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Global Youth Service Day is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world and the only one that celebrates, expands, and sustains the capacity of all youth ages 5-25 and their communities to thrive by working together for the common good.

How is your school community participating?

Please share your stories here - let's use this conversation to encourage and inspire each other!


Spanish Language Virtual Exchange Initiative

Virtual Exchange

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State will match participating high schools with high schools in Spain for with the collaboration of the Unión Cooperativa de Enseñanza de Trabajo Asociado de Madrid (UCETAM).

Participating classrooms can share experiences, work on joint projects, and improve their language skills. Additionally, there may be a possibility for an in-person exchange during the second year. Learn more.

The Empathy Project: A Fellowship from Empatico and Participate

Do you want to positively impact the world through kindness and participation? Foster inter-cultural connections with classrooms around the world to spark empathy, perspective-building, and curiosity in your students? Teachers of 7-11 year old students who want to be a part of a pioneering cohort of compassionate, connected educators from all over the world can apply to the Empathy Project: A Fellowship from Participate and Empatico. The fellowship is free to educators. Learn more.


Re-imagining Migration Fellows Seminar 2019

On June 27-29, 2019, Re-imagining Migration will gather a selected group of educators at the National Gallery of Art and The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. The purpose of this convening is to inspire a global network of educational innovators ready to re-imagine migration education in a way that fosters the academic, civic, social and emotional capacities of immigrant-origin children and youth and their peers. Learn more.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program for U.S. Teachers (Fulbright DAST)

The Fulbright DAST program provides an opportunity for outstanding K–12 teachers from the United States to take part in a two- to six-week professional development experience overseas. Fulbright DAST Cycle II projects will take place in 12 different countries between October 2019 - May 2020. STEM, ICT, and ESL teachers are encouraged to apply by May 6, 2019. Learn more.

***Additional resources, grants, and travel opportunities are listed here.***

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Global Competence

What is Global Competence?

The idea of global competence articulates the knowledge and skills students need in the 21st century. Globally competent students have the knowledge and skills to:

Investigate the World

Globally competent students are aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works.

Recognize Perspectives

Globally competent students recognize that they have a particular perspective, and that others may or may not share it.

Communicate Ideas

Globally competent students can effectively communicate, verbally and non-verbally, with diverse audiences.

Take Action

Globally competent students have the skills and knowledge to not just learn about the world, but also to make a difference in the world.


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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