Four Ways to Boost your Global Competence This Summer, and Inspire Your Students in the Fall

Regular school-year classes have ended, and summer is finally here. As you refresh, look for ways to learn about the world, and seek inspiration for the fall, consider these ideas, shared by professors and participants in the Global Competence Certificate program…

Read a book…
In preparation for the Global Competence Certificate fieldwork trip to Ecuador this summer, participants recently read “The Queen of Water” by Laura Resau & Maria Virginia Farinango. This moving story of an indigenous girl taken from her village in the Ecuadorian highlands at age 7 to be a servant in a mestizo couple’s home is based on a true story. The book touches on issues of poverty, child labor, identity, and ultimately one young woman’s courage to pursue the life she wants for herself. Written for a young adult audience, any young-at-heart-adult reader will appreciate it as well—a great book to read together with older kids!

Watch a movie…
Babel (2006) stars Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett and tells four seemingly unrelated stories about people around the world who don’t appear to have anything in common. However, these stories converge in unexpected ways and the film shows how connected we really are. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, this film won several awards, including an Oscar for its score and a Golden Globe for best film. Participants in the Global Competence Certificate program’s Global Systems course watch and discuss this film to explore the course’s themes of global interconnectedness.

Play a game…
One of the current GCC participants, a 9th grade government teacher in Minnesota, recommends Cyber Nations, a free browser-based nation simulation game. Create a nation and decide how you will govern it. Invest in education, erect grand national monuments, trade with other nations, build peace or wage war—you get to decide! You will exercise your judgement and management skills while interacting with other players’ nations. The game provides an engaging way to learn more about the consequences of our actions and how we are all interrelated, no matter what nation we call home.

Apply to the Global Competence Certificate program…
Looking for a way to elevate your role as a global education leader? Apply to the GCC program and join other educators who are passionate about preparing youth to thrive in a global 21st century!

Enjoy your summer!

Published on by Mattie Vukmir.