The World Affairs Council of Connecticut (CTWAC) promotes international education in Connecticut through our work with local businesses, the state government, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations.
CTWAC offers a series of international education programs and services that provide a global perspective for students and teachers.
CTWAC’s international education initiatives include:
- Model United Nations (MUN) – Our flagship international education program. For the past 60 years, thousands of Connecticut students have participated in this program that engages high school students in global issues.
- Global Engagement Award – An annual award honoring high school students committed to global issues.
- Maps for All – An international education initiative that promotes displaying world maps in public places.
- Global Leadership Award – Our newest award recognizes students who are preparing themselves to enter the global workforce and expanding their world view. The Global Leadership award honors Connecticut high schools seniors who have:
- Excelled in a global education-focused curriculum
- Engaged in extracurricular activities with an international education theme
- Developed skills conducive to a global affairs career, such as negotiation, cultural awareness, and the ability to engage in a diverse environment
- Global Education Resources – CTWAC provides extensive international education resources for students and teachers interested in global issues.
- The World Affairs Council has a working relationship with the Connecticut State Department of Education offering professional development and developing a high school global competency certificate
- Additional partners in developing the aforementioned workshops are the CT Council for the Social Studies, the CT Geographic Society, Love 146, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
- CTWAC is a member of the CT Association of Public School Superintendents’ International Education Committee
- CTWAC works with the Longview/Asia Society, recently attending a conference in Chicago where educators from across the U.S. discussed initiatives in their states on global competency certificates, digital badging, and seals of biliteracy