Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month – And Resources for Connecting Hispanic Heritage to the Classroom

 Hispanic Heritage Month is dedicated to recognizing the impact and influence of generations of Hispanic Americans on the United States, both as a nation and as a society. Originally established in 1968, Hispanic Heritage month takes place from September 15 to October 15. The 15th of September corresponds to independence days in five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Independence celebrations in Mexico, Chile and Belize also occur during the second half of September. 

Hispanic heritage has a long and rich history in the United States and continues to shape American society and culture. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately one fifth of the total US population is Hispanic. The US Census bureau uses the term “Hispanic” as a reference to a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. Integrating connections to Hispanic heritage in curricula across grade levels presents an opportunity for educators to develop global competencies and build critical literacy. There are many opportunities throughout the school year to make connections to Hispanic heritage. Read more for some possibilities and resources. Read more ›

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Ackland Art Museum Hosts Free K-12 Educator Open House

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Ackland Art Museum will host a free K-12 Educator Open House to explore their Flash of Light, Fog of War: Japanese Military Prints, 1894-1905 exhibition, as well as the Ackland’s permanent collection. Flash of Light, Fog of War offers action-packed battle scenes depicted in Japanese woodblock prints, a traditional art form in which artists experimented with spectacular special effects to show modern war technologies, such as long-range ammunition, torpedoes and electric searchlights, on land and at sea, in murky darkness, blinding snow and dense fog. Registration is required – register here. Read more ›

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Durham School of the Arts’ Día de los Muertos (and More Resources from CLACS)

Durham School of the Arts’ Fall Art Festival: Día de los Muertos
Where: Durham School of the Arts, 400 N. Duke Street, Durham, NC
When: Saturday, September 30, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Community Alter Making Day); Saturday, October 28, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Fall Art Festival: Día de los Muertos)

For centuries, people all over the world have been gathering with family and friends to honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones they have lost. Durham School of the Arts is inviting other schools and local organizations to participate in the Community Alter Making Day, held on Saturday, September 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Durham School of the Arts middle school gym. Groups will learn about the history of Día de los Muertos and the significance of items found on alters, and will collaborate in art-making. Lunch will be provided.

Everyone is invited to attend 6th annual Fall Art Festival: Día de los Muertos, held on Saturday, October 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Festival is a free event and will include a community parade, live performances, art exhibits, food, games and fun for the entire family.

Please email Amber Carroll Santibañez, Visual Arts Teacher and Director of the Fall Art Festival at by Wednesday, September 26 if you would like to bring a school group to participate in the Community Alter Making Day on Saturday, September 30 OR to participate in the Fall Art Festival parade on Saturday, October 28.

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Apply for the NCGA Geo-Inquiry Leadership Institute

The 2018 North Carolina Geographic Alliance is now accepting applications for its Geo-Inquiry Leadership Institute. The Institute is hosted by the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching and it takes place June 28-30, 2018 in Ocracoke, North Carolina.

This opportunity is open to middle school educator teams in North Carolina. The NCGA will let applicants know if they are selected by December 15, 2017.

More information is available here, and you can apply for the Institute here.

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Global Collaboration Day, September 21

On September 21, 2017 Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon of the Global Education Conference Network will host a Global Collaboration Day. Register here to receive the full schedule of Global Collaboration Day events.

Students, teachers, and organizations will get online to celebrate global collaboration on September 21st, 2017, as back-to-school season begins in the northern hemisphere.  On this day (and beyond), experienced global educators and other professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. The primary goals of this whole day event are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world, and to introduce others to the tools, resources, projects, and networks that are available to educators today.

For more information visit the The Global Education Conference Network.

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World View Featured on UNC-Chapel Hill’s Podcast Well Said

Charlé LaMonica, World View’s director, talked to UNC-Chapel Hill’s podcast Well Said about the origin of World View, the resources and professional development programs offered to educators and the importance of global education.

Charlé and Well Said go in-depth about the origin of World View, the strong link between World View and UNC-Chapel Hill, the meaning of “global readiness” and World View’s upcoming programs and resources.

Listen to the podcast here, or read a transcript of the podcast hereRead more ›

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Apply for the Learning Through Languages Research Symposium at UNC Global

The Learning Through Languages Research Symposium at UNC Global at UNC–Chapel Hill is a unique way for students to conduct and present preliminary research in their language of study. Eligible students include those at Level III or higher, including heritage speakers, in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. During the symposium, North Carolina world language high school students will have the opportunity to showcase their language, research and presentation skills in a scholarly environment.  Read more ›

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Together for Peace: International Day of Peace, September 21

Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are,
toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for
others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.

—Hafsat Abiola, Nigerian human rights activist

This year’s U.N. International Day of Peace is Thursday, September 21, 2017, and the theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” Established in 1981, Peace Day asks participants to commit to building peace in all nations and peoples (read the full text here).

Education is a critical tool to build peace. It helps to break down economic, social and political barriers and allows people to resolve conflict creatively and nonviolently. As the Dalai Lama said, “Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” Read more ›

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New Resources from the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Check out resources and offerings for the fall from the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).

Downloadable Curriculum Resource Guides from the African Diaspora Fellows
The 2016-2017 African Diaspora Fellows created downloadable Curriculum Resource Guides after participating in intensive professional development about African, Afro-Latin American and African American studies. Each Curriculum Resource Guide is crafted around a topic that focuses on the cultures, politics, arts, literatures and/or economics of the African diaspora and includes the topic description, NC Standards aligned to the topic, key concepts, generalizations, inquiry questions and a list of annotated resources. The African Diaspora Fellows Program (ADFP) aims to bring diasporic Black histories and cultures from the margins to the center of curricula, with a focus on middle and high school social studies, English language arts, and world languages. Read more ›

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Register for Teaching Tolerance’s Mix It Up at Lunch Day

Mix It Up at Lunch Day, scheduled for Tuesday, October 31, 2017, is an international campaign that asks students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for a day. It helps reduce prejudice and biases, encourages students to cross social and cultural boundaries and promotes kindness, inclusion and empathy. Educators who register soon will be entered to win a set of free posters.

Visit Teaching Tolerance’s website for more information, including suggested activities, frequently asked questions and free printables, and register here.

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