What is GLOBAL COMPETENCe?
Global Competence is more then having having an understanding of global issues and history. Beyond facts and isolated topics, globally competent students see the world for its connectedness; as a system. Students develop global competence by investigating issues of global significance, recognizing multiple perspectives, communicating their views effectively and taking action. Whether tackling topics and issues at the local or global level, students curiosity is peaked and they can be moved to taking action when challenged with classroom relevant and authentic opportunities examined through the lens of our pedagogy.
URGENCY FOR GLOBAL COMPETENCY AND INNOVATIVE EDUCATION
There is a justifiable sense of urgency for global competency and innovative education. During the Wise Summit, Tony Wagner, cofounder of the Change Leadership Group at Harvard, explains what we need to be teaching students to ensure their 21st Century success. He mentions other organizations, universities, businesses that are changing their systems of education and hiring to meet a quickly-changing world. His speech emphasizes two reoccurring themes: global competency and innovation. This is only one example that exemplifies our need to bring students up with creativity, innovation, global literacy, cross-sector and cross-cultural collaboration, and lessons in empathy. Click on the image below to view Wagner's powerful presentation.