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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


RFPs for 2016 Summer Institute Now Open!

The ISSN Summer Institute will kick off the evening of Wednesday, June 22, in Cleveland, Ohio and will run through Friday, June 24, 2016.  The Jackson Academy for Global Studies will be hosting us on Thursday, June 23, 2016!  Here is the link to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for breakout sessions. The RFP deadline is March 31, 2016.  This year there will be six breakout strands that align to the six domains of our ISSN School Design Model:   

                1. Vision, Mission, Culture

                2. Student Learning Outcomes

                3. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

                4. School Organization and Governance 

                5. Professional Learning 

                6. Community Partnerships 

Aurora Public Schools join the ISSN!

Welcome to the newest members of our network! As 2015 closed, our network increased by five new schools.  Aurora Public Schools is a community of over 300 thousand and located just to the east of Denver.  The five schools joining our network include:

  Aurora West College Prep Academy
  Aurora Center High School
  Crawford Elementary
  Paris Elementary
  Boston K-8

Welcome Aurora Public Schools to the ISSN!

Newly Added 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.

Looking for ways to connect + collaborate?


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 Planning Protocol

Performance Assessment Storyboard Template

GPS Tuning Protocol

Sample Storyboard - Is Health a Human Right?

GPS Module Overview "One-Pager"


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