In order for boards to govern effectively, they must be knowledgeable about the landscape in which independent schools operate – including the educational landscape. Many independent schools are engaging in conversations about the future of education, including the question of how best to prepare students for a complex, interconnected, and often volatile world. Researchers and educators are turning to new research around global competencies – the knowledge, skills, and dispositions students need to thrive and contribute as ethical global citizens. As schools consider ways to increase student development of these skills through various learning experiences and initiatives, from connecting students with global partners to engaging students with local issues of global significance, board members can support the school’s strategic thinking and innovation by staying current on the emerging research on the future of teaching and learning in today’s world.
Executive Director, Global Education Benchmark Group
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University
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