Category Archives: global competence

The Icing on the Cake? Or the Cake?

Earlier this year, during a webinar I facilitated with the NEA Foundation on how to gain buy-in for global learning with outstanding teachers from across the U.S., one very engaged educator cited (with frustration) the push back she’s getting from colleagues. She’s hearing that global and cultural competence seem like “the icing on the cake, but…

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Notre Dame Academy – growing globally!

It’s been great working with Notre Dame Academy’s Center for Global Leadership as an adviser to their growing program; I’ve really enjoyed getting to know their staff, students and parent community. The collaboration between diverse interests at this all-girls school to advance global competence serves as a great model for how schools with even a modest…

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Global Education Is Patriotic. Nationalist Rhetoric Does Not Benefit Our Students

(Author’s note: President Trump recently railed against “globalism” and proudly labeled himself to be a “nationalist”. This concerned me greatly, particularly as I thought about courageous educators with whom I’m working across all 50 states: How do you continue developing thoughtful, empathetic global citizens in your classroom when the leader of the United States seems to…

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Fall 2018 Updates

If I’ve spoken with you in the past 6+ months, you may know that I am deep in two major themes/projects: At the intersection of global competence/citizenship and diversity, equity, inclusion. Events like the white supremacist rally one year ago in Charlottesville spurred my focus to greater intensity, and having the honor of attending the opening of…

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Some Quiet Lessons Behind the Courage of Today’s Youth Leaders

A few weeks ago I had the honor of keynoting at the United Nations General Assembly to international educators about global citizen leaders. In that talk I shared Nick Kristof’s recent observation: “The person in Davos who I thought exhibited the most leadership was Malala Yousefzai …When the most mature leader around may be a…

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Lessons from Netflix & The Little Prince

Netflix has a “culture” document that’s achieved great notoriety from diverse organizations and has even spawned a new book, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, published this week. Its core elements, might be summarized as “Radical Honesty.” Lately, I’ve been thinking and speaking about “Radical Hospitality,” where opening our kitchen table or other safe…

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