Why Selinsgrove Should Engage with the World
WHY GLOBAL COMPETENCY?
• ¾ of the world’s purchasing power exists outside the U.S.
• Job growth in international trade exceeds 100% on a 20-year
• One in five jobs is linked to international trade.
• 40 million people in the U.S. are foreign-born
WHY INCREASING GLOBAL COMPETENCY
IS IMPORTANT TO OUR STUDENTS
“All major hiring companies need global citizens. Global
sensitivities, global perspective, global insight, along with
maturity and a capacity for risk-taking, are exactly the skills
every major organization is looking for – in every
Kevin Gill, Global Director of Staffing for Honeywell
BUT IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT A JOB
It’s about citizenship.
It’s about problem-solving in the 21st
It’s about empathy and understanding.
WHAT IS GLOBAL COMPETENCY?
• Investigate the world
• Recognize perspectives, others’ and their own
• Communicate ideas effectively with diverse
• Take action to improve conditions
• Asia Society, Educating for Global Competence
HOW GLOBAL COMPETENCY
FITS WITH PA CORE
• Greater rigor
• Critical thinking skills
• Increase in nonfiction reading
• Less focus on teacher talk and more actively engaging
• Emphasis on problem-solving and real-world application
GLOBAL COMPETENCY IS HOW THE
CURRICULUM IS TAUGHT
GLOBAL COMPETENCY ALSO INCLUDES
• Technology literacy and skills
• Interdisciplinary connections
• Comfort with ambiguity and change
• Creating and innovating
• Active participation in society
• Understanding of global issues
OUR CURRENT STRENGTHS
• Strong language programs at the high school
• Sister-school relationship with Senshu in Japan
• Popular courses high school social studies dealing with other
• Annual summer trips to different countries
• Addition of global cuisines in FACS courses
• Close proximity to Susquehanna University and Bucknell Bucknell
• Language clubs at the high school
MAKE A PLAN
• We have many strengths, but we don’t have an
intentional global competency plan.
• We need to identify what we are doing at all grade levels,
what we need to do, and create a plan.
SOME CHANGES WE COULD MAKE
We can move incrementally at all the grade levels.
• Choose one unit a year to globalize.
• Find global classroom partners.
• Form a PLC of interested educators.
• Invite speakers from other parts of the world.
• Examine other rural districts who have made the change, for
example Franklin West Supervisory Union in Vermont
• Tap the expertise of SU and Bucknell
• International night
• Participate in academic projects that involve students in multiple
• Expand Senshu ties to lower grades
• Allow students time to explore and communicate with different
• Have globally focused movie nights or book clubs
• Asia Society’s Educating for Global Competency: Preparing Our
Youth to Engage the World (Mansilla and Jackson, 2011)
• Global Education Checklist by Fred Czarra
• Asia Society – www.asiasociety.com
• World Savvy – www.worldsavvy.com
• ePals – www.ePals.com
• IREX – Teachers for a Global Classroom – www.irex.org