New Standards to Integrate Global Education into PK-12 Teaching Standards and Curriculum


NAFSA releases Global Preparation Lens for InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards used by teacher educator preparation programs


Rebecca Morgan, 202.495.2553,
Katie O'Connell, 202.495.2559,

WASHINGTON, December 1, 2015 – Today, NAFSA: Association of International Educators released the Global Preparation Lens for the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards. This tool brings a new global perspective to the standards and will allow teacher education faculty and preparation program providers to rethink and redesign their programs to meet the needs and expectations of students and teachers in today’s globalized world.

The Council of Chief State School Officers' (CCSSO) Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) 2011 Model Core Teaching Standards provide a cohesive, well-established set of standards that articulate a common core of teaching knowledge and skills that cut across all subject areas and grade levels. The standards intend to equip teachers with the resources necessary to ensure that all students reach the goal of being college and career ready.

“The Global Preparation Lens will allow educator preparation programs and professional development providers across the United States to develop the globally competent teaching that is needed to equip students with the skills to succeed in the 21st century,” said NAFSA Senior Programs Adviser Betty Soppelsa. “A globally competent teacher with knowledge of the world and the cultural backgrounds of learners can make the local impact of critical global issues resonate with students and foster high-performance and socially responsible action.”

The NAFSA Global Preparation Lens offers a new definition of global competence, highlights elements in the InTASC standards that speak directly to a global focus for teachers and learners, and includes additional phrases and concepts to articulate further elements of performances, knowledge and dispositions that contribute to global competence.

“The NAFSA Global Preparation Lens, through its coordination with the InTASC standards, will be invaluable to our members as they integrate a global perspective into their educator preparation curriculum,” said Sharon Robinson, CEO and President of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). “For members who are collaborating with education abroad, either in student teaching or as partners, this tool will assist them in internationalizing their program while supporting quality assurance.”

“The use of InTASC as a framework for applying a global lens creates an excellent resource for colleges of education and policy makers in considering how their teacher preparation programs can be intentionally globally minded,” said Jennifer Manise, Executive Director of the Longview Foundation. “It addresses an important aspect of teaching in the 21st century.”

For more information on NAFSA’s Global Preparation Lens for the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards, visit