Films Document How Students Become Global Citizens

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July 8, 2011, WASHINGTON, DC – This week at Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning Annual Conference, the Pearson Foundation is highlighting the Asia Society’s role in ensuring every student graduates high school globally competent and college and career ready by releasing two new films on educational leadership and teacher quality. The films document the Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network and are meant to inform educators, administrators and policy makers about the value of global competence and how this concept is being implemented in the classroom.

Asia Society International Studies Schools Network, a collection of small college preparatory schools, provides concepts and tools that define global competence. By interviewing educational leaders from a wide range of backgrounds, the Pearson Foundation is helping to describe the importance of the Asia Society’s work in classrooms.

The film features:

  • Tony Jackson, Vice President for Education, Asia Society
  • Mark Gerzon, Global Leadership, Meditation and Conflict Resolution Expert
  • Deborah Delisle, Former Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education
  • Dr. Heidi Hayes-Jacobs, Executive Director, Curriculum Mapping Institute and President, Curriculum Designers Inc.

The second film, Denver Center for International Studies, is a documentary of an effective International Studies Schools Network school, a Denver Public Magnet School for students in grades 6-12. This highly successful school is dedicated to developing students’ global competence and grants its graduates a Diploma of International Studies. The school has had a 100 percent graduation and college going rate among seniors for four straight years.

In comparisons of schools to demographically similar schools in the same school district, International Studies Schools Network schools outperformed comparison schools in 55 of 78 comparisons (70.5 percent). Across the network, the average graduation rate was 92%; of that, the college going rate was 94 percent, of which more than 70 percent selected four-year colleges or universities.

“Global competence is the ability to adapt, live, and work well in the global economy and society,” said Tony Jackson, vice president, education, Asia Society. “It is the ability to investigate key questions using international resources. It’s the ability to communicate ideas well across diverse audiences, and the capacity to recognize and weigh other perspectives.”

“The results of the students at International Studies Schools Network schools are undeniable,” said Mark Nieker, Pearson Foundation president. “The films share the benefits and lessons learned by teaching global competence. These youth are inspirational and I look forward to seeing how they make a difference in the world.”

Asia Society International Studies Schools Network and Denver Center for International Studies are available for viewing at

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