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.

Beginning

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

1st Grade Social Studies/English Language Arts: Culture

Lesson Plan

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

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.

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.

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

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

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Videos

1st Grade ESL: Rainforests

1st Grade: Teacher Reflect on Travel

Lesson Plan

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 Resource

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

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.

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.

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.

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

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Videos

Middle School Math: Perimeter and Area

High School English Language Arts: Sharing Teaching Experience in India

Professional development

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.

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

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

High School Spanish for Native Speakers

Lesson Plan

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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