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Pop Up Design Challenge in Knoxville, TN

On April 4th, 100 middle and high school students from Knoxville gathered for a pop up design challenge at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. The wonderful folks at WVLT came by to cover the event and the students. Watch the coverage and read about what they wrote about the event here!

Special Announcement: Bush Foundation

Over the past couple years, World Savvy has begun creating an inclusive vision for rural areas of the country—places where demographic shifts have often challenged social cohesion, but where schools hold great promise to model inclusion as anchor institutions deeply rooted in the community.

We’re proud to announce our most recent step in this effort. We're thrilled to be one of the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation grantees, in partnership with Somali Community Resettlement Services. This grant will help us develop a blueprint for Somali inclusion in schools, and work with youth who are prepared to be changemakers in their communities in SE Minnesota. We're launching this work in Rochester, Faribault, and the broader SE Minnesota region.

Dana Featured on PBS’ Online Program, “Brief But Spectacular.”

Dana had the privilege of being one of the many influential guests featured on PBS’ online program. Watch Dana gives her “Brief but Spectacular” take on being a savvy global citizen.

Dana Mortenson, CEO and Co-Founder, Presenting at SXSW EDU 2018!

Dana has been accepted to present at SXSW EDU 2018 on March 5, 2018 in Austin, TX. Her presentation, "Localizing Global Ed to Strengthen Communities" will examine the 'localization' of global learning and strengthening communities. More information can be found here.

Register to be part of the four day conference (March 5-8).


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.

World Savvy in The New York Times

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. 


StarTribune Profiles World Savvy Festival Team from North High School

Students' project focuses on the impact of gentrification in North Minneapolis, the Bronx, and in Nairobi. 

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."

Global Education

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