ISSN Overview

(Ursaline Academy)

(Ursaline Academy)

ISSN is a national network of over 25 schools working to prepare globally-competent students who are ready for college, career, and life. Twentieth-century assumptions about the world are rapidly becoming obsolete. Globalization, the digital revolution, mass migration, and the prospect of climate instability are triggering new concerns and demanding a new kind of graduate. In the 21st century we are recasting our understanding of economics, communication, security, cultural identity, citizenship, and the environment. The cross-border challenges and opportunities that face our youth after graduation demands a more powerful, relevant, and self-directed learning that will prepare them to live, compete, and collaborate in new ways. We must prepare our students to be globally competent.

See our graduate profile, and the benchmarks throughout elementary and secondary school education that help students graduate ready for college and globally competent. The tools are free for you to use. 

In order to develop a school’s capacity to prepare globally competent students, ISSN partners in a variety of ways to support teachers and school leaders in implementing GPS, including:

  • On-site coaching for school leaders and teachers (implementation of our professional development modules)
  • Resources and tools for teachers to use in their curriculum, assessment, and instruction strategies
  • Study tours to see flagship ISSN schools in action
  • International study tours to learn from the success of other countries’ education systems
  • Teacher PD workshops on Performance Assessment for Global Competence
  • Site visits (a team from ISSN – including leaders from other network schools – conducts a 3-day assessment of school’s progress on the continuum of providing a global education)
  • Network leadership meetings (held twice a year)
  • Network educator conference (annual event) Electronic platform for teacher collaboration and resources


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