Network News and Opportunities


Ft. Vancouver Teacher, Bethany Rivard, was recently recognized by her peers as Regional Teacher of the Year.  In this video Bethany describes how she and her students create a community, discusses the high level of collaboration happening between many teachers on campus, and that this recognition highlights the strength of what teachers are doing at Ft. Vancouver. Bethany, her colleagues and students hope this…

High School Competition - Communicating about Global Peace and Conflict

The American Foreign Service Association’s National High School Essay Contest, now in its 18th year, encourages students to think critically and write a research paper about building peace through diplomacy. New this year is the partnership between AFSA and the United States Institute of Peace, through…

Student Competition - Design a Dream Car with Toyota

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announces its 5th year of hosting the worldwide Toyota Dream Car Art Contest in the United States, which is designed to inspire creativity in youth and encourage an interest in the automotive industry.

During Tuesday, September 15, 2015 thru Monday, February 1,…

Joint Student/Teacher Essay Competition: Take Action on UN's Development Goals

International Student/Teacher Essay Contest: The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs has…

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


Summer Institute 2015: Learning from Each Other and Sharing Best Practices

Asia Society Vice President of Education Tony Jackson, school leaders, students, and teachers speak about the value of the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) at the 2015 Summer Institute in Los Angeles. Current ISSN schools and prospective partners are invited to attend these annual institutes to discuss how to better educate and equip young people "to be part of a global economy but also to be the problem solvers of the world we need today to create a shared future for everyone on the planet." 

Featured Resource: Stories and Lesson Plans from Global Oneness Project

The Global Oneness Project provides resources that guide students in developing global competence through exploration of cultural, social and environmental issues with a humanistic lens. Stories are either video, photo essay, or article based and provide engaging ways for students to investigate the world. Accompanying lessons are aligned to National and Common Core standards, and offer an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitate the development of active, critical thinking.  This project is a great, engaging resource to help students develop global competence.

Global Leadership + Content Performance Outcomes


Asia Society has partnered with Stanford's Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) to further refine the ISSN performance outcomes, as well as ensuring that these outcomes clearly align to the expectations in Common Core and Mathematics standards.  You can find these newly updated Performance Outcomes (including Rubrics and student "I-Can" statements, as well as other resources and tools by visiting our RESOURCES page.

Global Issue Overviews

Globally significant issues are challenges faced by large numbers of people on different sides of national boundaries, are of significant direct or indirect concern to many countries of the world, and have implications that require a global response. Below are some Asia Society developed curriculum overviews for some of these issues, along with supporting resources for classroom exploration.

Performance Assessment Shells

Performance Assessments can be used with elementary, middle ad secondary students. Students communicate their understanding of globally significant issues through various ways. Below are Asia Society developed Performance Assessment Shells, including: Infographics, Position Papers, Public Speaking and Event Planning. Additional resources include a FAQs page and a Quality Rubric developed by SCALE.

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Global Competence Tool Kit



The curriculum module design process supports teachers in developing high-quality performance tasks that address the ISSN performance outcomes.
Download the following documents to support you as you plan and design curriculum:

GPS Curriculum Module Planning Protocol

GPS Storyboard Template 

GPS Curriculum Module Overview Template "One-Pager"


Performance Outcomes are the abilities students can demonstrate to prove their global competence. For each subject area and for global leadership, we provide a Tool Kit (performance outcomes, "I-Can" statements, and rubrics) to clarify global competency goals, and help students and teachers design, monitor and assess instruction and global learning.




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