Pearson Foundation Films Document Students Learning to Become Global Citizens
12 July 2011
The Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network teaches global competence in an effort to prepare students for college and careers
WASHINGTON, DC - July 12, 2011 - At the Asia Society's Partnership for Global Learning Annual Conference, the Pearson Foundation is highlighting the Asia Society's role in ensuring that every student graduates high school globally competent and college and career ready by releasing two new films on educational leadership and teacher quality. The films document the Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network and are meant to inform educators, administrators and policy makers about the value of global competence and how this concept is being implemented in the classroom.
Asia Society International Studies Schools Network provides an overview of the concepts and thinking that define the global competence which led to the creation of the International Studies Schools Network, a collection of small college preparatory schools. By interviewing educational leaders from a wide range of backgrounds, the Pearson Foundation is helping to describe the importance of the Asia Society's work in classrooms. The film features:
Tony Jackson, Vice President, Education, Asia Society
Mark Gerzon, Global Leadership, Meditation and Conflict Resolution Expert
Deborah Delisle, Former Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Executive Director, Curriculum Mapping Institute; President, Curriculum Designers Inc.
The second film, Denver Center for International Studies, is a documentary of an effective International Studies Schools Network school, a Denver Public Magnet School for students in grades 6 through 12. This highly successful school is dedicated to developing students' global competence and grants its graduates a Diploma of International Studies. The school has had a 100% graduation and college-going rate among seniors for four straight years.
In comparisons to demographically similar schools in the same school district, International Studies Schools Network schools outperformed comparison schools in 55 of 78 comparisons (70.5%). Across the network, the average graduation rate was 92%; of that, the college-going rate was 94%, of which more than 70% selected four-year colleges or universities.
"Global competence is the ability to adapt, live, and work well in the global economy and society," said Jackson. "It is the ability to investigate key questions using international resources. It's the ability to communicate ideas well across diverse audiences, and the capacity to recognize and weigh other perspectives."
"The results of the students at International Studies Schools Network schools are undeniable," said Mark Nieker, Pearson Foundation president. "The films share the benefits and lessons learned by teaching global competence. These youth are inspirational, and I look forward to seeing how they make a difference in the world."
Asia Society International Studies Schools Network and Denver Center for International Studies are available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/user/PearsonFdtn.
About Asia Society
Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States. The Asia Society seeks to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts and culture. The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning develops youth to be globally competent citizens, workers and leaders by equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed for success in an increasingly interconnected world.
About the Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation extends Pearson's (NYSE: PSO) commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic and business organizations to provide financial, organizational and publishing assistance across the globe. The Foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.
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