Global Course Requirements
It is recognized that Wisconsin districts differ in curriculum and specific course offerings. The following list is presented to provide guidance to individual districts in developing their specific policies.
At least 4 credits of coursework with a global focus are required. They may include courses on:
- International economics, business, or marketing
- International or foreign affairs
- World/non-U.S. history
- World geography
- Comparative cultures, religions
- Science, technology courses with global application/perspective
- Second world language (at least 1 year)
- Literature of another country, region, or culture
- Music, drama, and visual arts with international perspective
The links below provide access to frameworks, rubrics and performance outcomes as developed by the Asia Society. We will add exemplary Wisconsin school based examples when they become available.
World Language Requirements
Wisconsin Global Scholars are expected to communicate in at least one language other than English. Four years of language study (4 credits) are considered the minimal learning sequence to reach that goal. Therefore, the required four credits need to be earned in one language. Combinations of two languages, two years of Spanish plus two years of French, for example, are not acceptable.
Schools applying for the Global Education Achievement Certificate Program must offer a high school sequence (four years) of world language classes taught by a licensed teacher. Distance and online learning options may be accepted for program approval for a fourth year of world language learning should a school not be able to offer this opportunity in-house.
The best possible requirement would be a proficency based measure instead of awarding credit for seat time. Future discussions and possible changes to the requirements for the Global Education Achievement Certificate will revolve around specific proficiency levels that can be reasonably expected of high school graduates.
Each student seeking this certificate shall complete independent reviews/reflections on at least eight (8) works of international/cultural media, including at least four books (fiction and non-fiction). Other international/cultural media may include films, music, and art exhibitions. Students may elect to read books from a recommended reading list or other works (including newer released) with prior approval at the district level. Reading lists should be handled flexibly and respond to student suggestions.
Each school and/or school district may determine criteria for reviews and reflections and how these student works will be evaluated. It is important that student work in this area follows the same requirements of depth of knowledge as any other writing or creative assignment in writing, the arts, video producation etc.
Leah Luke-Lechleiter at Mauston High School has reviewed many student reflections and sent an encouraging message to her colleagues and students. Read her comments on the quality and value of student reflections here.
Examples of student work will be posted on this site when they become available. We recommend visiting the web pages of the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities' Great World Texts for inspiration and examples of student work. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate in the Center's programs.
The Cooperative Children's Book Center offers wonderful bibliographies for global literature by world region. Teachers and students will find a wide selection of books for student independent study and reflection. Note that most of the books are for younger students. Remember that global education should begin much earlier than at the high school level.
The following are simply lists of books students might consider reading for their independent studies requirement.
Top 100 world literature titles (from a group called Perfection Learning)
World Literature That High School Students Actually Want to Read
From a teacher who noticed what her students were most drawn to in her World Literature course. Most titles will be for grades 9-10.
Goodreads Global Literature Search
From Goodreads, a popular site for reader recommendations and reviews.
Global Community Service
Each student shall complete a global/cross-cultural public service project, involving at least twenty (20) hours of work, connected to a global community (different from his/her own) or to a global issue. This project may include raising awareness about a global issue, fundraising for a international nonprofit service agency/organization, working on an international project with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Rotary, or another Service Club, tutoring a child who is an English language learner, or volunteering with a cultural/linguistic group in the community.
Each student shall present a project proposal to a teacher or other staff member designated according to district/school policy prior to initiating the project and a summary report upon completion.
Note: This global service requirement should satisfy any other service requirement a school may have in place.
Co-Curricular and other School-Sponsored Activities
Each student seeking this certificate shall demonstrate interest in global citizenship through active participation and leadership in at least four (4) co-curricular and other school-sponsored or endorsed activities in grades 9-12. These may include participating in:
- International exchange program as exchange student and/or host
- Travel abroad program/educational tour
- Regular, direct engagement with individuals from other countries/cultures (e.g., pen pals, Skype)
- Language and other internationally focused clubs, honor societies
- Internationally themed programs/competitions for high school students (e.g., Model UN or DECA International competitions)
- International programs offered by colleges/universities (e.g., World Language Day, World Cinema Day, or language/region-specific programs)
- Language immersion programs (e.g., Concordia Language Villages)
- Organizing and running internationally themed events (e.g., International Fairs, Language Days)
- Lectures on international topics and/or speakers in the community or at a college/university
- Activities comparable to those listed above in collaboration with other individuals or organizations within the student's school and/or from other schools.