International Day for Biological Diversity 2018

On this day, May 22nd, countries and communities around the world are celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity. In 1993 the United Nations officially declared May 22nd the International Day for Biological Diversity to raise awareness about the world’s continuing decline in biodiversity, and the problems this poses for the future of our planet Earth. Every year the Convention on Biological Diversity chooses a theme for the day that has to do with different aspects of biodiversity. This year’s theme, a special one because it marks the 25th anniversary of people around the world hosting local celebrations to promote biological diversity, is titled “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”. Read more ›

World View’s Creating a Global Media Center Workshop

On April 26-27, 2018, media coordinators from across North Carolina headed to the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence for a two-day World View workshop on creating a global media center. The workshop opened with an intensive interactive session on equity; Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Casey Rawson and Kimberly Hirsh, all from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, had participants parse out the components of an equitable school library and share how they could make their libraries more equitable for students, parents and community members. Read more ›

Chapel Hill High Teacher is Awarded Fellowship to Attend World View China Study Trip

Anne Tomalin, an ESL teacher from Chapel Hill High School, has been named a Fund for Teachers Fellow. She will receive a grant to cover the cost of the World View Global Study Visit Program to China in June and will travel to Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai with the rest of the World View cohort. Tomalin hopes to learn about China’s educational practices, its culture and its languages, as well as discover new ways to support her Asian refugee students. Though she has been in the classroom for over twenty years, she cites the changing demographics as a reason for her to adapt how and what she teaches.

“I believe one missing piece of the puzzle [of low scores of English learners on end-of-course exams] is that we don’t have sufficient knowledge of their cultural and educational background, and how that background influences the way they learn. Without this knowledge, we aren’t able to provide them with culturally responsive instruction. By observing a completely different educational setting, I hope to cultivate the ability to think outside of the box about how best to serve the needs of our district’s EL students,” Tomalin said.

Tomalin will be blogging about her experience here.

Read the rest of the article from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools here.

Resources for Building Global Competency

We may not cross physical borders regularly, but we cross cultural borders every day in our classrooms. As we are aware of our own traditions and values, it is important to be mindful and respectful of others and to be aware of what is going on in our state and in the world. The journey toward being a more globally-competent educator starts with you. Here are some ways you can open up windows to the world and build your own global competencies: Read more ›

Announcing the 2018 World View Fellows Program: The OVERBook Project on the Environment and Sustainability

K-12 and community college educators of all disciplines from World View partner institutions are invited to apply to the 2018 World View Fellows Program. The OVERBook Project on the Environment and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary professional learning opportunity which aims to deepen educators’ understanding of contemporary global environmental issues and resources for teaching about these issues. The program culminates in the creation of study guides with educator resources created by World View Fellows in connection with photos featured in the Population Institute’s OVERBook. This selective program will accept a total of 12 fellows representing a variety of disciplines across K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and community college.

You can see selected photos featured in the OVERBook in this photo essay published by The Guardian.

K-12 and community college Fellows who successfully complete all program requirements will be eligible for up to 5 CEUs or 50 PDCH and a stipend of $1,000. Fellows will also receive a copy of the OVERBook. The following program costs are covered for participating fellows:

  • Registration fees for the July 19-20 workshop in Chapel Hill.
  • Dinner and lodging in Chapel Hill for one night during the July workshop
  • Registration fees for the K-12 or community college Fall 2018 World View Global Education Symposium

Educators from all disciplines, K-12 though community college, at World View partner institutions, are encouraged to apply today! Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, May 16, 2018. Applications and additional details can be found here. To check whether your school, district or college is a partner of World View, click here.

Please contact Holly Loranger at with any questions.

Earth Day 2018 – End Plastic Pollution

Earth Day – April 22nd – is a worldwide civic-focused day of action to demonstrate support for environmental protection and stewardship.  Started in 1970, Earth Day has grown to become the largest civic-focused day of action in the world with over 1 billion people from 192 countries taking part. This year’s Earth Day theme is “End Plastic Pollution”. Read more ›

Free webinar April 26 with Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat

Join a FREE webinar on April 26 with Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat
Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. CST (for NC teachers that is 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. EST)

The Middle East Book Award is pleased to present during National Arab American Heritage month a conversation with award-winning author, Ibtisam Barakat on her book Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine, an enlightening look at the not often depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area. Barakat will discuss a life full of challenges that inspired defiance and creative ways of finding solutions. Join us as we discuss human rights, gender equality, and the power of words to take us and our thoughts to faraway places. Register here today!

Once a month in spring 2018, the World Area Book Awards will sponsor a 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. The spring webinar series focuses on social justice. All times listed refer to Central Standard Time (CST). REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR SERIES HERE. Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council and Africa Access.

Carolina Navigators hosts Spring Virtual Cultural Festival April 13

Carolina Navigators is hosting their Spring Virtual Cultural Festival on Friday, April 13th. All sessions are FREE and open to all K-12 teachers and students. Sessions last 40-45 minutes with 15-20 minutes for Q&A. Our presenters are UNC students who have international expertise. For more information, please see the website or sign up here.


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Important Landmarks in Spain, Scotland, and Pakistan (Sarah Claire, Karen and Mali)

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Food in South Africa and China (Abby and Sharon)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
All About Germany and Hungary! (including language) (Sylvia)

World View Scholarship Winners Announced

Jonathan Permar talks to educators at the World View Partners Program in 2016

World View is committed to ensuring accessibility to our programs for all North Carolina K-12 and community college educators. We are pleased to provide an annual scholarship for a select educator to attend a World View March seminar of their choice in honor of former World View Advisory Board Chair, Dr. James L. Peacock. Peacock is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Peacock was instrumental in the founding of World View and helped World View fulfill our mission for over 15 years.

The 2018 James L. Peacock Scholarship winner is Jonathan Permar, Director of Social Studies for Guilford County Schools. In his current role Jonathan supports and drives global education efforts in his county. He is working to build a network of global educators who connect with each other, with resources and with professional development opportunities. Read more ›

Carolina Asia Center Hosts Asia Week: March 19-25, 2018

Educators are invited to attend events during Asia Week, March 19-24, 2018, hosted by the Carolina Asia Center. The full schedule is below and you can view the poster here.

Carolina Asia Center Asia Week Read more ›