In addition to the definition, global education is the act of infusing our curriculum with current events, culturally relevant texts, connections to real world challenges, global issues, and multicultural awareness
jharkhand, India After school these students are right on the family tomato field
It’s about understanding the world through disciplinary and interdisciplinary study by these four competencies.
The approach to understanding the world through disciplinary and interdisciplinary study. Start where it’s easiest to understand the process.
Global competencies overlap with the 21st century learning skills you may be familiar with.
If you are unfamiliar, here are the 21st century skills every student needs to succeed in a world that’s changing and developing as rapidly as ours.
In order to help students understand the challenges and changes they are going to face, it’s our job to prepare global citizens who’ll be working more closely across geographic boarders, and with people who have different backgrounds, beliefs and experiences. Diversity and global citizenship are our common future.
Notes on Why do we care about Int. focus?
Global Topics are not slowing down…Water management, population, poverty, deforestation, refugee crisis, language issues, the loss of jobs to A.I. machines, agriculture carrying capacity, carbon emissions and access to technology.
For Example: Most sacred place in Hinduism, and extremely polluted. This river is the main water source for a large majority of India, but it is extremely polluted.
Empathy – Understanding someone’s struggle, Interdisciplinary – Comparing standards across subjects for collaborative projects, Studying abroad – 97% of study abroad students found employment within 12 months compared to 49% graduating students in the same period, Participate in society – Helping students understand the power they have to impact their world, Fluency in another language – Americans speak more languages than ever in history and must have the capacity to understand and interact with the world, Technology – The tool that can be used to connect and achieve these techniques.
Assets in place from the global education checklist by Fred Czarra. Students are ready!
Understanding how you may influence students outlook, attitude and classroom practice. Knowing and Integrating global dimensions within your discipline. Engage students in learning about the world and exploring their place in it, using real-life global examples, material and resources when considering human issues. Valuing input from culturally and linguistically diverse learners, families, guest speakers and colleagues…model cultural sensitivity. Creating environments and model social responsibility that encourage positive cross cultural interactions.
If you are currently thinking
Pathways to global competence: Hold globally focused movie nights / book clubs, Create an international photo gallery
The U.S. Department of Education has developed two strategic goals strengthening U.S. education and advancing our nation’s international priorities.
Global Education Presentation
“If you talk to a man in a language
he understands, that goes to his
head. If you talk to him in his own
language, that goes
to his heart.”
Ithaca High School
Ithaca city school district
Engage, Educate and Empower
• What is Global Education?
• Global Competencies
• Benefits/Impact of Global Education
• Examples of Global Topics/Challenges
• What can we do?
• Online Resources
• Sample Pathways
“Global education must prepare
students to understand perspectives
of other people and cultures across all
grade levels and disciplines so as to
be able to solve common problems
and develop better working
The Global Education Advisory Council
from “Global Education: What Does It Look Like in Schools?” (2011)
Global education is
more than learning
about other cultures
or respecting diversity.
Globally Competent Students
Investigate their world
Asia Society, Educating for Global Competence
Exemplifies what skills
and knowledge sets our
students should have
The 21st Century Skills
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
What type of citizen do
we want to prepare for
the 21st century?
“Because of growing ethic, cultural,
racial, language and religious diversity
throughout the world, citizenship
education needs to be changed in
substantial ways to prepare students to
function effectively in the 21st century.”
James A. Banks (School of Education at Johns Hopkins University)
Why an International Focus?
• Economic competiveness and jobs
• Global challenges
• National security and diplomacy
• A diverse U.S. society
• Population issues
• Environmental issues
• Humanitarian events
• Health challenges
• Language issues
• Think globally act locally
Techniques to Empower and
• Interdisciplinary connections
• Studying abroad
• Participation in society
• Fluency in another language
• Technology literacy and skills
• Our school community is ethnically and racially
• Students learn about culture through the study
of a foreign language
• Students have the opportunity for foreign travel
• We accept exchange students from other
What Does Global Competence
Look Like in a Teacher?
• Understanding your cultural identity
• Global dimensions
• Engaging students
• Valuing input
• Creating and modeling
• There are pockets of excellent Global Education
that are producing increased Global
Competencies, but they are scattered and some
may not be intentional.
• How can we identify what we are doing, what we
need to do and how we can implement these
things in an intentional way?
• Can we utilize the instructional and school
climate PLC’s to launch this effort?
It is not about revamping your
entire unit or starting from the
All you need to
do is enhance, add in or innovate
a specific lesson that lends to an
How do I Start?
Enhance your standards by
• Sharing cultural stories
• Learn from students, parents and community
• Plan an outing
• Guest speaker
• International night
• ePal project with another school
• Mystery skype with another school
• Global Education
• Oxfam Education
• Asia Society
• World Savvy
• NEA Foundation
• Primary Source
• Global Nomads Group
• Establishing a “sister school” in another country
• Creating projects that involve students in multiple
• Invite globally-focused speakers and performers
• Participate in globally-focused service projects
• Encourage establishment of globally focused
“We must focus on integrating
international perspectives into our
classroom. It is through education
and exchange that we become
better collaborators, competitors
and compassionate neighbors in
this global society.”
Secretary Arne Duncan, November 14, 2011