Leading for Global Competency

It’s been said that when you train one teacher, hundreds of students are educated. Teachers are the great multipliers. They know students need strong academic foundations and intercultural competencies, as well as collaborative, communicative and problem solving abilities to effectively engage in our democracy and compete in our global economy. Likewise, students look to their teachers for knowledge about a world that may not yet be a part of their own experience.

The Council began its teacher outreach in 2005 with workshops focused on various global regions and issues. In 2012, The Council participated in the World Affairs Councils of America overseas enrichment program, Spotlight on Turkey. The program integrated a teacher workshop, a two-week study tour to Turkey and a public cultural event.

Local and Global Elements

In evaluating its previous program offerings and critical teacher feedback, the Council recognized the need for a Northeast Florida-tailored program that will enable area middle and high school teachers annually to travel, interact, and connect on a local and global scale.

Four critical elements have been identified in other successful teacher offerings and will be included in the new program:

  • High impact, measurable international experience: Teachers will participate in a variety of relevant in-country visits, including cultural sights, conversations with educators and government officials, and appointments with businesses leaders
  • Content provided in a variety of ways: Teacher experiences, augmented with technology, media, and community engagement, will bring a new level of excitement, relevance, and lasting impact to the classroom
  • Tailored global lesson plans: Teachers will create classroom content and projects with relevance to current global issues and the Northeast Florida business and trade community
  • Cross-nationally connect participants: Teachers and students will use communication and collaboration technologies during the program

“My involvement with the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville has been the most beneficial resource for me as an educator. Along with the documentable knowledge, I have created professional bonds with teachers of various subject areas and other school districts." - Ethan Dombkowski, Great Decisions Teacher at Yulee High School & Spotlight on Turkey participant