14 Resources To Show You How To Integrate Global Competence


In addition to actively engaging in their learning, today’s students need to understand their connection to their communities and the world at large. Discover how you can develop the intercultural competence to expand your curriculum beyond textbook instruction with this curated list of resources just released on ASCD myTeachSource™.

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Taking Your Classroom Global from Education Update

As our world becomes more globally connected, students must learn to work with all types of people—whether they’re in the same room or on another continent. To increase access to culturally rich experiences, teachers are facilitating meaningful projects that extend beyond the walls of their classrooms.

Awakening Global Consciousness from Educational Leadership

A two-year ethics course opens students’ eyes to how their actions affect the planet.

Making Diverse Classrooms Safer for Learning from Educational Leadership

Acknowledging students’ culturally based perspectives makes classrooms better places to learn.

All Languages Welcomed Here from Supporting the Whole Child

Learn how classrooms across the world with multilingual learning environments help students feel at home and accelerate language learning.

Becoming Citizens of the World from Educational Leadership

The future is here. It’s multiethnic, multicultural, and multilingual. But are students ready for it?

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Teaching for Cosmopolitan Citizenship from Educational Leadership

Two teachers explain how they prepare their students to live in a world without borders.

Global Competence and Digital Competence: The New Universal Knowledge and Skills from Catching Up or Leading the Way by Yong Zhao

With an extraordinary command of facts and thought leadership, Zhao describes how schools have to keep pace with a world that is being dramatically transformed by globalization, the “death of distance,” and digital technology. His prescription is for educators to personalize schooling so that every student has an opportunity to learn and to view schools as enterprises that embrace globalization and digital technology.

Inviting All Students to Learn by Hillary Dack and Carol Ann Tomlinson from Educational Leadership

These four steps can help teachers become more aware of the cultures within their classrooms so that they can help all learners succeed.

Creating Global Classrooms from Education Update

Around the world, teachers are using online education tools to bring global perspectives to the classroom.

ASCD Resources

Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization by Yong Zhao

This remarkable book will forever change the debate about what’s wrong and what’s right with U.S. education and where it should be going. Based on his own experience as a student in China and as a parent of children attending school in the United States, Zhao skewers conventional wisdom while setting straight the recent history and current state of U.S. schools.

Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Author and educator Heidi Hayes Jacobs launches a powerful case for overhauling, updating, and injecting life into the K–12 curriculum. Sharing her expertise as a world-renowned curriculum designer and calling upon the collective wisdom of 10 education thought leaders, Jacobs provides insight and inspiration in key areas such as technology, globalization, and habits of mind.

The Global-Ready Student (Educational Leadership issue)

This issue features articles on developing global thinkers, looking at what global workplace demands will mean for students, exploring diverse perspectives from teachers of different cultures, helping students tackle global issues, and more.

West Meets East: Best Practices from Expert Teachers in the U.S. and China by Leslie Grant, James Strong, et al.

West Meets East is based on the fundamental premise that strong teaching is at the heart of educational quality and that we all benefit from understanding the practices and professional thinking of exemplary teachers. As educators, it’s important to understand that even though we’re setting new goals and improving outcomes, excellence is a moving target. In the globally connected 21st century, educational innovations in one country can reset the bar for students around the world.

How to Teach Now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom by William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell

Based on the wisdom of teachers at international schools, the authors outfit you with ideas and strategies for embracing the paradox of personalized learning in the global classroom. Discover an approach to teaching that welcomes your students’ diversity into the classroom, connects them to a globalized perspective of the world, and prepares them for the new world they are facing and its many challenges.