October 2014 -
Dan LeGage, Deering High School
Age/Grade Level: Grade 9
Subject Area: Earth Science
Time Frame: 3-5 weeks
The challenge is clear: The world for which we're preparing students today is fundamentally different from the one many of us experienced growing up. Today’s societies are marked by new global economic, cultural, technological and environmental trends that are part of a rapid and uneven wave of globalization. To address these challenges Global Competence is more important than ever. The concept of global competence articulates the knowledge and skills students need in the 21st century.
Download the new book: Educating for Global Competence by Veronica Boix-Mansilla and Tony Jackson (4 MG PDF)
Vaughn International Studies Academy is an International Studies School that Asia Society helped create from the ground up. VISA's mission is to produce students who are globally competent and college and career ready, by helping them understand the interconnectedness of all nations, and instilling in them the belief that they each have the responsibility to be an actor on the world stage. Hear from the students, teachers, and administrators themselves in this video:
Global issues are present in all areas of our lives as citizens of the world. Issues such as infectious disease, resource conservation, access to clean water, and population growth are interconnected and affect our economies, our environment, our capabilities as humans, and our processes for making decisions regarding cooperation at the global level. As a resource to teachers and students, we've outlined these four issues into "Overviews" that include an introduction, enduring understandings, and essential questions. These overviews can serve as instructional outlines to help you and your students investigate these issues.
Performance Assessments can be used with elementary, middle, and secondary students - Students communicate their understanding of issues of global significance through various ways including: Infographics, Position Papers, Public Speaking or Event Planning.