Global Competence

The Asia Society and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) are leaders in articulating the meaning of global competence and how the associated skills can be nurtured and developed by teachers.

The two organizations partnered and commissioned a task force that met for a year to develop a better understanding of what global competence looks like when demonstrated by students in their classrooms. Their report, Educating for Global Competence, defines a globally competent student as one who can:

  1. investigate the world

  2. recognize their own perspectives and that of others

  3. communicate effectively with diverse audiences

  4. take action on global issues

All of this is grounded in deep understanding of content.

Global Competence: CCSSO and Asia Society

Global competence isn’t an electives class or a special project in high school or college. Rather, it is a skill set that embeds itself into all coursework, field experiences, internships and professional positions anyone holds. It is ideally a lifelong process as a learner and active collaborator.

Longview is interested in cultivating global competence in students in the United States, but also in identifying and assessing global competence in teacher preparation and in-service teaching as well.