The Global School Design

The Global School Design Model was created to assist educators in the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) throughout all phases of the transformation of their schools. This model implementation rubric:

The Global School Design: Six Domains of Global School Planning
  • Provides a blueprint for schools in designing, planning, and leading an ISSN school;
  • Guides implementation and supports school-wide reflection and self-assessment of implementation progress;
  • Provides data needed to plan for continued growth and development as a Professional Learning Community from inception to sustaining;
  • Supports a process of continuous improvement; and
  • Provides a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of the our Global School Design Principles.

The Global School Design serves as a framework to help ensure that all aspects of the school community are designed to support a global focus. Use it to support strategic planning, change management, results benchmarking and tracking, and program development to establish a firm foundation for global competence education.

Learn about the six domains of the Global School Design along with an essential question and some examples of how schools can incorporate global competence through each domain:

The Global School Design At a Glance

Learn more about International Studies Schools Network and getting started in transforming your school and incorporating global competence across your curriculum. Please contact the Education Partnerships team at to learn more about the Network and how you can get involved.

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