Global Collaboration Week is Coming!

Students, teachers, and organizations will get online to celebrate Global Collaboration Week September 17-21, as back-to-school season begins in the northern hemisphere.

During this week, experienced global educators and other professionals will design and host connective projects and events and invite public participation. The primary goals of this whole day event are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world, and to introduce others to the tools, resources, projects, and networks that are available to educators today.

This is an opportunity for educators new to globally connected teaching and learning to participate in virtual activities designed by more experienced teachers. It's also a great way for educators running ongoing global projects to find project partners! 

New Global Issue Overviews and Performance Assessment Design Shells for 2018!

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. Topics new for 2018 include Emotional Intelligence, Free and Fair Press, and Forced Migration

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. New for 2018 - Portfolio and Capstone for Elementary, Middle and Secondary Grades!

Graduate Profile

The goal of Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) is that every student graduates possesses the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary to succeed in our 21st century global environment. Our mission is to give every student equal access to an excellent education that prepares them for the new global era. Visit the Graduate Profile to view the indicators for success!

Teaching for Global Competence in a Rapidly Changing World

We are pleased to announce that a new publication from the Center for Global Education at Asia Society and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),Teaching for Global Competence in a Rapidly Changing World, was released at the Education World Forum in London on Monday, January 22.  This resource was created in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  As you may know, this year the OECD will launch a new assessment of global competence as part of PISA (Program for International Student Assessment). This new publication sets forward the PISA framework for global competence and the assessment, along with practical guidance for educators.

The publication sets forward a new framework for global competence developed by OECD for PISA 2018, which aligns closely with the definition developed by the Center for Global Education, and provides practical guidance and examples of how educators can embed global competence into their existing curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

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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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