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Teacher Knowledge
ELEMENT Nascent Beginning Progressing Proficient Advanced
5. Experiential understanding of multiple cultures I have not yet reflected on my own cultural values and norms. I have not yet considered experiencing other cultures. I am aware of my own cultural practices, values, and norms in relation to other cultures. I am interested in experiencing other cultures. I understand differences in practices, values, and norms across cultures. I understand that multiple perspectives exist within and across cultures. I seek opportunities to experience other cultures. I demonstrate knowledge of various cultures through cultural immersion experiences (e.g., study abroad and local immersion). I reflect upon the immersion experience in relation to my own cultural constructs, perspectives, and educational practices. I critically relate multiple cultural immersion experiences to each other and to my own perspectives and practices. I modify my educational practices and/or advocate for changing educational policies and practices based upon immersion experiences and understanding of multiple perspectives.

Source: The Globally Competent Teaching Continuum was originally developed in 2014 by J. M. Cain, J. Glazier, H. Parkhouse, and A. Tichnor-Wagner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

ASCD Resources

Books

West Meets East: Best Practices from Expert Teachers in the U.S. and China
Managing Diverse Classrooms
Educating Everybody's Children: Diverse Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition

Articles

Use Cognitive Apprenticeship for Culturally, Responsive, Effective Feedback, ASCD Express
The Culture-Friendly School, Educational Leadership
The Land of the Rising Sun, Educational Leadership
A Learning Journey Around the World, Educational Leadership
At Home and Away, Educational Leadership
The Difference a Global Educator Can Make, Educational Leadership (PDF)
Around the World and Forever Changed, ASCD Inservice blog post


Beginning

Classroom demo videos

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icon Culture/Author Study (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 1
Subject: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Description: Students explore authors, their cultures, and their sources of inspiration.

Classroom resources

icon 7 Billion Others
Suggested grade level: 6 - 12
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: This website has testimonials from people around the world sharing stories about their country, culture, triumphs, and struggles.
icon Peace Corps World Wise Schools
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: Social Studies, English Language Arts
Cost: Free
Description: Website with school resources, including lesson plans, classroom correspondents, speakers, and publications, based on experiences learned from the Peace Corps. K–12 students will be enriched with the dynamic cross-cultural materials, literature, videos, lessons, ideas, and services provided free by the World Wise Schools program.
icon International Children’s Digital Library
Suggested grade level: K - 5
Subject: English Language Arts
Cost: Free
Description: Teachers and students can access scanned copies of international books, in English and other languages.

Professional development

icon American Homestay Network
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free (host families are paid $800+ to host)
Description: Educators can host international students, which promotes cross-cultural exchange.

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Progressing

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icon Rain Forests (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 1
Subject: English as a Second Language, Social Studies, English Language Arts
Description: Students explore how their actions impact the rain forest.

Classroom resources

icon Peace Corps World Wise Schools
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: Social Studies, English Language Arts
Cost: Free
Description: Website with school resources, including lesson plans, classroom correspondents, speakers, and publications, based on experiences learned from the Peace Corps. K–12 students will be enriched with the dynamic cross-cultural materials, literature, videos, lessons, ideas, and services provided free by the World Wise Schools program.

Professional development

icon International Exchange Programs for Teachers
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Varies.
Description: This website lists 13 opportunities for teachers to travel abroad through the U.S. State Department. Teachers can browse through and apply to these opportunities to gain immersion experience in another country.
icon American Homestay Network
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free (host families are paid $800+ to host)
Description: Educators can host international students, which promotes cross-cultural exchange.
icon International Children’s Digital Library
Suggested grade level: K - 5
Subject: English Language Arts
Cost: Free
Description: Teachers and students can access scanned copies of international books, in English and other languages.
icon IREX abroad opportunities
Suggested grade level: 9 - 12
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Travel/study/teach abroad opportunities for teachers and students allows teachers and students to share their experiences abroad, and develop partnerships with other schools, organizations or teachers.

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Proficient

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Professional development

icon International Exchange Programs for Teachers
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Varies.
Description: This website lists 13 opportunities for teachers to travel abroad through the U.S. State Department. Teachers can browse through and apply to these opportunities to gain immersion experience in another country.
icon IREX abroad opportunities
Suggested grade level: 9 - 12
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Travel/study/teach abroad opportunities for teachers and students allows teachers and students to share their experiences abroad, and develop partnerships with other schools, organizations or teachers.

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Advanced

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icon Spanish-speaking Countries(PDF)
Suggested grade level: 10 - 12
Subject: Spanish for Heritage Speakers
Description: Students compare and contrast a variety of Spanish-speaking countries.

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