A Global Competence Opportunity

Over at Asia Society VP Tony Jackson’s terrific new Global Learning blog at Education Week Tony writes about the new Quality Counts report, which will this year look at American education in an international context:

“The competencies that are called for in these Asian school systems closely mirror the global competence definition developed by Asia Society and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

“Frankly, the Asian emphasis on global competence is a lot more genuine than what we see in the United States today. Ed Gragert of iEARN said it best: “Worldwide, ‘global education’ is simply known as ‘education.'” In the United States, rhetoric about meeting the demands of the global knowledge economy abounds, but it rarely translates into wide-scale change in classrooms.

Tony sees an opportunity for US educators and policy-makers to learn from their Asian counterparts, and vice-versa.

How do we encourage this wide-scale systemic collaboration? Does it need to be driven at the federal level? State level? District level? Classrooms? PTAs? Foundations? Corporations?

One creative effort from Tony and his Asia Society colleagues and fellow Connect All Schools partners VIF International Education, are proposed Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badges.

Will global competence badges be the catalyst that internationalizes our education system?

Stay Tuned.


One World Makes Planet Smaller for D.C. Students


Excellent article about the efforts and impact of Connect All Schools partner One World Youth Project published January 2, 2012 by Larry Luxner, news editor of The Washington Diplomat:

“More than 1,700 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan, yet nine in 10 American high school students can’t find that war-ravaged country on a world map. …

“OWYP, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004, aims to fight ignorance about the world by using email, Skype and Facebook to pair U.S. secondary schools with classrooms in other countries, and eventually by broadening the program internationally.

“This is our third year of working with One World,” she explained. “Ours is a leadership elective class where I interview the students to see if they’d be a good fit for our program. We focus on life skills, career development, anger management. We try to help students at risk of dropping out of school early. Being a part of the One World project allows them a glimpse of the world at large. They’ve had sister schools in Qatar and Kosovo — and now their eyes are opened to a bigger world.” …

Continue reading: One World Makes Planet Smaller for D.C. Students.

Carnegie Hall Connects All Schools

The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York City has expressed their full support for the Connect All Schools initiative. “[We are] very happy to be a partner in the Connect All Schools initiative, and we are honored to be listed among the many partner organizations that are doing such fantastic work in supporting global education”, said Christopher Amos, director of educational media and technology at the Weill Music Institute in his letter to CAS team. Thank you Weill Music Institute for your support and we are looking forward to your stories!