Nominees must demonstrate how they excel in teaching social studies for global understanding in the criteria listed below:
- Includes several elements of global education, such as global interdependence, multiple perspectives, global systems, cultural universals and cultural differences, perspective consciousness, global issues, global history, local/global connections, appreciation of diverse cultures within the local community, nation, utilizes scholarship from organizations or academics located outside of the United States or is international/transnational in their scope, and world, as well as any other recommendations listed on the NCSS Position Statement defining Global Education,
- Infuses primary and secondary sources (websites, documents, media, literature, people, etc.,) from other world regions into instruction to counter stereotypes, exotica, misinformation, or lack of knowledge.
- Makes use of current scholarship from history, the social sciences, or other appropriate fields so that students learn up to date information on historical scholarship and/or cultural, political, economic, technological, or environmental changes across the planet.
- Facilitates students' cross-cultural experiences that allow them to meet and work together with people of different backgrounds, increase their intercultural skills, and develop appreciation and interest in diverse cultures.
- Develops curricula and assessments and uses technology in ways that integrate world-mindedness with active learning, a spirit of inquiry, and the development of critical thinking skills.
- Professionally involved in global education through activities such as sharing expertise in workshops or professional meetings, political action, research, global education projects in the local community or state, online projects, curriculum development committees, publications, association activities, etc.
- Uses NCSS Standards and C3 Framework concepts