2017 Summer Institute Call for Proposals Now Open!

Share your best practices for advancing the teaching and learning of global competence with your fellow ISSN colleagues at our fourteenth annual Summer Institute!  This year’s conference will be held June 20th - 22nd  in Portland, Oregon at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel  and at  Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies in Vancouver, Washington.  We will have two breakout strands that align with two domains of  the Global School Design Model (the matrix):

  1. Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  2. Partnerships 

The breakout session format is 90 minutes.  Learn more and submit your proposal here.  The deadline for submissions April 15th!  Notification will be made by May 1st.

Civics Education and Engagement: Ideas for Approaching Political Conversations with Students

By Jessica Kehayes, Center for Global Education at Asia Society

These days, discussing current politics with young people can be like walking a tightrope. Jessica Kehayes, Executive Director, Center for Global Education at Asia Society, learned that up close and personal as a planned visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with her Little Sister on the weekend President Trump signed the travel ban turned into a conversation about much more. In this article, she shares some ideas on how best to approach such conversations. Read on »

Selected Additional Resources on Civics Education and Engagement

           View the full list of resources on The Center of Global Education w...

Connected. United. 4 Change

Connected United 4 Change (CU4C) a nonprofit developed by ISSN Students

By Abby Henry, co-founder of CU4C and former ISSN student

I’m a co-founder of Connected. United. 4Change, and Bumpe, Sierra Leone, is C.U.4C‘s first international partner school. The school in Bumpe had a lot of amenities and was a very integral part of the community until the rebel war (1991-2002) destroyed it. Now the school has a lack of electricity, technology, bathrooms, staff, and general resources. Currently, the school is running off of a diesel power generator which is very difficult and costly to use. The Bumpe people’s two biggest concerns are the lack of sustainable power and the high early marriage and teenage pregnancy rates.

Hindo Kposowa, from Bumpe, Sierra Leone, explains the issue and the root cause,

“Poverty, especially in rural Sierra Leone, has caused many girls to drop out of school as a result of teenage pregnancy and early marriage. Children in our local communities are obliged to join their parents in the farms after school to help with farm work. Hence, the only time for students to study and do their homework is at night. Bumpe is without electricity supply! Only 1% of the population (mostly business centers) own generators. Many families can only afford one flashlight for the entire household – powered with non-rechargeable batteries which are not sustainable and at times difficult for parents to purchase. Read on > 

Global Issue Overviews and Performance Assessment 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 include Hunger and Poverty, Education of Women and Girls, and Environment and Sustainability.

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 include Business Plan, Digital Project, Engineering, and Infographic.

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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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