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Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Gallery Walk Activity

Debrief Session After Dr. Reimer's Presentation


Question 1: What was the most thought-provoking for you about Dr. Reimers' keynote?

  • A hundred years ago the need for global education was identified.
  • Educators know that internationalization is important, but are not directing adequate resources and time toward implementation.
  • Linking global education to workforce development for the 21 st century.
  • The need to create a consensus about the definition of global education and the criteria for global competency.
  • "Be the pioneer you really are." Individuals who are already making efforts need to get their schools on board.

Question 2: Why should global education be a priority?

  • 21 st century skills—languages, cultural awareness, technology competencies—are needed in the workplace.
  • Human survival depends on collaboration and transition to sustainable practices.
  • Students need to appreciate the diversity of the world and their own communities, and be able to see different perspectives.
  • We need to prepare students to be part of an increasingly connected world and work together to solve problems.
  • It promotes tolerance, creativity, and innovative thinking.

  Question 3: What teaching strategies can help students become more globally competent?

  • Project-based learning that engages students with solving real-world problems.
  • Partnerships with international schools, through video-conferencing, pen pals, or social media.
  • Simulations, role plays, debates, and discussions that help students consider issues from multiple perspectives.
  • Using authentic resources from other cultures to connect students to the world.
  • Bring international perspectives to the classroom with speakers, literature, newspapers, etc.

Question 4: How can global education integrate into existing standards-based curricula?

  • Use real-life examples of problems drawn from around the world.
  • Use literature from a variety of cultures.
  • Create interdisciplinary lessons and projects.
  • Connect with counterparts around the world and learn about a subject together.
  • Establish curriculum committees to develop resources that support global connections to the existing curriculum.

Question 5: What does it mean for educators to be globally competent?

  • Having knowledge of global issues and appreciation of multiple perspectives.
  • Knowing where to look to find answers and guiding students to resources.
  • Being open-minded and motivated to seek new knowledge and experiences.
  • The ability to put local problems/issues in a global context.
  • Recognizing how culture influences perception and how to help students understand/value other cultures.

Question 6: What challenges do educators face in striving to teach for global competency?

  • Lack of preparation, training, and background knowledge.
  • Lack of consensus and support at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Constraints of narrow curriculum requirements and testing.
  • Access to resources—technology, funding, professional development.
  • Difficulty defining and assessing global competency.

Question 7: How can educators respond to challenges they face in striving to teach for global competency?

  • Look for resources and work within networks of like-minded educators.
  • Work across the curriculum to find global connections.
  • Use World Wise Schools resources to bring cultural perspectives to the classroom.
  • Demonstrate how teaching for global competency also supports other skills that students need to learn.
  • Seek out opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

Question 8: What questions do you still have about teaching for global competency?

  • What are the best ways for teachers to collaborate internationally?
  • How do we bring global education to a larger audience and get stakeholders to buy into its importance?
  • How do we make space in the curriculum, especially when NCLB (No Child Left Behind) testing does not emphasize global competency?
  • How do we get additional funding for technology, professional development, and international opportunities?
  • Where do I go to find resources to help me teach global competency?  

About the Author

Coverdell World Wise Schools

To discover new approaches for incorporating global issues and integrating cross-cultural understanding with core disciplines, Coverdell World Wise Schools hosted a conference—Global Issues in the Classroom—inviting participants' feedback.