For nearly 20 years The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), has advocated for 21st century readiness for everyone. That suite of skills includes global competence, which has taken on paramount importance for success in career, college, and life. Through the Global Schools Network, P21 seeks to identify, document, promote and celebrate examples of 21st century learning initiatives that successfully prepare students for college, career and life with a focus on global competence, globally infused curriculum, and vibrant online and face-to-face exchanges.
The schools and programs that earn Global Schools Network designation enter a dedicated professional learning community focused on 21st century global learning, and their stories provide educators, policymakers, and communities a variety of models to draw from and be inspired by.
We strongly advise that all schools take the free pre-assessment before deciding to complete the full application. This is found here: https://p21global.org/self-assess.
The Global Schools Network evaluation process is thorough and designed to lift up global examples of successful practices and structures that yield 21st century global learning outcomes. The application will remain open year round, but we will do reviews four times per year: September, December, March, and June.
Each application is reviewed by GSN staff, advisory and steering committee members, and a peer group of existing GSN schools and programs. All schools, private, public, religious, are eligible to apply.
P21 uses a rubric to evaluate each application. Applicants that successfully demonstrate they have embedded advanced and exemplary 21st century global learning practices that improve student learning in classrooms and communities will receive admission to the network under three levels of program success: Developing, Sustaining, Model.
The GSN Evaluation Tool is based on the following criteria:
- Evidence of commitment to global competence, global awareness, and linguistic competence for all learners.
- Educational support systems and sustainable design focused on global competence.
- Engaged learning approaches, such as Project Based Learning.
- Equitable student access to globally focused learning.
- Evidence of student acquisition of 21st century knowledge and skills as well as global and linguistic competence.
- A sustained implementation of a global competency framework for teachers and students.
- Partnerships for sustainable success
Developing: If a school or program scores predominately in the “Developing” range then it enters the GSN with that status, with all rights and privileges. It can reapply within two years for higher level status. Each Developing program is assigned a mentor from the pool of GSN mentor programs.
Sustaining: If a school or program scores predominately in the “Sustaining” range then it enters the GSN with that status, with all rights and privileges. It can reapply within two years for higher level status. Each Sustaining program is assigned a mentor from the pool of GSN mentor programs and partnered with two other schools at this level.
Mentoring: If a school scores predominately in the “Mentor” range then it enters GSN with that status. Mentor status is for three years. Mentor GSN schools are required to provide support for other GSN schools and often participate in our global study tour program.
If you think your school is ready to apply visit https://p21globalschools.formstack.com/forms/gsn_application
The Global Schools Network is a community of schools committed to inclusive and equitable quality education for all with a focus on global awareness, global competence, cultural competence, and linguistic development.
To learn more visit https://p21global.org/.