Teacher Knowledge
ELEMENT Nascent Beginning Progressing Proficient Advanced
3. Understanding of global conditions and current events

I do not yet have knowledge of world conditions and current events. I have a basic understanding of world geography. I have a basic understanding of current local and/or global events. I can articulate geographical, historical political, economic, social and/or cultural influences on current events. I can access multiple resources that portray current events. I seek out multiple sources to understand contrasting perspectives on an issue. I stay informed on current local and global issues. I regularly seek resources from varied perspectives and opportunities to stay informed on local and global issues. I think critically about the potential impact of current events on future conditions, both locally and globally.

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.

Beginning

ASCD Reading

Catching Up or Leading the Way, Chapter 7. What Knowledge Is of Most Worth in the Global and Digital Economy?

Classroom Demo Video

1st Grade Lesson: Senegal

Lesson Plan

Senegal (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 1
Subject: Social Studies
Description: Students learn about Senegal, Africa, through a Skype exchange.

Classroom Resources

The World Factbook
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: Social Studies
Cost: Free
Description: An interactive world map, extensive regional maps, and detailed profiles for every country, as well as country comparisons provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for every country.

National Geographic: My Wonderful World
Suggested grade level: K–12
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: This National Geographic website aims to help students work on their geography skills in all subjects. Includes links to additional global sites that educators can use, interactive maps, and fun games for kids.

World Atlas
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: This website provides facts and maps on the continents, countries, cities, and landforms of the world.

Google Earth
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Cost: Free
Description: Google Earth allows students to virtually tour the globe. You can also add annotations, text and images. When we are reading a piece of literature that is based in another country, you can use Google Earth by starting at your school address and traveling to the country we are reading about. Students love it!

CNN Student News
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Cost: Free
Description: A student based news program that covers issues on a more accessible level. It also has a daily curriculum to use with it.

Gapminder
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts
Cost: Free
Description: You can analyze and compare our society’s trends. It’s all about using facts to view the world. It keeps students thinking critically and staying informed with facts and numbers.

Worldmapper
Suggested grade level: K–12
Subject: Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts
Cost: Free
Description: Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.

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Progressing

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Videos

High School English Language Arts: Current Events

8th Grade Band: Latin American Music

Lesson Plans

Latin American Music Education (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 7
Subject: Band
Description: Students compare music education in different countries.

Current Events (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: English Language Arts
Description: Students explore how an awareness of current events can help them write stronger argumentative essays.

Classroom Resources

Carbon World Map
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: Science, Social Studies
Cost: Free
Description: This interactive world map shows carbon emissions, consumption, vulnerability, population, sea-level rise risk, etc., in addition to revealing relative conditions of all countries along dimensions of both responsibility and vulnerability regarding carbon emissions.

Time for Kids
Suggested grade level: K–6
Subject: Social Studies, English Language Arts
Cost: Partially free online. $4.01 - 4.46 per magazine issue
Description: Eight-page magazine and companion website celebrates the culture, people, landmarks and geography of places around the world through photographs, maps, diagrams, charts, folktales, language and activities. It provides information about geography, culture, people, language and environment about different countries throughout the world. You can take a “virtual tour” through different countries online

CNN Student News
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Cost: Free
Description: A student based news program that covers issues on a more accessible level. It also has a daily curriculum to use with it.

Eye Witness to History
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: Social Studies
Cost: Free
Description: This website provides primary sources and accounts of historical events from multiple perspectives. Students can connect to how history actually happened, and use these accounts for analyzing and connections.

Mapmaker Interactive
Suggested grade level:6–12
Subject: Social Studies, Geography
Cost: Free
Description: Teachers and students can print and build maps that are related to lessons. Students can make connections to landforms and other features of geographic locations that may affect populations.

Gapminder
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts
Cost: Free
Description: You can analyze and compare our society’s trends. It’s all about using facts to view the world. It keeps students thinking critically and staying informed with facts and numbers.

Newsela
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: This news outlet provides non-fiction and news articles for students at a number of different reading levels.

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Proficient

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

6th Grade English Language Arts: Connotations and Denotations

Lesson Plan

Connotative and Denotative Words (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 6–8
Subject: English Language Arts
Description: Students learn to distinguish between connotations and denotations.

Professional Development

Eye Witness to History
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: Social Studies
Cost: Free
Description: This website provides primary sources and accounts of historical events from multiple perspectives. Students can connect to how history actually happened, and use these accounts for analyzing and connections.

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Advanced

ASCD Reading

Shaping Global Classrooms, Educational Leadership

Classroom Demo Video

7th Grade Social Studies: Hypothetical Global Conflicts

Lesson Plan

Hypothetical Global Conflicts (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: Social Studies
Description: Students explore how conflict can lead to peace and the ways that the world is interconnected.

Classroom Resource

100 People: A Global Education Toolbox
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: Social Studies, Science
Cost: Free
Description: A website that breaks down the worlds population to show what it would be like if the world was only 100 people. It also has a lot of short videos that deal with global issues and has some lesson plans.

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