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November 10, 2012

Post-Election: Teaching Kids How to Respectfully Disagree

How can we raise our children to see various sides of contentious situations as the Founding Fathers and Mothers would have wanted them to, and to effectively, accurately express their views?

November 08, 2012

An English Teacher Abroad: Coming Home

After a trip abroad with students, it is useful to reflect on what was learned and how to improve for next time. Here, Jessica Keigan, a secondary language arts teacher at Horizon High School in Thornton, CO, does just that with some lessons for all of us. By Jessica Keigan This past summer and sp...

November 05, 2012

Bill Gates: Who's Beating the U.S., and What We Do About It

“A half-century ago, the U.S. was the undisputed leader in education—the first country to achieve universal secondary education and the first to make college broadly accessible. Today, other countries are leap-frogging the U.S. on global measures of student skills and knowledge. A World-...

October 30, 2012

Inspired School Redesign: The Floating Schools of Bangladesh

This is an incredible school redesign story. In Bangladesh, 20% of the country goes underwater each year. Severe flooding prevents students from attending school for a good portion of time. In any given year, dozens if not hundreds of schools are destroyed. Even more schools are shut down because...

October 26, 2012

Global Competence: An Avenue to the World

So what does it say that educated parents of means pay $40,000 for a new school to receive an education that explicitly states it will provide a global view, second language learning, and study abroad as its core tenant?

October 24, 2012

Nine Lessons on How to Teach 21st Century Skills and Knowledge

Decades of empirical research about how individuals learn, however, provide valuable insight into how pedagogy can address the need for 21st century skills.

October 16, 2012

Deeper Learning

The similarities between the skills of global competence and those of deeper learning are quite clear.

October 12, 2012

Global Competence at the Middle Level: A Critical Imperative

Middle school students are at a turning point between childhood and high school. Research shows that these adolescent minds are incredibly curious about the world around them. Judith Conk, senior consultant to Asia Society International Studies Schools Network, explains why it's critically important...

October 10, 2012

Sharing Perspectives, Opening Minds

I've shared a lot of perspectives on this blog—my own and others'—on global competence. Too rarely, admittedly, does it include student perspectives on what it means to become globally competent. Starting today, I hope to remedy that. Noemi Gonzalez is a graduate of University High Sch...

October 01, 2012

What Research Tells Us About Immersion, Part 2

Research on language immersion education has heralded benefits such as academic achievement, language and literacy development in two or more languages, and cognitive skills.

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