The States Strategies Rubric (PDF) outlines best practices in leadership, resources, teacher prep and professional development, curriculum, and instruction. It maps what beginning, developing, advanced, and explemary practices look like, so stakeholders can assess their own state progress and have a vision for the future. The rubric includes real-world examples drawn from more than 25 states.
States around the country are recognizing that global competence has become a necessity for every child. To embrace new opportunities and address the critical challenges of our day students require knowledge of world regions, cultures, and global issues; skills in communicating and collaborating in cross-cultural, multilingual environments, and in using information from different sources around the world; and values of respect and concern for other cultures, peoples, and places.
Building global competence into all P-12 schools throughout a state is a complex process that requires the engagement of leaders from education, government, business, and non-profit, community and parent organizations. The specific shape of any international education initiative will depend on the state’s education structure and resources. The State Strategies Rubric, along with our feature Organize a State Initiative, help pave the way.
The State Strategies Rubric was developed by the Longview Foundation, Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning, and members of the States Network on International Education in the Schools. It is designed based on the experience and vision of these leader states, who have embraced their critical role in developing students’ global competence during pre-collegiate education, to provide guidance for planning and assessment of state level strategies.