Teacher Skills
ELEMENT Nascent Beginning Progressing Proficient Advanced
8. Create a classroom environment that values diversity and global engagement

I do not yet consider global issues or diverse perspectives and cultures in my classroom. I discuss global engagement and valuing of diverse perspectives and cultures in my classroom. I engage students in learning about other cultures by emphasizing the relevance of global issues to students? lives. I teach my students to respect diverse perspectives and cultures. My classroom contains resources that represent multiple global perspectives. I teach my students to respect and learn from diverse perspectives and cultures. I provide opportunities for students to collaboratively discuss global issues. I consistently encourage students to use resources in my classroom for global learning. I help my students develop a concern for global issues, an interest in learning more about diverse cultures, and a desire to take action.

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 Teacher Reflection

Classroom Resources

Asia Society: Children’s Literature Builds Global Competence
Suggested grade level: K–5
Subject: English Language Arts
Cost: Free
Description: Provides lists of children’s books and guiding questions to help students develop global perspectives.

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Resources help educators teach about culture through various subject areas. The website includes online exhibits, downloadable lesson plans, videos, publications, and much more.

Out of Eden Learn
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Out of Eden Learn is an online learning community designed to accompany Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk. Students “explore their own neighborhoods, investigate contemporary global issues, and reflect on how they as individuals fit into a broader geographical and historical context”. Participating students can share their perspectives and interact with one another as they follow along with the journey.

Teaching Tolerance
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Teaching Tolerance is an organization that offers curricular materials to help educators teach about diversity in the classroom, the community, and the world in order to reduce and eliminate prejudices and injustice among populations of people.

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Progressing

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

1st Grade ESL: Rainforests

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 Resources

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events
Suggested grade level: Secondary
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that’s always relevant: daily news. This is a great way for students to gain knowledge about the world around them.

Asia Society: Children’s Literature Builds Global Competence
Suggested grade level: K–5
Subject: English Language Arts
Cost: Free
Description: Provides lists of children’s books and guiding questions to help students develop global perspectives.

CNN Student News
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Cost: Free
Description: 10-minute clip of daily news around the world geared for students. Includes weekly news quiz, a media literacy question of the day, and a transcript of the news show.

Around the World with Multimedia
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Slideshows and multimedia collections of different countries around the world, with lesson plans.

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Resources help educators teach about culture through various subject areas. The website includes online exhibits, downloadable lesson plans, videos, publications, and much more.

Teach UNICEF
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of global education units, lesson plans, stories, videos and multimedia covering a variety of global issues and topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to poverty and water and sanitation.

Out of Eden Learn
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Out of Eden Learn is an online learning community designed to accompany Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk. Students “explore their own neighborhoods, investigate contemporary global issues, and reflect on how they as individuals fit into a broader geographical and historical context”. Participating students can share their perspectives and interact with one another as they follow along with the journey.

Teaching Tolerance
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Teaching Tolerance is an organization that offers curricular materials to help educators teach about diversity in the classroom, the community, and the world in order to reduce and eliminate prejudices and injustice among populations of people.

Curriculum21 Global Partnership Resource Hub
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: The Global Competence Resource Hub provides links to projects, initiatives, books, and other classroom activities that engages students with the world.

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Proficient

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

High School English Language Arts: Current Events and Argumentative Essays

Lesson Plan

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

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events
Suggested grade level: Secondary
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that’s always relevant: daily news. This is a great way for students to gain knowledge about the world around them.

CNN Student News
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Cost: Free
Description: 10-minute clip of daily news around the world geared for students. Includes weekly news quiz, a media literacy question of the day, and a transcript of the news show.

Around the World with Multimedia
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Slideshows and multimedia collections of different countries around the world, with lesson plans.

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Resources help educators teach about culture through various subject areas. The website includes online exhibits, downloadable lesson plans, videos, publications, and much more.

Teach UNICEF
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of global education units, lesson plans, stories, videos and multimedia covering a variety of global issues and topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to poverty and water and sanitation .

Out of Eden Learn
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Out of Eden Learn is an online learning community designed to accompany Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk. Students “explore their own neighborhoods, investigate contemporary global issues, and reflect on how they as individuals fit into a broader geographical and historical context”. Participating students can share their perspectives and interact with one another as they follow along with the journey.

Teaching Tolerance
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Teaching Tolerance is an organization that offers curricular materials to help educators teach about diversity in the classroom, the community, and the world in order to reduce and eliminate prejudices and injustice among populations of people.

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Advanced

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Videos

Middle School English Language Arts: World Literature

1st Grade ESL: Rainforests

Lesson Plan

World Literature (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: English Language Arts, Social Studies
Description: Students explore how world literature acquaints them with world cultures.

Classroom Resource

Out of Eden Learn
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Out of Eden Learn is an online learning community designed to accompany Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk. Students “explore their own neighborhoods, investigate contemporary global issues, and reflect on how they as individuals fit into a broader geographical and historical context”. Participating students can share their perspectives and interact with one another as they follow along with the journey.

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