Leadership magazine May/June 2015 V 44 No 5 - Page 20

Critical thinking in a global society By integrating a global perspective into the implementation of CCSS, this district has helped students better understand the world in which they will work. T he Common Core State Standards were developed to ensure all students are prepared to succeed in college, career and life. It is almost certain that today’s students will be collaborating at various levels with those in other countries, but many students currently don’t have the means to venture beyond their neighborhoods or local communities. Their reality is not connected to a world outside the boundaries in which they live. For the nation to stay competitive and prosper, students not only have to be able to problem-solve, think critically and creatively and work collaboratively, but also need an understanding of other countries. It is important that international awareness and global competence are addressed and integrated into lesson planning through experiential learning opportunities. As the new standards are implemented, it is imperative that education leaders understand the value of the relationship that the Common Core Anchor Standards of College and Career Readiness (CCAS/CCR) have to the complex national economy. Broadening students’ understanding of the world in which they will live and work is a necessary part of their learning within the context of CCSS. It will truly prepare them for a world that is shrinking as new 20 Leadership technology benefits systems that have a presence in international communities and marketplaces. One extraordinary example of integrating a global perspective in the implementation of the CCAS/CCR by district, school site and governing board leadership is in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. The Digital Design and Engineering Academy, located at William “Pete” Knight High School in Palmdale, is one of the many programs within the district that has infused college and career ready prospects for all students. Integrating innovative instruction and quality career tech ed Since its inception, the Digital Design and Engineering Academy, a California Partnership Academy, has integrated innovative instructional practices within the context of a quality career technical education program. It has enlisted the tenets of linked learning: rigorous and high-level technical and academic coursework, workbased learning and support services within its structure. This has allowed the academy to offer opportunities to engage all students By Elizabeth McKinstry