Founding Partners

A Unique Collaboration to Address an Important 21st-Century Need.

Leading experts in global competence education formed a unique collaboration to develop the Global Competence Certificate program with the goal of increasing the number of K-12 educators who can teach for global competence and support the development of young people to be globally informed, active citizens.

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Teachers College – Columbia University is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the country, renowned for promoting policies and collaborations that remove barriers to learning. Teachers College sees its leadership role as a major player in policy-making to ensure that schools are reformed and restructured to welcome all students regardless of their socio-economic circumstances and in preparing educators who not only serve students directly but coordinate the educational, psychological, behavioral, technological, and health initiatives to remove barriers to learning at all ages.Areas of Work:

  • Engage in research on the central issues facing education
  • Prepare the next generation of education leaders
  • Educate the current generation of leaders in practice and policy to meet the challenges they face
  • Shape the public debate and public policy in education
  • Improve practice in educational institutions
World Savvy prepares students with 21st-century knowledge, skills, and dispositions for success in today’s interconnected world, by providing the highest level of global competence programs and professional development services to educators and schools nationwide. World Savvy K-12 Education Programs:

Professional Development for Educators: World Savvy offers signature workshops, institutes and webinars, focused on building content and skills, and integrating global competence learning and teaching into K-12 classrooms.

World Savvy Classrooms: Students are engaged in the study of a global theme, development of original art and projects to showcase their knowledge, and guided with conversion of their knowledge into action. World Savvy Classrooms transforms the way educators teach and students learn for the 21st century.

International Exchange: World Savvy provides fully-funded youth exchange opportunities both within and outside the United States for middle and high schools.

Asia Society, a global nonprofit, is the leading organization working to ensure that all students graduate college and career ready and globally competent by providing thought leadership, stimulating changes in policy and practice, and advancing an educational response to globalization. The Partnership for Global Learning connects state and district decision makers, school leaders, teachers, university faculty, and other stakeholders to ensure a rising generation will be ready for college and the interconnected world beyond.
Asia Society – Education and Leadership Programs: Advancing Transformative Models: Spread effective school and out of school models that promote knowledge of Asia and global competence. Making Mandarin Mainstream: Catalyze exponential growth in the number and quality of Chinese language programs and connections to China.  One-quarter of all Chinese language teachers in the US are trained by the Asia Society. Cultivating Innovation at Scale: Convene the premier education leaders in the US and Asia to spark innovation that promotes global competence for millions.Connecting Young Leaders:  Network emerging Asia-Pacific leaders to develop global competence and change the world.

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