What is Global Competence?

The idea of global competence articulates the knowledge and skills students need in the 21st century.

Globally competent students have the knowledge and skills to:

Investigate the World

Globally competent students are aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works.

Recognize Perspectives

Globally competent students recognize that they have a particular perspective, and that others may or may not share it.

Communicate Ideas

Globally competent students can effectively communicate, verbally and non-verbally, with diverse audiences.

Take Action

Globally competent students have the skills and knowledge to not just learn about the world, but also to make a difference in the world.

The Four Domains of Global Competence

The Four Domains of Global Competence [image and description]

Learn More About Teaching for Global Competence

Learn about online global competence courses and certificate programs offered by the Center for Global Education in collaboration with Arizona State University designed for educators in schools and in out-of-school time.
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Download globally focused performance outcomes and rubrics in a variety of grades and all academic subjects, plus a free copy of the book here.
Read the book that introduced the definition of global competence, Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World.

Read More About Global Competence

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Professor Lee Sing Kong discusses what his country is doing to develop "globally competent" students, and why a tide of nationalism cannot win.
Tony Jackson reflects on the 2016 presidential election and the work ahead for all educators.
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How civics education can prepare all students to be active citizens of the United States and the world.
High UN and OECD officials describe how promoting diversity and 21st century technological skills in students are critical as the world globalizes.
The education advocate and former First Lady of the United Kingdom explains why global competence is so vital to the future.
A Harvard student from a poor immigrant family discusses why having an international perspective is critical for succeeding in an increasingly globalized world.

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