Global Awareness - Required 21st Century Skill
- Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues
- Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts
- Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages
Additional resources on global awareness.
North Carolina in the World is a statewide collaborative effort to strengthen K-12 international education. At the request of Governor Mike Easley, the University of North Carolina's Center for International Understanding coordinates the effort. More than 100 North Carolina education, policy and business leaders are involved to help prepare students to thrive in the global marketplace of the 21st century.
2. Asia Society
The Asia Society is an international organization dedicated to strengthening relationships and deepening understanding among the peoples of Asia and the United States.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction takes a leadership role in its work with students, teachers, school districts, administrators, parents and business and community leaders to develop global literacy for Wisconsin students. As part of this effort, the state has created the Statewide International Education Council (link above.)
Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators. By introducing global content, Primary Source shapes the way teachers and students learn, so that their knowledge is deeper and their thinking is flexible and open to inquiry.
Idaho has formed a task force to improve global awareness among students.
Engauge's website defines global awareness as the recognition and understanding of interrelationships among international organizations, nation-states, public and private economic entities, sociocultural groups, and individuals across the globe.
Dickinson State University, located in rural western North Dakota, implemented a Global Awareness Initiative in late 2001 and has become the conduit for connecting students, citizens, businesses and institutions in a collaborative effort to understand global issues.
The VISION of iEARN-USA is that people engage in respectful dialogue and collaborative action to meet challenges of our world.
Brown University 's Institute for International Studies evolved from Thomas J. Watson Jr.'s (class of 1937) vision for a research and teaching center that would address the most pressing problems of its time. The Watson Institute's mission and scope today include support of multidisciplinary research, teaching, and public education on international affairs. The Institute promotes the work of students, faculty, visiting scholars, and policy practitioners who analyze and develop initiatives to address contemporary global problems.
Reprinted with the permission of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. © 2004 Partnership for 21st Century Skills.
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