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.

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Libraries in the Digital Age

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”
– Ray Bradbury

Much has been written about the role of the library in the digital age, and it’s clear that librarians today need a larger skill set than in the past – they’re keepers of books, but they also teach information literacy, run makerspaces, provide technical support, work on digital projects and teach and manage access to digital collections. Librarians also link students and colleagues to the world, giving them the tools to make global connections and expand their perspectives. Read more ›

Free Math Day Camp for High Schoolers: Girls Talk Math

High school educators: Encourage your students to apply for a free math day camp run by The Mathematics Department of UNC-Chapel Hill and the Association of Women in Mathematics student chapter. The camp has sessions from July 9 to July 20, 2018 on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus.

The camp is for rising 9th to 12th graders in the Triangle area interested in mathematics who identify as female or an underrepresented gender. Campers will work on challenging math problems that go beyond the high school curriculum, research the life of a female mathematician and create a blog and podcast about what they learn.

Interested parties can email with any questions. View the flyer here. Visit for more info and to fill out the application. The deadline to apply is April 1st, 2018.  Decisions will be made by April 6th, 2018.

Girls Talk Math is funded by a Mathematical Association of America Tensor Women and Mathematics Grant.

Free Film and Resources – “Remarkable Journey: East Meets West”

Educators are invited to view and share Remarkable Journey: East Meets West, a free film from Video Dialog, Inc. It’s available here and a short description is below.

Indian-Americans are among the most successful communities in America. A culture built on a fierce commitment to education, family, community and entrepreneurship. Through lively first-person stories, Remarkable Journey explores the ‘pioneer’ generation of Indian immigrants to North Carolina, as the world’s oldest and largest democracies met here in the midst of the Civil Rights movement and beyond. These energetic newcomers helped fuel the expansion of opportunities in science and business in our region, as they met the challenge of passing the “essence of India” on to their children.

With Indian music, dance, meditation, yoga, Buddhism and natural, Ayurvedic medicine all having a growing impact on us here in the West – not to mention delicious Indian food! – Remarkable Journey offers a lively portrait of one of the world’s great cultures – now our neighbors across North Carolina. Remarkable Journey tells this story in a new documentary film made for broadcast on UNC Public Television, as well as distribution with a teaching toolkit to every school in the state. These will be available to view in homes, temples, mosques and churches, and shared with families in India.  See the “Teaching Resources” page and link to the film here.

Neil Bolick Retires from World View: Thank You Neil!

The World View team bids farewell to Neil Bolick

Neil Bolick, Associate Director of World View retired February 28 amongst warm wishes from colleagues, family and friends. Having created and developed World View’s community college program from the very beginning, Neil traveled the state for the past 15 years building strong partnerships and collaborations in urban and rural communities. Fluent in Chinese and a veteran business person, Neil combined his many talents to effectively to create meaningful symposia, seminars and workshops  as well as lead global study visits to Turkey, China, the Balkans, Germany, Costa Rica… just to name a few. Each time, K- 12 and community college educators returned from study visits having had a unique global experience facilitated by Neil.

Neil Bolick leading World View’s Study Visit to Germany, Summer 2016

In the past several years Neil led the way with his UNC and community college colleagues in developing the NC Global Distinction Program, which now serves as a national model for university and community college collaborations. The initiative impacts hundreds of faculty and students throughout the state.

UNC Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, Carol Tresolini, reflects on Neil’s accomplishments: “Neil’s contributions to the University and the state are innumerable and will continue to have an impact through the programs and networks that he has created and nurtured over the years.  His work has touched scores of teachers and—through them—the many students who ultimately are the beneficiaries of Neil’s knowledge, wisdom and efforts.”

Thank you Neil for all you have contributed and accomplished as Associate Director of World View. You will be missed and we wish you all the very best in your well-deserved retirement.

Apply for the “Dimensions of the Middle East” Summer Institute

Middle and high school educators are invited to apply for a summer institute at Duke University on June 24-29, 2018.

“Dimensions of the Middle East: Foundations, Cultures and Geopolitics”
A Summer Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators
June 24-29, 2018, Duke University, Durham, NC

Join a five-day workshop this summer designed to introduce teachers to different dimensions of the Middle East. From social movements to geopolitics to cultures and more, teachers will deepen their understanding of both the historic and modern Middle East. Participants will learn from scholars and community experts, engage with authentic texts and participate in experiential learning activities. Throughout the institute, teachers will think about how to bring these themes into their classrooms and will work in groups or individually to develop curriculum or materials for classroom use. For the full program description, please visit here. Read more ›

Bringing East Asia into the Classroom and World View’s Upcoming Seminar: East Asia: Traditions, Trends and Transformations

East Asia is extraordinarily diverse and complex: culturally, ethnically, geographically, economically. In spite of rapid transitions due to globalization and geopolitical forces, East Asia maintains some of the world’s oldest cultural traditions. East Asia’s complexity, diversity and shifting role in global affairs present numerous opportunities for learning. There are countless reasons for North Carolina teachers to enhance their own knowledge of East Asian cultures and issues, as well as strategies for bringing these topics into the classroom. Read more ›

Teaching Tolerance Raleigh Workshops

Teaching Tolerance is offering two daylong professional development workshops in Raleigh this spring. The workshops are for K-12 classroom teachers and administrators or those who work with or coach classroom teachers and administrators.

The cost of each workshop is $35, which covers the workshop materials, breakfast and lunch and a certificate of completion for credit hours. Group rates are available. Space is limited. Read more ›

EU Today Essay Contest – Due 3/11

As part of the Center for European Studies’ third annual Europe Week celebration on April 9-15, CES is hosting an EU Today Essay Contest. High school and college students, teachers, faculty members, business and non-business professional and all other community members are invited to share their thoughts on the importance of transatlantic relations.

Essays should be 1,000 words minimum, double-spaced and formatted with 12 point font. Essays will be judged based on originality, clarity, quality of the writing and ability to convey their thoughts and perspectives on the EU. Writers may choose to answer one of three prompts:

  1. What does the EU do for its citizens?
  2. Why does the EU matter?
  3. What is the most critical issue facing the EU today and why?

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Equity in Education and World View’s Upcoming Seminar, Building Stronger Bridges: Cultural Respect and Equity in the Classroom

Last week education leaders met at the Public School Forum of North Carolina’s breakfast meeting to discuss the top ten issues in education for 2018. As noted in priority #8, “let’s get comfortable with the uncomfortable” was a recommendation to pursue outcomes-focused strategies towards racial equity. But let’s step back and understand equity and what this means in education and to educators who want to promote equity in their schools and classrooms. In the simplest form, equity is the quality of being fair or impartial, or freedom from bias or favoritism, according to Merriam-Webster. Read more ›