Honoring International Women’s Day Around the World

March 8 marked International Women’s Day (IWD), a celebration of women’s achievements, a commemoration of the struggle for women’s rights and a call to action for gender equity.

Women have been participating in IWD since the early 1900s, when protesters marched in New York City to demand equal working conditions and voting rights. IWD was officially recognized and celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975. Since then, it’s grown into a global phenomenon of celebration, remembrance and activism. Read more ›

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Music and Storytelling in West Africa

ShabutasoFor centuries, the history, beliefs and folklore of West African communities have been kept alive through the tradition of music and oral storytelling. Stories have been passed through the ages by Griots, also called Jalis, who are musicians, poets and historians.

K-12 and community college educators can experience modern-day griots firsthand at the opening plenary of World View’s spring seminar, Stories of Africa: Connected Over Time and Across the Globe (March 29-30).  The Shabatuso family of griot artists will kick off an Africa immersion focused on exploring the richness of the African continent and its interconnectedness through time and around the world.

Dating back to the 13th century, the role of the Griot originated in the Mande Empire (present-day Mali). Griots had important and multifaceted duties as musicians, genealogists, advisers, teachers, interpreters and historians, responsible for preserving the ancestral records of entire communities through oral storytelling. Griots were highly respected members of society, and their role evolved into a hereditary social caste. The position was passed from parent to child, like an apprenticeship. If you were born into a Griot family, you would begin training from a young age to learn hundreds of songs and stories, spending years of preparation memorizing the records of births, deaths and marriages through the generations of your village and family. Griots told their stories through music, using accompanying instruments such as the balafon, ngoni or the kora.

The balafon is similar to the modern-day xylophone, made from wooden keys and calabash gourds. It was once an instrument only played for kings, fixed into the ground over holes to help the sound reverberate.

The balafon is similar to the modern-day xylophone, made from wooden keys and calabash gourds. It was once an instrument only played for kings, fixed into the ground over holes to help the sound reverberate.

The ngoni is a small, lute-like instrument with a body made from wood and animal skin stretched over its face, much like a drum. Its strings are made from fishing line and can produce high-pitched sounds - it is considered to be one of the precursors of the modern-day banjo.The ngoni is a small, lute-like instrument with a body made from wood and animal skin stretched over its face, much like a drum. Its strings are made from fishing line and can produce high-pitched sounds – it is considered to be one of the precursors of the modern-day banjo.

The kora is a much larger instrument, a cross between a harp and a lute. Its 21 strings are plucked with the thumb and the index finger.The kora is a much larger instrument, a cross between a harp and a lute. Its 21 strings are plucked with the thumb and the index finger.

Music plays a key role in West Africans’ daily lives for dance, healing, storytelling, and religious practice. Smithsonian Folkways has developed lesson plans for hands-on experience in the music classroom of musical practices from around the world, including some from West Africa:

West African Songs and Chants (Grades 3-8) offers teachers opportunities to use children’s music from Ghana to gain experience with basic polyrhythmic ensembles. Singing, chanting, dancing and playing instruments are included throughout the unit.

They’re Ghana Love It!: Experiences with Ghanaian Music (Grades 6-8) is a lesson plan for students to experience the musical cultures of Ghana through listening, movement, game play and percussion performance.

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Silk Road: Past and Present Workshop for Educators Offered at UNC-Chapel Hill

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“Silk Road: Past and Present, a Workshop for Educators”

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00am-5:30pm

UNC Chapel Hill
A rich history exists between Asia and the Middle East, as communication routes and vast networks of trade have continuously exchanged culture, goods, knowledge and beliefs for centuries. Join us for a day-long workshop as we explore the Silk Road and contemporary trade through art, music, and presentations by faculty and staff from UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, and Duke University. This workshop is particularly relevant to world history, art, and music teachers due to the theme of cultural exchange and its role in the curriculum of these courses. This workshop is free, but registration is required. Please register here. Please see the Silk Road Worskhop Schedule here (small details still subject to change).

A small number of lodging scholarships (one night double occupancy hotel accommodations) are available for teachers traveling more than 200 round-trip miles to the training site. Please fill out this application form and submit to harver@email.unc.edu by March 15 to be considered for the scholarship.

Teachers will earn 9 contact hours, or .9 CEUs, by successfully participating in the entire program. 8 hours will be earned on the day of the workshop, and 1 hour will be earned by completing 2-3 readings with accompanying reading guide prior to the program.

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Share Your Voice and Help the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is working on a video project and needs your help!

Through your testimonials, The Consortium hopes to open minds to the importance of education about Latin America and the Caribbean. Collectively, your voices can encourage other teachers to incorporate cross-cultural resources at the K-12, community college, and college levels. The Consortium invites you to submit a brief video which will become part of a larger video featured on our UNC-Duke Consortium Outreach Program homepage. In your video, you might consider the following questions, though other ideas are welcome:

  1. Why do you think it’s important to teach about Latin America and the Caribbean?
  2. What has been your favorite Latin American or Caribbean topic to teach in class? Why?
  3. Have your students ever expressed excitement or gratitude after learning something new about these regions? If yes, please tell us a short anecdote.
  4. What do you think your students might gain from Latin American and Caribbean education?

Overall Video Guidelines:

  • Videos should not exceed 30-40 seconds.
  • Videos may be recorded on a laptop camera, handheld camera or cellphone. If you record on a cellphone, please hold your device sideways.
  • Speak in whatever language you feel most comfortable with.
  • Record yourself in a quiet environment.

Deadline: All videos should be submitted via email to francis.curiel@duke.edu by 5pm ET Friday, March 10. Along with the video, please submit your name, contact information and signed UNC-Duke Consortium Video Project Video Release Form[1].

Questions? Please contact Francis Curiel, Outreach Student Assistant, at francis.curiel@duke.edu, or Emily Chávez, Outreach Coordinator, at emily.chavez@duke.edu.

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2017 James L. Peacock Scholarship Winner Announced

Morgan_peacock_scholarship1When I tell people that I am a high school math teacher interested in global education, I am often met with perplexed stares.  After all, numbers are numbers, no matter where you are in the world.  But, with the help of World View, I’ve seen ways to incorporate global education into my math curriculum. 

So begins the narrative of Haywood County’s Pisgah High School math teacher, Stephanie Morgan, winner of the 2017 James L. Peacock Scholarship to attend World View’s March 2017 seminar on Latin America and North Carolina.  Stephanie will also attend Stories of Africa: Connected Over Time and Across the Globe.

This seminar scholarship is awarded to a North Carolina educator who has attended a World View global education professional development program during the 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 academic years and has demonstrated a commitment to bringing the world to North Carolina students. Read more ›

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National Geographic Society now offering education-focused grants to individual educators!

National Geographic education grants will support projects that aim to teach people about the world and how it works, empowering them to make it a better place. Funded projects must align with one of the Society’s three focus lenses: The Human Journey, Wildlife and Wild Places, and Our Changing Planet. These lenses are described in more detail on the new grants website.

National Geographic is looking for educators who have new ideas for effective strategies in teaching and learning—at any age level, with any audience, and in any location—in the U.S. and internationally. They aim to support educators in formal and informal settings, in community education and outreach, and educator professional development.

They also seek projects that aim to measure what works in teaching and learning—educators who want to research and measure how learning takes place. This dovetails with National Geographic’s Learning Framework: the set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that embody the explorer mindset.

Grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis. Upcoming submission deadlines are:

  • April 1, 2017, for decision by August 21, 2017
  • July 1, 2017, for decision by November 30, 2017

Find grant guidelines and submit applications at http://www.nationalgeographic.org/grants/.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Recognized by NC State Board of Education as a Global-Ready District

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools recognized as Global-Ready District at NC State Board of Education on February 1, 2017

The North Carolina State Board of Education and the NC Department of Public Instruction recognized Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) as a Global-Ready District at the prepared level on February 1, 2017. CMS was one of the first two districts in the state to earn the designation.  At the prepared level, the district effectively implements systems and processes to support global readiness. Many components of global education are embedded district-wide and there are sound, well-embedded practices showing positive impact on students. Read more ›

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Educator Opportunities in Chapel Hill and Brussels from the UNC Center for European Studies


EU in NC Study Tours
May 18-19 | Community College Educators | Deadline March 15
August 14-15 | K-12 Educators | Deadline May 15
+ More info
+ Application (K-12 and CC)

CES will be hosting two-day study tours on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus open to K-12 and Community College Educators. Each tour will focus on two themes: “The European Union Today: the EU as a Global and Local Actor” and “The European Union Citizen: Issues Facing the Contemporary European.”

Participants will be able to receive certification of two continuing education credits and approximately 20 hours of professional development provided they complete the post-tour lesson plan and module creation. Hotel accommodations will be provided to selected applicants for the nights of the conference – recipients will be contacted with more details if selected. The application will be live soon and sent out via our newsletter and posted on our website.


Brussels Study Tour
June 18-24 | Undergraduates  +  K-12  +  Community College
+ Deadline March 3
+ More info
+ Application

Each year, the UNC Center for European Studies chooses a North Carolina cohort of undergraduate students, K-12 teachers, and community college instructors to join a study tour to Brussels, Belgium. This tour, organized by the University of Pittsburgh’s European Studies Center, is a five-day professional development opportunity to learn about the European Union in collaboration with university partners from across the nation. The Brussels Study Tour is by no means a leisure tour – you will have high-level briefings with EU officials and make important networking connections, while having fun along the way.

For those students and educators with a strong interest in European Studies, this study tour will provide you with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experiences to further your understanding of Europe and the European Union.

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Classroom Exchanges – Building Bridges for Classroom Learning

P1000519A classroom exchange can be a useful tool to engage your students in global learning. By allowing your class to interact directly with students from different countries and cultures, you are breaking down classroom walls and giving your students a glimpse into other parts of the world. As technological progress continues far and wide, the capabilities of connecting with classrooms from different parts of the world has become much easier and allows for a more robust relationship between students. Today, there are a number of organizations who work to promote and advance international understanding and world peace using technology to create face to face contacts.

Here at World View, we encourage you to take the next step with your classroom exchange; to have your class engage in dialogue on a particular issue or to work to solve a common or complex problem. The ultimate goal of World View is to develop globally competent citizens who are prepared to work in an interconnected and diverse world.  Through a classroom exchange, students interact with people that have different perspectives and different ways of approaching problems, yet are able to come together as they work through these problems, building skills along the way to make them responsible citizens in this complex, rapidly changing, and diverse world.  Read more ›

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Choices and World View Partner for a Summer Institute on Exploring the Choices Approach to Contested Issues

An Immersion Program for Choices Workshop Leaders
Exploring the Choices Approach to Contested Issues
July 10-12, 2017 @ UNC-Chapel Hill
Co-sponsored by World View

Who Should Attend

Anyone who will present the Choices Program’s materials and approach to other educators!

If you are a Teacher Leader, join us so that you can conduct, for pay, introductory Choices workshop(s) in your area.

If you are a Curriculum Supervisor, send a lead teacher(s) to learn strategies for implementing Choices in your school or district.

If you are a Methods Professor, participate in the program to gain strategies and resources for introducing Choices to your preservice teachers.

If you love the Choices Program’s materials and are interested in professional growth and an outstanding leadership opportunity, please join the Choices Program for a three-day, engaging and interactive program. Read more ›

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