Global CTE Toolkit

Asia Society

The Global Career and Technical Education (CTE) toolkit provides resources to help CTE instructors incorporate awareness of global issues and teach global skills.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Communication, Integration of Multiple Perspectives, Innovation, Empathy, Critical Thinking, Cultural Awareness/Diversity, Problem Solving, Collaboration


  • Sample projects ready to be used in CTE classrooms
  • Global career planning resources
  • Workforce readiness rubrics
  • Crosswalks aligning global education and CTE standards
  • Assessments
  • Global career profile videos
  • Mapping the Nation tool allows for an interactive look at America’s demographics, including language, economics, education, and employers with global markets and connections


  • Career Planning Curriculum includes five units: Community Demographics, Global Education, Creating a Global Infographic, Defining Global Competence at Work, Global Competencies, and Global Job Searches
  • Career Pathways resources range from agriculture and business administration to health sciences and information technology

Professional development

  • Online professional development courses for CTE instructors, “Global Competence Through Career and Technical Education” and “Career Readiness in a Global Economy: STEM and CTE,” available through ACTE’s (Association for Career and Technical Education’s) CTE Learn Community

Key Takeaways

  • In this context, “global competence” refers to knowledge and skills that transcend geographic borders and incorporate the customs, values, and priorities of industry partners around the world to enhance critical interdisciplinary thinking and employability at companies with international reach.
  • Activities and sample projects are designed for deeply immersive Project-Based Learning (PBL).
  • Toolkit explicitly ties the 16 career clusters to the four domains of global competence, demonstrating the clear alignment between global education and CTE.
  • Designed for CTE learners at the secondary education levels, the toolkit and curriculum are easily adaptable for intermediate and advanced adult education, WIOA (Workforce Investment Opportunity Act) Youth programs, career center workshops, and advanced English Language Learners (ELLs).
  • Global Collaborative Projects are opportunities for instructors to collaborate with similar programs in other countries.
  • A similar toolkit for CTE at the postsecondary level is under development.

Asia Society is an educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller, 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with offices across the globe. The Society seeks to provide insight, generate ideas, and promote collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared global future, in the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy.

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