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Pilot New Global STEM Professional Development Modules
For a Chance to Win $100!

The Center for Global Education at Asia Society has partnered with ACTE and Advance CTE to create FREE online professional development modules that support CTE (career and technical education or vocational) teachers with integrating STEM content into their classrooms while teaching global skills via active, project-based learning. These new modules, together with sample curriculum and other tools and resources, are now being piloted, and you are invited to join in and give your feedback!

These 10 new modules, entitled Career Readiness in a Global Economy: STEM and CTE, will help educators understand how to make global connections to local issues; create high-quality global STEM projects; assess global workforce readiness skills; connect with classrooms abroad to complete collaborative projects; and teach students to be project managers so they are more successful in completing their projects.

For each module you give feedback on, you will be entered into a drawing for one of two $100 Amazon gift cards. To pilot these new materials, please visit CTE Learn, create a free log-in, and click on the Career Readiness in a Global Economy: STEM and CTE button to get started! Contact Heather Singmaster with any questions. All surveys must be completed by February 15, 2019, to be entered into the drawing. Register now.

Global Performance Tasks, Collaboration Projects, and High Quality Project-Based Learning

The DC Public Schools Cornerstones Initiative has put together a library of high quality tasks called "Cornerstones." Cornerstone tasks feature high impact instructional strategies including inquiry, project-based learning, and rich academic discussion. Organized by content area, these tasks include several learning experiences with a global focus and many more that could easily be "globalized."

The Teachers’ Guide to Global, Collaborative Teaching and Learning is a user-driven resource for teachers looking for projects and resources to collaborate with other classes around the world.

Out of the Gate features numerous global projects such as Make a Difference, Waiting on the World to Change, and Think Globally, Act Locally. The accompanying project-based teaching strategies are aligned to the Buck Institute's Gold Standard PBL model and to the Deeper Learning Competencies.

The Framework for High Quality Project Based Learning is intended to be a shared, learner-centered vision of HQPBL and to stimulate reflection and conversation about ways that projects can be improved and deepened. It describes six criteria, each of which must be at least minimally present in a project in order for it to be judged “high quality.” Asia Society's Center for Education partnered with many other highly-respected education organizations to contribute to this framework. 

Travel Grants and Other Opportunities for Students and Educators

Selected opportunities with upcoming deadlines are listed below. Additional opportunities are listed here.


The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) provides an opportunity for 12 United States high school students to join Iraqi counterparts in a four-week program aiming to develop leadership and peace-building skills, foster relationships among youth from different backgrounds, and to promote mutual understanding between the people of Iraq and the U.S. This program takes place domestically in the U.S throughout different program locations in Vermont, a host community, and Washington, D.C. IYLEP is a fully funded program, covering travel, lodging, food, and all program activities.

The U.S. students are full participants on the program and have the opportunity to share their own culture with the Iraqi participants while learning more about their counterparts’ cultures and way of life. Through team-building activities, dialogue, skills and theme-based workshops, living in dorms and with host families, and meeting teenagers from all over the U.S. and Iraq, participants will gain skills needed for their future education and professional goals.

To apply, click here. The application is due January 15, 2019

Invent It Challenge

Each year, for the past 7 years, the Invent It Challenge issues a new challenge to young inventors!

This year the asks young inventors to use their creativity to create a new tool or technology to enhance the daily lives and activities of older adults. Both an individual entry and a team entry will be chosen as winners for each age range (5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18).

Participants learn the invention process and leverage their STEM skills in an engaging, practical challenge.

Individual or team submissions are open January 17, 2019 - April 5, 2019. The U.S. winners are brought to Washington D.C. for a 3 day program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Students Rebuild: Ocean Challenge and Live Webcasts

Each year, in partnership with Students RebuildGlobal Nomads Group hosts a series of webcast conversations where youth deepen their engagement with yearly themed challenges. These webcasts are live-streamed and invite classrooms around the world to tune-in and participate.

This year's challenge is addressing the issues facing our ocean and what ocean health means to us. Over the next few months, we will host three webcasts that explore our relationship to the ocean: how youth are taking action, the role of coral reef in our lives, and innovative solutions for critical issues.

Register for live webcasts.

NPR Student Podcast Challenge

The NPR Student Podcast Challenge is a chance for teachers and students in grades 5-12 across the country to turn classrooms into production studios, assignments into scripts, and ideas into sound. Students produce a podcast, 3-12 minutes long and submit their entry Jan. 1 - March 31, 2019Winning podcasts will be featured in segments on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Learn more.

Euro Challenge

The Euro Challenge is a competition for 9th and 10th grade students passionate about world history, European studies, economics, trade, migration, health, environmental security, and global business. The program aims to increase students’ knowledge of the Euro Area and its single currency, the euro, through a unique learning experience that moves students out of the classroom and into the real world.

Preliminary rounds are held in March and April. Finals will be held in New York City on May 2, 2019.


Fulbright-Hays Travel Seminar in China

The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy at the University of Arizona is inviting applications for educators wishing to take part in a Fulbright-Hays travel seminar in China this summer. The program will provide educators a unique opportunity to learn about education and social structure in China in an immersive cultural and linguistic experience. The application deadline is January 14, 2019. Learn more.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Semester Program

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Semester Program for U.S. Teachers (Fulbright DA) provides an opportunity for outstanding elementary, middle, and high school teachers from the United States to take part in a three- to six-month professional development experience abroad. Apply by January 15, 2019.

Attend the Deeper Learning Conference at a Discounted Rate

The Deeper Learning Conference is an annual gathering of powerful educators focused on creating more opportunities for students to learn deeply. DL2019 will take place March 27-29, 2019 in San Diego, California. As a member of the Deeper Learning network, ISSN members are invited to attend the 3-day event at a discounted rate. Early bird deadline is January 18, 2019Learn more.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program for U.S. Teachers

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program for U.S. Teachers (Fulbright DAST) provides an opportunity for outstanding K–12 teachers from the United States to take part in a two- to six-week professional development experience abroad. Teachers will share their educational expertise with schools, nonprofits, teacher training institutions, and other educational organizations abroad. Deadline is January 25, 2019. 

More Free Travel for Teachers

The Transatlantic Outreach Program supports teacher travel to Germany. Deadline: January 28, 2019.

Fund for Teachers offers grants to support professional development including travel. Deadline: January 31, 2019.

The Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship offers a study tour to Japan. Deadline: February 1, 2019.

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship includes travel to Peru. Deadline: February 4, 2019.

Looking for ways to connect + collaborate?


Global Competence

What is Global Competence?

The idea of global competence articulates the knowledge and skills students need in the 21st century. Globally competent students have the knowledge and skills to:

Investigate the World

Globally competent students are aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works.

Recognize Perspectives

Globally competent students recognize that they have a particular perspective, and that others may or may not share it.

Communicate Ideas

Globally competent students can effectively communicate, verbally and non-verbally, with diverse audiences.

Take Action

Globally competent students have the skills and knowledge to not just learn about the world, but also to make a difference in the world.


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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