At the dawn of a new century, educators must respond to an exciting opportunity and challenge: to prepare young people for life in a global age. As economies and cultures become more interconnected, and technology creates instantaneous links across the globe, success in the twenty-first century will increasingly require knowledge and understanding of the world beyond our borders. In response, Asia Society, supported by a generous grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has established the first national network of urban secondary schools devoted to international studies and world languages. The model schools within the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN) will provide a rigorous, engaging education for low-income and minority students to prepare them for college, the changing workforce, and a lifetime of learning.


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