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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

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Summer Institute in Cleveland, Ohio!

Leaders and teachers in Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) gathered for the network’s annual summer institute in Cleveland, Ohio, from June 22–24. Participants had the opportunity to attend breakout sessions on topics related to the Global School Design Model and the ISSN Learning System (Graduation Performance System), hear from keynote speaker Deborah Delisle (former Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education for the U.S. Department of Education and member of Asia Society Center for Global Education's Council), and connect with peers from other ISSN schools.

This year we added a student leadership strand, in which students from a number of network schools participated in a Design Camp, collaborating to address global issues within a local context. At the end of this camp, student presented their projects and ideas to the rest of the Summer Institute attendees.

Please visit the "Summer Institute" tab in the navigation bar or here for program overview.

Resource: Africa, Entry Points for Teaching

The thought of teaching about Africa can be overwhelming to teachers: so many countries, cultures, and challenges that it's difficult to know where to begin! Barbara Brown and Breanna Elliott, with Boston University's African Studies Center, share some ways to begin engaging students around this large and diverse continent. Read on »

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Resource: One Million Data Points Tell a Cautionary Tale

Mapping the Nation is an interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation. This digital tool helps you find the global connections your county and state have to the rest of the world. Think about why these connections matter for business, policy, and education. The data is rich and can be used in many ways. Get started!

Oak Hills Students Take Action by Building Outdoor Learning Space!

Picture a woodshop class with a strong emphasis on architecture and construction. That’s exactly what Oak Hills High School’s design lab offers students. They are the students who make up the design lab. It’s a K-12 educational program that partners with local schools and it’s about as hands-on as can be. “I am the head designer, so I will be helping out with all the designs we’ve been doing,” Jordan Malsbary said. This semester’s theme is outdoor learning space.

Read on and watch the video »

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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