International Studies Schools Network
Building Capacity for Educators
About the ISSN
Community Catalyst Partners’ approach to building capacity for educators is through its International Studies Schools Network (ISSN). The ISSN approach is centered on the four domains of Global Competence that invite students to investigate the world around them, share perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action at the local and global level. The ISSN work contributes toward solving one of the most complex issues facing educators today: how to prepare all students for employability and citizenship in a global era.
Member schools in the ISSN advance achievement and the development of global competence by integrating learning across the curriculum through a unique combination of professional development, globally focused curriculum tools, project-based learning, and authentic assessment. Evaluation data show that ISSN schools have higher graduation rates than in other schools with similar profiles and perform as well or better than matched schools on state standardized achievement tests in roughly two-thirds of such comparisons.
Globally competent students have the knowledge and skills to:
Investigate the World
Globally competent students are aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works.
Globally competent students recognize that they have a particular perspective, and that others may or may not share it.
Globally competent students can effectively communicate, verbally and non-verbally, with diverse audiences.
Globally competent students have the skills and knowledge to not just learn about the world, but also to make a difference in the world.
In every ISSN school, CCP develops a customized strategy in collaboration with school leaders through a combination of the following options:
Teaching and Learning Resources.
Curriculum, instruction, and assessment resources that educators can use to integrate global competence across subject areas and age levels.
Consulting and Workshops.
Intensive professional development workshops and targeted customized coaching provide multiple opportunities to apply and refine new concepts.
Online Community of Practice.
An online professional community with collaborative tools and discussions about events, experiences, and ideas.
Network Learning Series.
Regular gatherings of district, school and student leaders designed to build their capacity to lead, learn and sustain an effective globally focused school or program.
A whole-school site review process that provides feedback on implementation of the Global School Design model.
Powering Sustainable Innovation through a Holistic Approach
Communities utilizing CCP’s Convening Communities and Strengthening Schools approaches in tandem are uniquely positioned to create a sustainable pathway to economic well-being fueled by a pipeline of well-educated locally rooted, globally prepared youth. It is a path for communities to remake their future in ways the strongest communities have always done – working together for the common good.