WS x CASE Leading for Global Competence Cohort

World Savvy is proud to co-host a Leading for Global Competence professional learning cohort with the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE).

This cohort is exclusively for Colorado CASE members.

Join top education leaders in Colorado for World Savvy’s cohort-based leadership program (Leading for Global Competence) that provides the space, time, and thought partnership to reimagine education through global competence and foster lasting change.

Through engaging workshops, thought-provoking dialogue, and helpful frameworks and resources, participants build the capacity to embed global competence across a district and form a supportive professional community committed to this innovative work.

This cohort will run from July 2024 to July 2025 in a hybrid format. 

Participants will gain:

  • A concrete action plan built to address your current challenges and meet the needs of your community. We will help you identify and prioritize action items to get the most out of your time & resources.
  • Critical skills are required for tough conversations about long-term issues, building a solid foundation for lasting change.
  • A network of peers from whom you can receive support, thought partnership, and feedback as you collaborate to design the future of learning in your districts.
  • Strategic design thinking to improve efficiency and prioritize action items
  • Exclusive World Savvy frameworks and resources, including our Leadership and Educator frameworks.

Get complete registration information here, including session dates and program cost.

If you and/or your organization are interested in participating in a leadership cohort, please contact Marley Wertheimer ( for more information.

A Critical Conversation with World Savvy: Midwest Region

Join World Savvy and Minnesota youth for an intergenerational conversation!

Date: May 16, 2024
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Gen Z is our most incredible generation yet, with tenacity, creativity, and the potential to change the world. And yet too often our young people are talked about as the challenge or the burden is placed on them to adapt to antiquated structures. What do we need to understand about who this next generation of young people are? And how do we cultivate an education system that will support them to perform at their highest level? 

Join World Savvy and youth from across our region for an intergenerational conversation, “Understanding & Amplifying the Power and Talent of Young People.” Keynote speaker, bestselling author, and generational thought leader Mark C. Perna will kick off the event as together, we find out what makes this generation of young people so unique and how to tap into their intelligence and potential as we face a complex future together.

This event is part of World Savvy’s ‘Critical Conversation’ series featuring thought leaders speaking on various topics that impact education and the heart of our work.

About the Keynote Speaker: Mark C. Perna

Mark C Perna

Author, speaker, and CEO Mark C. Perna shares his experience as a performance consultant for education and workforce development across North America. For over 25 years, Mark has devoted his career to empowering educators and employers to unleash the tremendous potential of today’s young people. Mark’s best practices have helped parents, schools, districts, businesses, and state organizations across North America to connect more effectively with younger generations.

Mark has published numerous articles in national publications and frequently interviews on radio shows, television, and podcasts. His award-winning bestseller book, Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations, was written to help educators, employers, and parents understand and inspire millennials and Z generations. To share this message, Mark has spoken at Harvard University and delivers more than 70 keynote speeches annually at national and statewide events.

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 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.