Integrating World Savvy Series: Introduction to Global Competence

Part 1 of this 3-part series introduces educators (grade 6-12 and school leaders) to World Savvy’s Educational Approach with a deep dive into Global Competence. Educators will deeply explore Global Competence and its importance to self, school, and society.

*You can take this webinar individually or as a part of this series.

MASA 2023 Fall Conference

Beyond the Divide: Fostering Community in the Space Between Freedom and Fear

World Savvy is thrilled to host a breakout session on Thursday, September 21st at 3:45 pm in Peninsula B/C in the lower level of the Grand Traverse Resort. Our session, “Beyond the Divide: Fostering Community in the Space Between Freedom and Fear,” features the following esteemed panelists: 

  • Kris Jenkins, Superintendent, Brand ISD
  • KK Neimann, National Director of District & Strategic Initiatives, World Savvy
  • Dr. William Gaudelli, Dean of Education School, Lehigh University

It is no secret that our communities feel more divided now than ever before. In this current climate, how can schools be a place that actively develops the skills and dispositions to engage positively across differences? How can our K12 system graduate a generation that can adequately support our democratic processes?

Together we explored the following questions:

  • How do we meet the needs of ALL students in a time of great polarization?
  • How can global competence serve as an organizing tool and framework for positive conversations in our communities?
  • How do we ensure that our education system is adequately preparing young people to be active and engaged citizens in a multiethnic democracy?

We hope you will join us to hear how district leaders are innovating to build inclusive school communities to develop a new generation of empathetic leaders and engaged local and global citizens. Look forward to seeing you there!

Leading for Global Competence: Fall Cohort

The journey to create adaptive, student-centered, future-ready schools begins with visionary leadership.
World Savvy’s Leading for Global Competence cohorts support school and district leaders in reimagining education through global competence.

Global Competence refers to the skills, values, and behaviors necessary to thrive in an ever-changing and complex world. It’s a transformative lens through which we can create future-ready learning environments that prepare every student to succeed in a global economy. Global Competence provides an organizing framework that encompasses critical areas in K-12 education – STEM, SEL, DEIJ, PBL, Civics, and CTE. By tackling these collectively through Global Competence, school leaders can avoid initiative fatigue while ensuring all objectives remain front and center.

Across 8 hours of workshops and facilitated discussion, we will build the capacity to embed global competence into teaching, learning, and culture while laying the groundwork for deep, sustainable work with students and school communities.

Our transformative model creates a lasting impact that goes beyond an individual teacher or administrator, ensuring that future generations benefit from the choices made today. By working as a cohort, Leading for Global Competence creates space to discuss the challenges you face, and work directly with your colleagues to develop practical solutions.


We’re offering two cohort opportunities this Summer:

  • Cohort A sessions will be held virtually on Tuesdays from 8:30 – 10:30 am CDT
  • Cohort B sessions will be held virtually on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 5:00 pm CDT

Both cohorts will meet on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2023
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Space is limited, register to save your seat today!

Interested in hosting a cohort experience for your entire leadership team? Contact us to learn more about program facilitation and receive a custom quote for your school or district. Email info@worldsavvy.org today!

CASE Summer Leadership Convention

Curious about a partnership with World Savvy? Hear all about it at the 45th Annual Summer CASE Convention on July 26-28 and learn more about Denver Public Schools experience collaborating with us for the 2023 school year. Discover the transformative power of a World Savvy partnership firsthand. 

Please join us on Wednesday, July 26th at 10:45am-12pm in BR Base Nine Lounge. Our session is titled “Using Global Competence to Achieve Global Competence: A Collaboration between Denver Public Schools and World Savvy,” and features the following esteemed panelists: 

  • Dr. Alex Marrero, Superintendent, Denver Public Schools
  • Dr. Christian Sawyer, Director of Schools: IB & Dual Language Collaboratives, Denver Public Schools
  • KK Neimann, National Director of District & Strategic Initiatives, World Savvy
  • Adam Koehler, Professional Learning Facilitator, World Savvy 

This discussion will highlight the process and action steps taken to jumpstart the work of global competence within Denver Public Schools. We will also explore the skills and dispositions that supported us to collaborate successfully and think creatively about how to expand this work and ensure that all students are adequately prepared to thrive in a diverse, complex, and ever-changing world.  In this discussion, we will explore the following questions and more: How did this journey begin? What did this process look like? What skills and dispositions did you lean into to make this collaboration successful? What were the outcomes of this partnership?

Be part of the conversation and learn about the exciting action steps taken to foster global competence within Denver Public Schools. See you there!

IB Global Conference

World Savvy is excited to be at the IB Global Conference this July. Come by and learn about our work with schools and districts in the exhibit hall at table 35.

Zaynab Abdi Presents Our Stories Carried Us Here in Conversation with Dana Mortenson

A Somali girl raised in Yemen by her grandmother finds refuge and opportunity with her mother in America. Told in English and Arabic, the story is beautifully illustrated as black ink drawings.

Zaynab Abdi is a storyteller and emerging global leader. From her contribution to Green Card Voices, Minneapolis to a chapter in Malala’s We are Displaced, her story of perseverance and the pursuit of opportunities for others has inspired all who have encountered her words. Zaynab has shared her experiences and insights about girls education as a Malala Fund delegate addressing the United Nations General Assembly. She continues to work with the United Nations Development Program as a Strategy and Futures Fellow, with Reviving Sisterhood, a Muslim story telling, leadership development and civic engagement organization, and with Green Card Voices as an Immigrant and Refugee Youth Ambassador.

Dana Mortenson is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of World Savvy, a national education nonprofit working to educate and engage youth as responsible global citizens. World Savvy supports change agents in K-12 education to create more inclusive, adaptive schools that ensure all young people can develop the skills and dispositions needed to thrive in a more diverse, interconnected world. World Savvy programs provide support at three critical levels to deeply integrate global competence into teaching, learning and culture: student engagement, teacher capacity, and school and district leadership support. Since 2002 she has led the organization through significant national expansion, reaching more 800,000 students and nearly 7,000 teachers across 45 US states and 32 countries, from offices based in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and New York.

Dana is an Ashoka Fellow and was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 under 40 Progressive American Leaders, and Women We Admire’s Top 50 Women Leaders of Minnesota for 2022. She was also a winner of the Tides Foundation’s Jane Bagley Lehman award for excellence in public advocacy in 2014. She is a frequent speaker on global education and social entrepreneurship at high-profile convenings nationally and internationally, and World Savvy’s work has been featured on PBS, The New York Times, Edutopia, and a range of local and national media outlets covering education and innovation.

This event is FREE but registration is required. Please register using the link below.

Designing Sustainable Futures: Climate Summit

Ulster BOCES, Vassar College, and World Savvy will host the “Designing Sustainable Futures: Climate Summit” on April 25, from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at Vassar College.

This conference will bring together Mid-Hudson Valley public and private school high school students and their teachers, Vassar professors and school leaders to think about ways to take meaningful action on climate change and understand their role as global citizens.

Dana Mortenson, World Savvy CEO and Co-Founder, will moderate a panel of Vassar College Professors to discuss the current climate landscape.

Students will wrestle with what informed action looks like, explore current solutions to the climate crisis and design solutions of their own that will be presented at the end of the day.

Vassar College Panelists

  • Mary Ann Cunningham, Earth Science and Geography Director, Environmental Studies Program
  • Kirsten Menking, Professor of Earth Science on the Althea Ward Clark Chair
  • Laura Haynes, Assistant Professor of Earth Science
  • Deon Hanley Knights, Assistant Professor of Earth Science and Environmental Studies

MSA 2023 National Conference on Magnet Schools

Join World Savvy’s own KK Neimann as she kicks off the Magnet Schools of America (MSA) National Conference on Magnet Schools with a Pre-Conference Session, Teaching for Global Competence: What we need TODAY to prepare students for TOMORROW, on April 18th at 2:45 pm. During this engaging session, KK will explain what global competence is, why it matters, and how you can embed it into your school or district. 


In addition to leading this important conversation, World Savvy will be exhibiting at the conference, attending sessions, and meeting with key partners. We would love to connect with you, learn more about your school or district, and hear how your school year is going.

About MSA: MSA is a national nonprofit professional education association whose members are schools and school districts.  The association represents and is a resource to magnet schools, parents, teachers, school boards, administrators, business leaders, community organizations and institutions of higher education. 

Magnet Schools are founded on five key pillars: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, leadership and family and community partnerships.

The educational themes that some magnet schools focus on include;

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • International Baccalaureate, International Studies
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) and
  • World Languages (immersion and non-immersion)

Use the link below to learn more about the conference schedule and accommodations, and register to attend!