Global Competence for Educators

This webinar series, provided by the Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program, is designed to support educators so they can fully utilize Peace Corps’ global education programs to encourage their learners to become global citizens.

Global awareness and cultural understanding has never been more important in preparing students to be globally minded citizens as they enter colleges and careers. This online webinar series provides educators the tools to better understand global competence within the educational context, and to improve their own knowledge, attitudes, and skills as globally competent educators. 

The series allows for self-reflection, resources, and incorporation of globally focused lessons, assessments, and other instructional materials to better prepare students for the globalized world. Peace Corps works with educators across the United States, providing free quality global education resources through its Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program. The program offers this series to help educators build global competence into their classrooms through its programs.


This series provides educators the tools to evaluate the level of global competency in their classrooms through self-reflection and student centered cultural exploration activities. Participants also are provided resources and strategies to help introduce more global content into their learning environment. By the end of this webinar series, educators will be given the tools to:

  • Define global competence
  • Identify their own cultural values as well as those of their students, and analyze how those values impact their learning environment
  • Engage with fellow educators to better understand how culture impacts the learning environment
  • Self-assess their global competence skills, and identify areas of growth as well as opportunities to facilitate that growth
  • Design lesson plans that incorporate global content
  • Participate in Peace Corps' global education programs and implement new learning.

Module Overviews

Global Competence Module 1: Identifying Areas of Self Growth

This module provides an overview of the concept of global competence and explains why it is important. During preparation work, educators identify areas of self-growth regarding their own global competence, and learn about strategies and resources to support that growth.

Global Competence Module 2: How Learners See the World

The second module series invites educators to reflect on learners' backgrounds and the perspectives they bring to the classroom. Educators practice teaching the concept of culture in the classroom, learn about their learners' cultural perspectives, and reflect on how culture enriches their classrooms.

Global Competence Module 3: Building Bridges

Part three of Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program Global Competence webinar series focuses on building understanding between people of different backgrounds - including educators and their students, students and their peers, and students and those outside their immediate environments.

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