“We need students who are knowledgeable about the world and who have an understanding of how other cultures work and how other people think.”
Tony Evers, PhD, Wisconsin State Superintendent
The terms international and global education do not mean the same, even though they are often used interchangeably. Strictly speaking, international education builds bridges between two or more countries and engages in bi- or multilateral relations. Global education, on the other hand, investigates issues in a global context to reflect the complex web of social, economic, or scientific issues that transcend national boundaries.
The DPI supports international education by engaging in several partnerships with other countries or regions in the world. These partnerships build platforms for school-to-school activities and the opportunity for Wisconsin educators, students and families to meet and learn with their peers in different parts of the world. Such personal relationships are often the basis for elements of global education.
Global education in Wisconsin is based on the definition of global competence in a publication of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in collaboration with the Asia Society:
Global competence is the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. Globally competent individuals are aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works.
The Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC) supports education for global competence with a designation of Wisconsin Global Scholar. Global scholars are students who have successfully completed the requirements in this program. School district adoption of the GEAC is voluntary but must be approved by the DPI.