“Global Citizenship Education aims to empower learners to assume active roles to face and resolve global challenges and to become proactive contributors to a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure world”. -UNESCO
Per Vermont Education Quality Standard 2120.5, “each school shall enable students to engage annually in rigorous, relevant and comprehensive learning opportunities that allows them to demonstrate proficiency in global citizenship (including the concepts of civics, economics, geography, world language, cultural studies and history)”.
In September 2017, the Vermont State Board of Education adopted the College, Career & Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. This K-12 framework is national in scope and allows for relevant content and instructional practices to be selected and developed by supervisory unions/districts. The C3 shares the focus on inquiry with the former History and Social Sciences Grade Expectations, but adds an important dimension of applying knowledge and skills through informed action. With an abundance of information literally at their fingertips, students need to recognize problems, determine solutions, communicate options, and act responsibly. The K-12 C3 Framework focuses on four specific content disciplines- civics, economics, geography and history, while allowing students to exercise and strengthen transferable skills, such as clear and effective communication, creative and practical problem solving and responsible and informed citizenship. The knowledge and skills attained through a curriculum aligned with the C3 will help develop effective students, employees, leaders and citizens.
Sample C3-aligned proficiencies and Proficiency-based Graduation Requirements are posted under Global Citizenship on the Agency of Education’s Proficiency-based Graduation Requirements web page.
- What are the Guiding Principles? Why do We Need the C3 Framework?
- The Inquiry Design Model
- C3 Resources from the C3 Literacy Collaborative
- National Council for the Social Studies
Foreign language study can open the door to opportunity and provide a competitive edge in our global economy. While enhancing marketable skills, it also provides an occasion to expand one’s viewpoint and gain an increased appreciation of other cultures, as well as our own.
The Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities were created in conjunction with Grade Expectations to improve student learning. The Grade Expectations for Vermont World Language standards are still relevant.
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
Email Martha Deiss, or call (802) 479-1487.