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Teacher Designed Tasks

October 2014 -

Dan LeGage, Deering High School

Water Corruption- Special Report  

Module Overview  

Student Directions

Your region’s drinking water supply is being threatened and there is a crisis.Your challenge is to create a television news segment investigating the crisis and what can be done.

Age/Grade Level: Grade 9
Subject Area: Earth Science
Time Frame: 3-5 weeks


Educating for Global Competence: Why Does It Matter Today?

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 bookEducating for Global Competence by Veronica Boix-Mansilla and Tony Jackson (4 MG PDF)

Introducing Vaughn International Studies Academy

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 Issue Overviews

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 Assessment Shells

Performance Assessments can be used with elementary, middle, and secondary students - Students communicate their understanding of issues of global significance through various ways including: InfographicsPosition PapersPublic Speaking or Event Planning.

FAQs - Performance Assessments

Performance Assessment Quality Rubric (SCALE)

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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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