East Tennessee Global Education Network
Thanks to a generous grant from Einhorn Family Charitable Trust and support from the East Tennessee Community Foundation, World Savvy is working with partners to establish the East Tennessee Global Education Network. This network, which includes University of Tennessee Knoxville, Pellissippi State Community College, and five K-12 partner schools in East TN, will bolster students’ 21st century skills and global competence by building teacher and institutional capacity. The goal is to develop and sustain inclusive, adaptive learning environments where all students can thrive in an interconnected, global workforce and society.
From an economic standpoint, educating for global competence is essential. More than ever, companies are tied to a global economy that is increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Critical thinking, problem solving, flexibility, adaptability, comfort with ambiguity, and collaboration are desired skills in a business environment that is increasingly characterized by change. East Tennessee needs employees, community leaders, and citizens who can anticipate change, adapt to change, and lead through change within a global context. Building these skills today is how we will help students, communities, and our country succeed in the future.
We’ll be ready to announce our K-12 partner schools in the upcoming weeks, and share more about professional development institutes we’re planning in the area.
In February, The New York Times reporter David Bornstein profiled World Savvy and the increasing need for global competence. You can read the article here. The story has been hugely helpful in drawing new audiences to our work, and we’ll continue to use it to build excitement and support for World Savvy.
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Spotlight On: World Savvy at TEDx
World Savvy founder Dana Mortenson explores how teaching and learning in the U.S. is changing, or should change, in our rapidly evolving, interconnected global society.
Congratulations Dana! Dana received the 2014 Jane Bagley Lehman Award from the Tides Foundation for World Savvy’s contributions to education reform and excellence in public advocacy. The award recognizes individuals who have exhibited a deep commitment to the public interest and whose work demonstrates innovative approaches to social change. The Foundation called Dana a "social entrepreneur and champion for education reform who is preparing students to thrive as global citizens in the 21st century through her dedication to making global competence education a foundational part of teaching and learning in the United States."
World Savvy in the News
How to Help Teachers Build a Globally Competent Teaching Practice - Dana Mortenson for Education Week
Why 'World Savvy' Education Will Better Prepare Students And Make The U.S. More Competitive. Ashoka, Forbes, March 2014
This Fall, Minorities Will Outnumber White Students in U.S. Schools. Jeanne Kim, The Atlantic, August 2014.
How to Teach for the Global Innovation Age. Anthony Jackson, EdWeek, March 2014
Being Savvy about Global Competence. Craig Perrier, June 2014
Educating Global Problem Solvers. Zoe Weil, Edutopia, June 2014