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This resource guide is intended to provide information that explains what global education is, and sources to assist teachers in creating lessons that help students cultivate global competency.  Ideas for assessing global competencies are included.

Global Education; Not an Option any Longer

The Oregon High School Mission Statement makes a commitment to “to work together for success while learning to live respectfully and responsibly in a changing world.”  And our world is changing rapidly.  Educational pedagogy now incorporates the terms global intelligence, global literacy and global competencies and both institutions of higher education and businesses seek students with a global vision.
  Why is the quest for global competency so urgent and imperative?  Our students will be asked to communicate, problem solve and work in an environment that transcends state, and national boundaries. 
Global education efforts, with an emphasis on 21st Century Skills, seeks to prepare students 1) to investigate matters of global significance, 2) to recognize cultural perspectives, 3) to effectively communicate and use technology to make connections, and 4) to take action and achieve desired outcomes.

21st century education


As educators we can provide a learning environment that teaches content and skills that will enable our students to communicate effectively, collaborate with colleagues across the world, solve problems in innovative ways and use technology to engage others.  Students can cultivate global competencies with creative interdisciplinary units, lessons that have global themes and collaborate with global citizens across the world.

In this rich video (15 minutes) Tony Jackson, the VP for Education for the Asia Society eloquently speaks about what global competency is, and why it is so significant for our students, and American schools.


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All Photos taken by Lou Kindschi