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You tell us what it means to be a global citizen; we'll make you one!

Each year, AFS honors select schools for their commitment to international education with the Top AFS School Award. In recognition of the global-minded thinking of these schools' students, we are pleased to invite all students from the following current and former Top…

Global Citizen Year: Apply by March 4, 2015

Global Citizen Year: Each year a group of high school graduates is selected to spend a year abroad as fellows in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Fellows are immersed in a culture different from their own, living with a host family and working locally. Rolling admissions; deadline: …

Teachers for Global Classrooms

The 2015-16 application for the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) is now live!  The deadline for submission is March 18, 2015.

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development…

Teacher Designed Modules

Teacher Designed Module - Barriers to Education

Across the network teachers are developing high-quality modules that support global competence and college / career readiness.  Each month we will be showcase one of these modules, both in this newsletter as well as on the NING home page. 

This month we're featuring Barriers to Education, Culture and Linguistics module for High School Students designed by Suzanne Dodson from Deering High School, in Portland, Maine.

Module Overview

In this module, students investigate the physical barriers to access education.  This module culminates with students creating and sharing a media presentation documenting the challenges of transportation to and from school specifically for high school students in Portland. 

After watching the film, “Girl Rising,” my students discussed the topic of barriers to education at Deering High School. Many students agreed that getting to and from school is a serious challenge for many students. They discussed the lack of a late bus and the two mile eligibility requirement for school transportation. The students decided to create a short video presenting these challenges, and to show the video to the superintendent and the school committee. 

- Suzanne Dodson

How could you adapt this module to address barriers to education in your city, or globally?

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

or Lisa Tyrell


ISSN Summer Institute | RFPs Now Open!

Request for Proposals (RFP) is now open for the 2015 Summer Institute in Los Angeles! The RFP deadline is April 1st.  This year's sessions will fall into two main breakout strands:

1. Student Empowerment

Focus Question: How do you use ISSN components (Portfolios, Capstones, Student-Led Projects, Student-Led Conferences, Service Learning, Service Travel, technology, etc..) to promoted student engagement?

2. Graduate Performance System (GPS) in the Classroom

Focus Question: How do you use GPS materials (Performance Assessment Shells, Global Issues Frameworks PO’s, or rubrics) to increase rigor and relevance in your classroom?

We will be offering a discount to participants selected to present (more information to come shortly).

 Registration will open for all on April 15th and will close May 15th.

Developing Globally Competent Students Through PBL

by Don Proffit, ISSN Consultant

A few weeks ago I was in Portland, Maine working at Deering High School, one of Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) member schools. I had just facilitated a workshop on designing globally-themed Project Based Learning (PBL) experiences with a group of ninth grade teachers. I was having supper at a local restaurant and noticed sitting to next me someone I recognized: Elaine Potoker, Professor Emerita at the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics, Maine Maritime Academy. As I am wont to do when on the road alone, I introduced myself to her and her husband in the hope of sparking a conversation. (continue reading)

ISSN Learning Expedition | Shanghai + Tokyo

Travel with Asia Society International Studies Schools Network and EF Educational Tours to Shanghai and Tokyo in April, 2015. Join fellow educators from the United States for the opportunity to take an in-depth look at Chinese and Japanese educational practices. Visit local schools, participate in workshops and see major cultural and historical sites. Learn about the internationally renowned “Japanese Lesson Study”—a professional development strategy for teachers—and the approaches being used in Shanghai to increase student achievement. Work together with other educators to advance the learning of global competence and to gather innovative practices that will enhance our work in U.S. districts, schools and classrooms.

To Learn more or enroll, please contact Lisa Tyrell at 212-327-9353 or email at


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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Help or Feedback Requested

Rice Bucket

This summer I participated in a teacher training mission in Liberia West Africa.  We came home just before the Ebola crisis peaked.  I am now helping our students at Lincoln West High School in Cleveland, Ohio to Take Action to raise money to buy rice for those not working because of the Ebola crisis.  I would be glad to tell anyone about it and challenge you to raise more than we did.  We raised $800.00.  Please reply and I will get you started.


Inquiry Based Learning

I'm an AP Language teacher at the Academy for Global Studies in Austin, TX. Like a lot of  teachers, I have dipped my toe into inquiry-based learning with things like Socratic seminars, student-designed projects, student-led discussions, etc. However, I want to go further. I want to turn over my classroom to the students for three weeks. I want them to take over what they learn, how they learn it, and how they show their learning. I have done a lot of research, but I still feel nervous. I am…

Connections to Schools in Dubai?

Hi Everyone! 

We have a staff member who will be traveling to Dubai in a few weeks and she would love to visit a school there. Does anyone have any connections in Dubai that she could reach out to prior to her trip! Any information is very much appreciated. Please message me if you have a contact. 



Performance Outcomes + Rubrics

Performance Outcomes are the abilities students can demonstrate to prove their global competence. For each subject area and for global leadership, we provide a series of tools to clarify global competency goals, and help students and teachers document the contribution toward achieving those goals.

The “I Can Statements” are aimed at students, describing in first-person voice what he or she will be able to do in the benchmarked 5th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade years.

For each performance outcome an accompanying rubric lists specific evidence students must demonstrate as they progress towards global competency. This is a tool for both students and teachers alike.



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