and  students  from  around  the  world?  
  • 2.    Service  Learning   Do  students  have  multiple  opportunities  to  engage  in   service  learning  in  their  local  community?  Internships   Do  students  have  an  opportunity  to  apply  skills  and   knowledge  to  real  world  situations  and  problems  by   completing  an  internship  in  their  local  community?  Diverse  faculty  and  staff   Is  the  faculty  and  staff  that  constitute  your  staff  made  up   of  diverse  (ethnic,  racial,  experiential)  individuals?       What  efforts  are  made  to  ensure  that  diversity  is  present?  Professional  learning  for  adults   In  what  ways  are  the  adults  in  the  organization  engaged   in  professional  learning?       What  indicates  that  professional  learning  is  an  important   component  of  continued  growth  and  success  as  an   organization?   How  is  time  provided  to  allow  for  professional  learning?   Do  you  utilize  norms  and  protocols  to  guide  your  work   together?  Family  and  student  involvement     In  what  ways  are  families  and  students  given  a  voice  in   their  school?       To  what  extent  are  they  involved  or  considered  in  the   decision  making  process?  Use  of  data  to  inform  instruction   How  is  data  used  to  make  decisions  (about…curriculum,   instruction,  budgeting,  staffing,  programs,  etc)  in  the   organization?       What  formal  process  or  structures  are  in  place  to   facilitate  the  use  of  this  data?  Travel  opportunities  (students  and  staff)   To  what  extent  are  students  or  staff  traveling   domestically  or  internationally?       What  structures  or  practices  either  assist  or  hinder  this   practice?  Partnerships  (local)   What  are  some  of  the  key  local  partnerships  the   school/district  has  forged  with  business,  community   organizations,  etc?       How  have  these  relationships  been  formed  and   maintained?       What  additional  partnerships  could  be  beneficial?  Partnerships  (national/international)   What  are  some  of  the  key  national/international   partnerships  the  school/district  has  forged  with  business,   community  organizations,  etc?       How  have  these  relationships  been  formed  and   maintained?       What  additional  partnerships  could  be  beneficial?       © Asia Society. All rights reserved. Limited reproduction permission and use is granted to ISSN Schools www.asiasociety.org/education  

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