Connection to PGL
Curriculum developed under the Partnership for Global Learning is centered on innovative theories and practices of teaching and learning. Every unit of China and Globalization provides a framework for teaching for global competence. Globally competent students are able to perform the following four competencies:
- Investigate the world beyond their immediate environment, framing significant problems and conducting well-crafted and age-appropriate research.
- Recognize perspectives, others’ and their own, articulating and explaining such perspectives thoughtfully and respectfully.
- Communicate ideas effectively with diverse audiences, bridging geographic, linguistic, ideological, and cultural barriers.
- Take action to improve conditions, viewing themselves as players in the world and participating reflectively.
This definition has been vetted extensively by experts in the field of education and by those who are thought to exhibit the characteristics of global competence. PGL seeks to ensure that what we are teaching is in fact what students will need to know, working with those who apply these outcomes in their lives now. While it is important to examine the four capacities above individually, global competence is best seen as an integrated outlook on the world — not a collection of independent skills.