Global Competence Module 1: Identifying Areas of Self Growth

This module - the first in a three part training series - provides an overview of the concept of global competence and why it is important.

In order to meet the challenges of a 21st century learning environment, educators are required to be globally competent. Learners are growing increasingly more diverse, and globalization has created a workplace that requires globally minded graduates. Not all educators, however, are provided professional development opportunities to prepare them for this reality.

This module is one in a three part training series presented by the Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program at Peace Corps. It is intended for K-20 educators, group leaders, or after school program leaders who want to understand how to develop global competence in their learners. 


By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Define the term “global competence”
  • Describe why global competence is considered important in a 21st century learning environment
  • Familiarize themselves with resources to develop their knowledge of global competence
  • Identify areas of personal growth to develop their own global competence

Suggested Reading

Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World, Chapter 1

Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement. U.S. Department of Education International Education Strategy.

The Globally Competent Teaching Continuum: Definition of Global Competence and Welcome to the Globally Competent Teaching Continuum


Using “How to use the Globally Competent Teaching Continuum (GCTC) for professional growth” as a guide, reflect on your own level of global competence – from nascent to advanced – in each of the areas: Dispositions, Knowledge, and Skills. Then complete the following:

  • What is one area – Disposition, Knowledge, Skills – you intend to focus on for this course? Within that area, read the, read the description for the next highest level to understand what is required for growth in that area. Review the videos and examples that highlight examples of educators modelling Dispositions, Knowledge, and Skills for ideas and inspiration. 
  • Write three goals to help you grow in your chosen area – such as trying a new experience or practice, integrating a new perspective into your classroom, or connecting to a new resource. Use suggestions and strategies proposed by the webinar presenter.

Global Competence Training, Part 1: Identifying Areas of Self Growth

Recording: Module 1 of the Global Competence training. 

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