One promising way in which students can learn about and apply global competencies is through career and technical education (CTE). With an anchor in preparing students for the careers of their choice and a focus on the critical academic, technical, and employability skills needed for success, CTE offers a natural platform on which to build global competencies. Globally minded CTE programs can provide the rigorous and authentic setting necessary to prepare students for the competitive world economy, while offering a more engaging, motivating, and relevant education experience.
This toolkit provides resources, including: sample projects ready to be used in CTE classrooms, global career planning resources, workforce readiness rubrics, crosswalks of global education and CTE standards, global career profile videos, talking points, and more.
- Career Planning Tools
- Global Projects
- Standards, Crosswalks, and Rubrics
- Background Information on Global Competence
- My Classroom and Community
- Talking Points and Connecting to Business
- Project Management Resources
- Global CTSO Activities
- Technology Tools for Global CTE
- Badging, CEU, and Microcredential Information
- Video Library
Career Planning Curriculum
These classroom activities will help educators lead their students in an exploration of global careers.
- Overview: Global Career Planning Unit
- Lesson Plan 1: Demographics In Our Community
Lesson Plan 2: Education for a Global World
- Lesson 2: Worksheet
Lesson Plan 3: Creating a Global Infographic
- Lesson 3: Worksheet on Creating an Infographic
- Lesson Plan 4: Defining Global Competence at Work
- Lesson Plan 5: Global Job Searches
Career Profile Videos
These short video interviews showcase the global aspects of today’s jobs. Included are:
- Overview video: Business Perspectives on Global Competence
- Business, Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
- Culinary Arts/Hospitality
- Energy and Engineering Pathway (STEM) and Finance
- Health Sciences
- Project Management
Links to Additional Career Profile Videos on other sites
- FFA AgExplorer: National FFA and Discovery Education have created a robust, comprehensive career resource to help you explore the broad range of careers in agriculture.
- Ohio Global/Foreign Language Careers: This site contains video profiles and career exploration materials for middle and high school students. Global jobs from Advertising, Business, Education, Arts, and Culinary/Hospitality pathways are featured.
- RoadTrip Nation: A database of career interviews from virtually every profession! (subscription required)
Spark101.org: Collection of STEM focused career video with interactive lessons for students.
Original Projects/Instructional Tasks
These globally focused projects, written by CTE educators and aligned to the Common Core by ELA, math and science educators, can be used as stand alone projects in one CTE classroom or can be combined by multiple CTE educators in a building. These projects are based around four themes and contain the lesson plans, assessment information, and auxiliary materials an educator needs for implementation. Listed below are the four themes and the projects contained in each (listed by cluster/pathway).
- Food Security
- Clean Energy: Solar or Wind
- Women’s Health
Additional projects and ideas
Links to other global projects:
- Global CTE Crosswalks – These crosswalks of CTE standards by cluster area also contain ideas of globally focused projects.
- MBA Research
- Global Trade and Logistics Curriculum from The Deputy Sector Navigator in California.
- Center for Innovation in Science and Engineering Education has global projects for K-12 and they include global classroom connections.
Project Planning Template
Use this blank project planning template to plan your own global CTE project! (Can be used on your own, or in conjunction with Module 2 of the Global CTE PD Course).
CTE Standards Crosswalked to Global Competence: The Common Career Technical Core is a common set of CTE standards created for each of Advance CTE’s 16 Career Cluster areas. This document crosswalks each of the 16 career clusters with the four domains of global competence, demonstrating the clear alignment between global education and CTE. Each crosswalk is also filled with ideas of global projects that can support the standards taught in each of the career pathways.
- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications
- Business Management and Administration
- Education and Training
- Government and Public Administration
- Health Science
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Human Services
- Information Technology
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
- Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
- Global Career Ready Practices: A look at the global aspects of the Career Ready Practices developed by Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work and 42 states.
- Asia Society Global Leadership Performance Outcomes, Rubrics, and I Can Statements
- Employability Skills Feedback Form: This form can help CTE educators develop in their students the global 21st century skills required by today’s employers. (For use in Module 1 activities or as a stand alone.)
Links to Additional Employability Skills Frameworks
- MHA Labs Feedback Form/Checklist (download their toolkit and look in the MHA Labs 21st Century Skills Worksheets folder)
- US Department of Education Employability Skills Framework
- Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High-Quality Career and Technical Education (white paper by ACTE, Advance CTE, Asia Society, and The Longview Foundation)
- ACTE Techniques Article, "Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce and Citizenry"
- Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World (Asia Society's book defining global competence)
- Glossary of terms: This glossary contains terms used in relation to global education and CTE. (Coming soon!)
- SAGE Framework: Use the SAGE Framework when designing classroom projects. Video overview from Teaching Channel.
- Who Are My Students Activity: This activity helps you take stock of who your students are and where they come from. This will allow you to use the diversity in your classroom to engage your students. (Module 1 or Stand Alone activity).
- Mapping the Nation Activity Instructions: This sheet will give an overview of how to complete the Mapping the Nation activity worksheet. This activity will help you identify the global connections in your state and local community.
- Mapping the Nation Activity Worksheet: Find the global connections in your state and county with MappingtheNation.net.
- Mapping the Nation Extension Activity: This takes the activity one step further by helping you to write a case study on the global connections of your state and community to be used in advocating for global career and technical education. (Coming soon!)
- Talking to Your Administration: These talking points will help educators make the case to their administrators for why global education is important. (Coming soon!)
- Tips for Building Business Partnerships: How to reach out to global businesses in your community. (Coming soon!)
- PMIEF Project Management Toolkit for Teachers: This toolkit contains everything you need to know about using project management in your classroom.
- PMI Youth Toolkit lessons adapted for CTE classes. These lessons will help you teach the project management cycle to your students.
- Project Management Classroom Videos: PMI EF classroom video examples.
This section contains links to Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) with global activity options. Remember, many activities allow some freedom for students to choose their focus - encourage them to choose a global issue.
Links to helpful technology tools for global collaboration projects, professional development, curriculum, and more.
(You may also want to check this link for collaboration tools and this #GlobalEdChat transcript).
- Teachers: Those who complete the Global Competency through CTE modules will earn a badge of completion.
- Upon completion of the Global Competency through CTE modules, educators will be elegible to earn two Continuing Education Credits through the University of Central Missouri. Email Heather Singmaster for more information.
- If you are interested in further developing your global competence skills, Digital Promise offers micro credentials. These can be earned by educators as they complete global projects with their students.
These videos are featured in the Global Competency Through CTE Professional Development course modules.
- Module 1 Videos:
- Module 2 Videos:
PMI Educational Foundation: The mission of the PMI Educational Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization, is to inspire and empower people to realize their potential and transform their lives and their communities through the use of project management knowledge. Our vision is that all people worldwide have a better tomorrow by applying project management skills in their daily lives.