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Teacher Designed Modules

Teacher Designed Modules 

Across the network teachers are developing modules that support global competence, including college and career readiness.  Visit the Teacher Designed Module Page to see examples of the type of work engaging students across the network, and to get ideas for your instruction

If you have a module you would like to share with the network please contact Kirk Melkonian or Lisa Tyrrell


Oak Hills students take action on Educational Inequality!

Meghan Sullivan is a French and World History teacher at Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to chairing the World Language Department, she is the International Studies Schools Network
Instructional Teacher Coach. She has openly embraced the pillars of 21 century learning and attempts to share their importance with her students through creative, innovative instruction.  In September the students of Oak Hills participated in a day of investigating and taking action on educational inequality.  Link below contains all the resources from this day of action!

As productive members of our society, how often do we evaluate the process in which our children are being educated? Can they discuss how their learning affects the world around them? Do they know the process to educate themselves on topics that are important to them? Do they know how to take action and make a CHANGE? Read on >

Connected. United. 4 Change

Connected. United. 4 Change (CUFC) is a nonprofit developed by ISSN Students!!!

Their goal is to connect students in different communities through collaborative action. This student network promotes global education, awareness, and leadership both locally and internationally.  Our students are hoping to further improve all facets of sustainability in communities through their efforts. 

It all started when we skyped with Bumpe, Sierra Leone 

The students first project is to improve the sustainability of Bumpe, Sierra Leone, which is their first international partner school. The school in Bumpe had a lot of amenities and was a very integral part of the community until the rebel war (1991-2002) destroyed it. Now the school has a lack of electricity, technology, bathrooms, staff, and general resources. The school’s major concerns are girls not feeling motivated to continue schooling and the lack of sustainable electricity.  Currently the school is running off of a diesel power generator which is very difficult and costly to use. The people of Bumpe have also large problem with early marriage and teen pregnancy and feel that education can help decrease this issue and better the lives of the women and girls in Bumpe. 'Connected. United. 4 Change.' wants to help our partners by raising money to provide solar panels to their school. Read on >

How to Integrate Intercultural Learning Into Your Classroom

From EdWeek Global Learning Blog, By guest blogger Melissa Liles

Tips and resources for getting started with intercultural learning.

First things first: How important is intercultural competence?

Over the past decade, we educators have grappled with defining and assessing the most critical education goals for the 21st century:

  • Science, technology, engineering, math? Check.
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making? Of course.
  • Intercultural awareness, foreign languages, competence in working across borders, and respect for other cultures? Really? Tell me more...

There is broad agreement that the first two sets of goals above will be crucial for the decades ahead. But many still aren't convinced about the importance of intercultural competence for 21st century learnersRead on >

Introducing the Center for Global Education at Asia Society

Building on six decades of groundbreaking work, Asia Society is proud to announce the launch of our Center for Global Education (CGE)! The center will transform education to prepare young people for a global 21st century by bringing together the most influential educators, businesses, and government officials, commissioning research, publishing insights, and partnering with schools and education systems to change policy and practice.

In September the Asia Society hosted a high-level panel discussion focusing on today’s most pressing global education topics. Speakers included UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran, Asia Society Vice President for Education Anthony Jackson, and Felix Ruano, a Harvard Class of 2017 student and Gates Millennium Scholar who is a graduate of Ambassador School of Global Leadership. 


Resource: One Million Data Points Tell a Cautionary Tale

Mapping the Nation is an interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation. This digital tool helps you find the global connections your county and state have to the rest of the world. Think about why these connections matter for business, policy, and education. The data is rich and can be used in many ways. Get started!

Global Issue Overviews and Performance Assessment Shells

Global Issue Overviews frame essential questions and enduring understandings for teachers and students as they strive for global competence. Overviews are curated knowledge about globally significant issues. They connect to the Performance Outcomes across a range of academic disciplines including math, science, history/social science, ELA, and more to demonstrate how competence can be achieved. Available topics include Hunger and Poverty, Education of Women and Girls, and Environment and Sustainability.

Performance Assessment Design Shells present complete examples of performance assessment ideas suitable for elementary, middle school, and secondary students. Each Design Shell contains a range of formative tasks and learning activities as well as the summative performance assessment task. Performance Assessment Design Shells suggest a variety of learner opportunities to succeed at real-world tasks requiring academic rigor, productive habits, and global awareness. Available topics include Business Plan, Digital Project, Engineering, and Infographic.

Looking for ways to connect + collaborate?


Global Competence Tool Kit


ISSN’s Global Competence Performance Outcomes comprise a suite of curriculum design tools that express the teaching and learning targets for globally competent students. The Performance Outcomes are provided in six academic disciplines plus the interdisciplinary Global Leadership, and are available for grades 3, 5, 8, 10, and 12. These tools can be used to design learning units, lesson plans, and performance assessments around globally significant issues, as well as to enable student accountability for learning and to evaluate student work and provide meaningful feedback.


Asia Society's Module Design Process supports teachers in developing high-quality performance tasks addressing the ISSN performance outcomes. Download the following templates to support you as you plan and design instruction: 

Module Interview Protocol

Performance Assessment Storyboard Template

GPS Tuning Protocol

Sample Storyboard - Is Health a Human Right?

GPS Module Overview "One-Pager"

GPS Interview Protocol

Four Domains Diagram


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