Grants Available for Community College Faculty to Create Global Modules

World View is delighted to announce that there is funding still available for NC community college instructors to receive grants of $750 to create global modules for courses they teach. A module is a self-contained unit that infuses global content, context and connections into the course. Key elements of a module are Global Learning Outcomes, Student Learning Activities and Resources. As part of the project World View will arrange a research visit for grantees to UNC this summer or in the fall.

To apply please email a short proposal to Neil Bolick ( Instructions on how to apply for the grants are available below and on the World View website, or give Neil an email or call (919-843-5332). Proposals are due August 1, 2017.

These grants are part of the NC Global Distinction program, which World View directs. At participating colleges, students who complete globally intensive courses, participate in international activities and gain global experience graduate with a “Global Distinction” notation on their transcripts. This program is supported by the National Resource Centers at UNC, which provide expertise and funding, and the UNC University Libraries.

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Global Teaching Dialogue, July 28, Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of State
invites K-12 educators and education leaders to the Global Teaching Dialogue
July 28, 2017, at the George C Marshall Center
(21st and C Streets, NW)
U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Learn about the U.S. Department of State fellowship programs for teachers and hear from fellow teachers about how working with the State Department has helped them improve their teaching and make global education more relevant for their students.  Discuss overcoming challenges with State Department officials, school system leaders, and administrators.  Learn about best practices in virtual exchanges and activities with the U.S. Diplomacy Center at the Department of State. Participate in a resource fair and light reception, and  learn about organizations that can help you  and your students prepare for global challenges and opportunities.

Agenda and more information will be posted soon:

*All teachers may request a certificate for 3 hours of training to present to their educational authority for potential CEU credit.

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Opportunities for High School Students – Learn about Contemporary China

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) serves as a bridge between Stanford University and K–12 schools and community colleges by developing multidisciplinary curricular materials on international topics, conducting teacher professional development seminars, and teaching distance-learning courses. Interested high school students are encouraged to apply to the China Scholars Program (CSP). CSP is an interactive, synchronous online course for high school students in the United States—a new addition to Stanford University’s SPICE Program in Pre-Collegiate Global Learning. Students will explore key issues in contemporary China, spanning politics, economics, social issues, culture, and the arts, and with an emphasis on its relationship with the United States. In real-time “virtual classrooms” with leading scholars, experts, and former government officials from Stanford University and other institutions, students will participate in a rigorous learning experience. Applications accepted through July 15. For more information click here.

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Reflecting on the World View Study Visit to South Africa

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandela

World View South Africa 2017 Group photograph at Ohlange High School

World View’s study visit to South Africa began on June 16th, an important day in South African history. This day, a national holiday called Youth Day, commemorates the June 16, 1976 uprising in Soweto. On this day thousands of students marched peacefully to demonstrate and protest against the South African government’s directive to use Afrikaans, the language of the oppressor, in schools. The demonstrations turned tragic as students were killed by police, sparking additional protests throughout the country. Educators on World View’s study visit learned more about this important day and about the impact apartheid had on the people and places of a diverse and complex nation. Read more ›

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Superheroes From Around the Globe– and resources for teaching with them

Wonder Woman opened recently to much praise and solid box office sales, including the top spot in many nations around the world during its debut weekend. One of Wonder Woman’s appeals is that it challenges the typical notion of a superhero. However, more broadly, Wonder Woman is an opportunity to reflect on the global fascination with superheroes. Natalie Haynes of the BBC (Before Marvel and DC) suggests that even though superhero stories dominate contemporary cinemas, they actually have their origins in antiquity. From Fionn mac Cumhaill, who built the Giant’s Causeway to Northern Ireland, to Gilgamesh, who defeated Humbaba in Mesopotamia, superheroes have existed as long as stories have. They have both timeless and universal appeal to “ordinary” human beings.

The global appeal of superheroes stems in part from the universality of the themes they represent: justice and injustice, the hero’s journey, lessons for coping with adversity and more. Sohaib Awan, producer of the Jinnrise comic series, says, “Each culture offers a potential take on well-known themes and stories. There may only be a certain number of stories to tell, but cultural diversity offers a myriad of ways to tell them.”  Additionally, fans across the globe are continuing to adopt cosplay, short for costume play, to honor their comic book and superheroes. To read about how young women in Malaysia have found ways to merge the hijab with their passion for superheroes and cosplay, click here or read on to learn about superheroes from around the world.

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South Piedmont Community College Celebrates First Scholars of Global Distinction

Kayla Prince, Tristan Shea and Kendra Watkins are South Piedmont Community College’s first Scholars of Global Distinction. All three students have been accepted to UNC-Chapel Hill for the fall semester.

Tristan Shea and Kayla Prince (left), Kendra Watkins (right). Photos courtesy of South Piedmont Community College.

Prince and Shea are also the first Career and College Promise students to graduate concurrently from their high school, Porter Ridge, and from South Piedmont Community College with Associate in Arts degrees. Career and College Promise is an academic program that allows high school students to take up to 40 hours of tuition-free curriculum courses. After completing 40 hours, students can transfer to a senior institution or complete their degree program. Prince and Shea chose to finish their Associate in Arts degrees before transferring. Read more ›

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Gaston College graduates first Scholar of Global Distinction

Gaston College’s first Scholar of Global Distinction, Avalon Warren, graduated on Friday, May 12, 2017. Warren achieved this honor by taking globally-intensive courses, presenting a portfolio, contributing to global activities and committing herself to being a global scholar.

Photo courtesy of Gaston College

The North Carolina Global Distinction program is a collaboration between North Carolina community colleges and World View at UNC-Chapel Hill to globalize curriculum and increase faculty and student involvement in global issues, activities and dialogue.

Warren attributes much of her global viewpoint to her upbringing. “Since I was a child my parents exposed me to all sorts of intercultural experiences,” Warren said. “International travel wasn’t necessarily an option financially, but they believed that within our ‘melting pot’ of a country there was still much to discover, so they would take me all over the place throughout the U.S. . . . It gave me a sense of understanding, acceptance, and love for all people, no matter their background, race, gender or religion.” Read more ›

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UNC’s Center for European Studies Outreach Programs for K-12 Educators

UNC’s Center for European Studies offers several programs for K-12 educators who want to learn and teach about Europe and the European Union. Programs are open to any K-12 educator. However, priority is given to underserved school districts (title I, rural, etc.) and those beyond the local research triangle area as part of the Center for European Studies’ opening access initiative to provide resources throughout the state. Read more ›

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Recognizing World Refugee Day—and Resources for Teaching About Refugees

“Our responses to refugees must be grounded in our shared values of responsibility sharing,
non-discrimination and human rights.”
—Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General from 2007 to 2016

June 20 is recognized internationally as World Refugee Day, a day of awareness of and for refugees across the globe. World Refugee Day was put into practice in 2001 by the United Nations General Assembly on the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention (a treaty that established the rights of refugees and the responsibilities of nations that grant asylum).

Since then, the way we define refugees—and the political and social climate surrounding refugees—has changed, as has the number of refugees, which now tops 21 million. Read more ›

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Calling all Secondary Teachers! Summer Institute on the Middle East at Duke

The Middle East and Islam: New perspectives of Islamic History from the 16th century to the present
Duke University
June 25-29


Join the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies for a five-day workshop this summer designed to introduce teachers to key themes in contemporary Islamic Studies. Teachers will explore overviews of the Safavid and Ottoman empires and their modern counterparts in Iran and Turkey, as well as the impact of Islam in America today. Teachers will engage with scholarly texts, learn about classroom resources, and participate in experiential learning activities such as visiting a mosque. Throughout the summer 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. All expenses will be covered for selected participants including travel, accommodations, meals, and books required for the program. Read more ›

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