in Washington state has a dual meaning. First, International Education seeks to integrate global perspectives in a variety of academic disciplines that include Social Studies (civics, history, geography, and economics) Environmental and Sustainability Education and World Languages.
Second, the International Education Office coordinates multiple exchange and visiting teacher programs. While OSPI provides resources and information for student exchange, OSPI does not directly sponsor or facilitate student exchange.
The exchange of people – both students and teachers – is one of the most powerful tools for shaping global perspectives and building the skills for navigating and contributing to today’s interconnected world. The following links provide resources to help answers to questions regarding both student and teacher exchange.
International Education is often referred to as global competence, which provides students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to understand and prosper in today’s interconnected world. It spans many disciplines and can take place anywhere in the world. The ability to think globally and achieve global competency are further defined in the Washington’s Social Studies Standards and Assessments.
To learn more, read the CCSSO and Asia Society publication:
Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World.
China: OSPI Partners on Confucius Institute of the State of Washington
OSPI supports the expansion and enhancement of programs for Chinese language and culture throughout the state.
France: OSPI Partners With the Académie de Nantes in France
OSPI has signed a formal agreement with the Académie de Nantes in France to
support intercultural understanding and appreciation of the French and American
cultures and languages.
Spain: OSPI Partners with the Kingdom of Spain
The Spanish Center is made possible through an existing agreement between the state of Washington and the kingdom of Spain. The Spanish Center supervises and implements several K-12 education programs that aim to further the understanding of the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture, including a visiting teacher program.
OSPI partners with Global Washington on the Global Education Initiative designed to prepare Washington State students to enter the professional world as knowledgeable and competent global citizens.