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"Learning From Nature" Student International Essay Competition

Each year The Goi Peace Foundation organizes an essay contest as part of UNESCO's Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development. This year's theme is "learning from nature." Deadline to submit work is June 15, 2017


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…

Global Leadership Week, April 24-28

April 24 - April 28 is Global Leadership week hosted by the Global Education Conference Network, and sponsored by …

Symposium on Global Competencies

CoSN is committed to a global dialogue focused on the strategic uses of technology for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools. As part of this commitment, CoSN will be convening the Symposium on Global Competencies on April 3, 2017 during the CoSN 2017 Annual Conference in…

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Summer Institute 2017!

Summer Institute 2017

Portland, Oregon and Fort Vancouver High School, Center for International Studies


Wednesday Sessions

Thursday Sessions

New Resources for 2017! 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 new for 2017 include Biodiversity, Clean Energy, Social Mobility and Income Inequality, Sustainable Economics!

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 new for 2017 include Digital Storytelling, Cost/Benefit Analysis, Civic Responsibility, and Art, Then and Now.

New Resources for Primary Grades!

Introducing new GPS resources for primary grades! "I-Can" statements for Kinder, 1st and 2nd grades! ... and the full suite of GPS resources for 3rd grade, including Performance Outcomes, Rubrics and "I-Can Statements.  These resources are available for all content areas.

Find these classroom tools in the PERFORMANCE OUTCOME page through the RESOURCE drop-down menu above, or click here.

Welcome Hudson Valley Pathways Academy!

Welcome to Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, the newest member of the ISSN!

HVPA is a six-year program that begins for students in Grade 9. The program is designed to develop leadership, creativity, and self-direction. Students work with industry partners through internships, workplace visits, mentoring, and other real-world connections that enhance students' job preparedness. Students who complete the program earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree. Both Information Technology and Advanced Manufacturing programs are available. Watch the video below to learn more about the newest member of our network!

ISLC recognized with California Gold Ribbon!

Congratulations to International Studies Learning Center for being recognized as one of California's Gold Ribbon Schools for 2017! The award reflects ISLC's success in creating a positive learning atmosphere for their students and is a direct result of ISLC's dedicated, creative, and talented staff, and their supportive school community.


DCIS students empower leadership

Students at Denver Center for International Studies took first place in a citywide completion, DPS Challenge 5280. Students in groups of 10 from 22 high schools have identified an issue within their school and are working on plans to implement change and foster improvement. DCIS students are working to empower and train more students of color to step into leadership roles at their school. "We want to help students of color become the leaders that they already are, but in a role where they can make greater change," said senior Ampa'o Locke. Watch the video highlighting these students' work.

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...

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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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