2018 Summer Institute

We are excited to announce that our fifteenth annual Summer Institute will be held in Austin, Texas and will be hosted by the Academy for Global Studies! Our program will include opportunities for you to collaborate with network colleagues, gain new ideas, and learn about new ISSN resources!

Our program will kick off the evening of Wednesday, June 20th with an opening reception at the Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott Austin Downtown, will run a full day on Thursday June 21st at the Academy for Global Studies, and will wrap up midday on Friday, June 22nd.

We hope that you can join us!

Teaching for Global Competence in a Rapidly Changing World

We are pleased to announce that a new publication from the Center for Global Education at Asia Society and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),Teaching for Global Competence in a Rapidly Changing World, was released at the Education World Forum in London on Monday, January 22.  This resource was created in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  As you may know, this year the OECD will launch a new assessment of global competence as part of PISA (Program for International Student Assessment). This new publication sets forward the PISA framework for global competence and the assessment, along with practical guidance for educators.

The publication sets forward a new framework for global competence developed by OECD for PISA 2018, which aligns closely with the definition developed by the Center for Global Education, and provides practical guidance and examples of how educators can embed global competence into their existing curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Global Issue Overviews and Performance Assessment Design 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 new for 2017 include Biodiversity, Clean Energy, Social Mobility and Income Inequality, Sustainable Economics!

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 new for 2017 include Digital Storytelling, Cost/Benefit Analysis, Civic Responsibility, and Art, Then and Now.

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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