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Pathways to Tomorrow: Building Global Competencies Through Intercultural Education

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Wednesday, December 2, 5:00–5:50 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Sandra Chow  
Dr. Kelly Grogan  

As the world races toward globalization, schools are growing in diversity and complexity. How might we build relationships by valuing differences, exchanging ideas and preparing students for global engagement? Join us as we explore frameworks, share stories and guide participants through exercises that expand perspectives on global competencies.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Global collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Develop the skills needed to lead and navigate change, advance systems and promote a mindset of continuous improvement for how technology can improve learning.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Global Competencies and Intercultural skills are widely used terms in education, yet not always clearly understood. As educators we are working in communities growing in diversity and complexity. Understanding the various cultures entering our schools is not always easy. We also need to prepare our students for their future, since being globally competent is no longer something we aspire to for our students, it is a necessity.

The objectives of this session are to:
1. Share current research behind global competencies and intercultural understanding
- Global Competence Model -
- OECD/PISA definition of Global Competence -
- Cultural IQ -
- Intercultural Competence Inventory -
- Harvard Project Zero- Global Competencies:
- Globesmart Profile
- Compassionate Systems Framework
- Managing Values Across Cultures

2. Model exercises and activities that would promote intercultural skills and attitudes
- World Map Detective Quiz -
- Get off the fence Activity -
- I am but I am Not -
- Harvard Project Zero- Out of Eden:
- Harvard Project Zero- Global Thinking- Visible Thinking Routines:

3. Share case studies and success stories from schools where global competencies and mindsets are making an impact on student learning, while also fostering innovation.
- Keystone Academy story - Chinese Thread & Innovations
- Chinese International School story


1. Who Are You? (5 min.)
- This is a warm-up to get participants comfortable with sharing about themselves.
- Using Mural, participants will share and introduce themselves which will populate a collaborative Map.

2. Unpacking the Global Competency Jargon (10 min.)
- Introduce “the why”
- Explore Global Competence Models
- Define Intercultural Perspectives

3. Knowing Ourselves (15 min.)
- Activity/assessment on where people are at on the Global Competency scale
- Online brainstorming with groups supported by protocol Circle of Viewpoints using Mural

4. Telling our Stories (10 min.)
- Presenters shares unique stories from their school highlighting global competence in action.
- Provide examples of initiatives focusing on intercultural development and skills; highlight the schools’ successes as well as challenges.

5. Let’s Practice (10 min)
- Carousel of assessment tools provided as a provocation for discussion
- A short exercise based on assessment tool to have participants work with partners to build understanding of each other

6. How will you Tell Your Stories? (5 min)
- Conclusion

7. Exit Ticket (5 min)
- I used to think, now I think (Padlet, QR Code)

Supporting research

- Global competency for an Inclusive World
- Global Competence Model -
- Culturual IQ -
- Intercultural Development Inventory -
- IB International Mindedness -
- What does it mean to be Globally Competent?
- Got Global Competency? -

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Sandra Chow, Keystone Academy
Dr. Kelly Grogan, Lamar University
ISTE Certified Educator

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