16 Resources on Developing Global Competence


Global competence means having the knowledge, skills, and mindsets that students need to thrive today and in the future. Learn more about The Globally Competent Learning Continuum (GCLC) and the necessary dispositions, knowledge, and skills of globally competent educators.

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A Critical Reflection: Exploring Self and Culture, a book chapter from Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners by David Campos, Rocio Delgado and Mary Esther Soto Huerta

When exploring cultural dynamics and group differences, this excerpt from Reaching Out to Latino Families of English Language Learners reminds us that it is important to first examine your unique worldview, which includes assumptions and perceptions.

A New Way of Thinking About Classroom Management, a book chapter from Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students’ Cultural Strengths by Carrie Rothstein-Fisch and Elise Trumbull

In this book chapter from Managing Diverse Classrooms: How to Build on Students’ Cultural Strengths, the authors introduce the Bridging Cultures Framework, discuss individualism and collectivism, and describe how cultures influence classroom behavior.

Introduction, a book chapter from The Formative 5: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs by Thomas R. Hoerr

Tom Hoerr introduces the formative five success skills from his book in this selected excerpt. Hoerr stresses the importance of “who you are is more important than what you know,” especially as our increasingly dynamic global society requires students to develop skills beyond routine academics.

Knowing Our Students as Learners, a book chapter from How to Teach Now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom by William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell

Today, research and experience in increasingly global classrooms are revealing the complex interplay of factors that influence a student’s learning. This chapter excerpt focuses on understanding that the business of coming to know our students as learners is simply too important to leave to chance—and that the peril of not undertaking this inquiry is not reaching a learner at all.

What are the Goals of Multicultural Education from ASCD Express

This ASCD Express article addresses the common challenges of multicultural education and defines five main student learning outcomes based on scholarly research.

Around the World and Forever Changed, a blog post on ASCD Inservice

A K–5 teacher shares how a study tour in Russia sparked a global interest in and passion for international education.

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Every Journey Begins With a Step from Educational Leadership

A primer for building global competency in young students.

At Home and Away from Educational Leadership

Teaching in other countries is eye-opening, but you don’t have to leave home to cultivate international understanding.

The Formative Five, an ASCD Webinar with Thomas Hoerr

Join Thomas Hoerr in an engaging ASCD member-only webinar where he discusses the formative five success skills, including why he chose them and what he didn’t select. He also explores specific attitudes and strategies that are needed to develop these success skills in students.

Equity Literacy for All from Educational Leadership

Schools can commit to a more robust multiculturalism by putting equity, rather than culture, at the center of the diversity conversation.

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.

A World-Class Education: Learning from International Models of Excellence and Innovation by Vivian Stewart

This book by Vivien Stewart reveals what the world’s best schools are doing to educate students for a rapidly changing, innovation-based world. Find out that American education has not “gotten worse,” how other countries are rapidly improving, and what all educators can learn from these breakthrough new educational approaches.

West Meets East: Best Practices from Expert Teachers in the U.S. and China by Leslie Grant, James Stronge, Xianxuan Xu, Patricia Popp, Yaling Sun, and Catherine Little

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. With this in mind, the authors set out to discover which beliefs and strategies of effective teachers can cross the cultural divide and help students in each nation make breakthrough advances.

Embracing Diversity: Global Education, 2nd Ed., an ASCD PD Online Course – Mobile

In Embracing Diversity: Global Education, you’ll develop an understanding of the role of global awareness as an important skill for students in the 21st century. Through video examples, in-depth readings, and problem-solving activities, you’ll learn various ways to infuse global awareness into your lessons, school activities, and community connections and make global connections through technology.

How to Teach Now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom (e-book) 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.

The Global-Ready Student, Educational Leadership December 2016/January 2017 issue

This issue of EL addresses the need for schools to prepare global-ready students, or students who have the dispositions to inquire about the world, understand different perspectives, engage in respectful dialogue, and take responsible action


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