EARTH DAY 2017 – Environmental and Climate Literacy

earthdayEach year for the last 46 years, Earth Day – April 22nd – signifies the anniversary of the modern environmental movement and has become an annual event where activities are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  Earth Day’s 2017 theme is “Environmental and Climate Literacy” and the goal is to achieve global climate and environmental literacy by Earth Day 2020.  Learn more about Earth Day 2017, and ways to get involved by visiting the official Earth Day website.

Organizers of Earth Day 2017 recognized that before a society can solve issues like environmental threats, they must first build a global citizenry that is knowledgeable in global ecological issues.  To help build this knowledgeable global citizenry, the Earth Day Network has launched toolkits to give schools and community groups resources to help teach about environmental and climate literacy.  The toolkits – found here – contain lesson plans for all grade levels as well as additional resources.  There will even be a livestream teach-in on Monday, April 24th with Q&A from scientist Scott Denning from Colorado State University and youth climate leader Maxine Jimenez from UC Santa Cruz.

Earth Day began as an idea by U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, to create a national day that focused on the environment, or a “national teach-in on the environment”.  Inspired by the student anti-war movement of the 1960’s, Nelson realized that if he could harness the energy displayed in the anti-war movement with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, then environmental protection could vault onto the national landscape.

On the first Earth Day, April 22nd, 1970, 20 million Americans demonstrated for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.  By the end of the first year, Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.  By 1990, Earth Day had gone global, and today it is recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.

Earth Day is an opportunity for educators to incorporate concepts of sustainability, preservation and conservation into their classrooms.  The website for educators, Edutopia, has compiled an extensive list of lesson plans, reading lists, and classroom ideas that educators can use to incorporate Earth Day into their classrooms.  Access to these resources can be found by CLICKING HERE.

The theme for Earth Day 2017 – Environmental and Climate Literacy – acknowledges that developing a global citizenry that understands environmental and ecological issues is the first step.  This aligns well with World View’s mission to equip educators with global knowledge and resources to prepare students to live in an interconnected and diverse world.  Even though Earth Day is on a Saturday this year, take some time next week to discuss Environmental and Climate Literacy with your class.

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World View Congratulates 2016–2017 Global Education Leaders

041517_GELP1On April 7, World View graduated 25 educators from its 2016–2017 Global Education Leaders Program, which seeks to help educators in leadership positions plan and implement programs that will increase global understanding by faculty and students in their schools, districts and colleges. The program, broken into four sessions from September 2016 to April 2017, brought together educational leaders from across the state for intensive study, analysis and discussion of global issues that impact students and communities.

Participants were led by expert university faculty—Tim Flood, Jennifer Ho, Cori Dauber, Robin Dorff, Charles Kurzman, Gary Marks, Michael Tsin, Niklaus Steiner and Mark McNeilly—to explore global issues and to develop goals to increase global competence.

World View would like to congratulate all the educators in the 2016–2017 class and extend a special congratulations to the class representatives for the 2016–2017 Global Education Leaders Program, who were elected in a vote and will represent their class on the World View Advisory Board.  Glenn Reed from Onslow County Schools will represent K-12 educators and Abbe Allen from Sandhills Community College will represent community college educators.

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Latin America and North Carolina and Stories of Africa Seminars: Thank You!

World View would like to thank all the presenters, exhibitors, volunteers and especially the educators who made our March seminars a success!

041517_LANCOur Latin America and North Carolina seminar sought to help educators address the unique opportunities that the growing Latinx population brings to North Carolina classrooms. Presenters delved into the history, politics, arts and culture of Latin America and learned about model programs for understanding and supporting Latinx students and families.

 

Stories of Africa: Connected Over Time and Across the Globe041517_SA highlighted the diversity of lived experiences within the continent of Africa. The goal was for educators to learn something new about the continent of Africa or challenge an existing belief, articulate at least one example of how Africa is connected over time or across the globe and identify a global issue that impacts Africa and is relevant to the educational community.

We appreciate the thoughtful conversations and interactions that educators engaged in during the sessions. Thank you for your commitment to global education!

 

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World View Welcomes Holly Loranger

holly-lorangerWorld View welcomes our new assistant director, Holly Loranger, who began work on March 20. As World View’s Assistant Director, Holly leads professional development programs across the state of North Carolina to inspire global educators and to enhance global curricula.

Holly received her B.A. in anthropology and sociology from the University of Notre Dame and her Master’s in teaching secondary social studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. Holly worked in adult education at several community colleges before joining Chapel Hill High School as a social studies teacher for 16 years. She earned National Board Certification in secondary social studies and history in 2013. In 2012, she was named Chapel Hill High School Teacher of the Year and Chapel Hill–Carrboro City Schools Honor Teacher. Read more ›

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Virtual Cultural Festival on April 21. Sign your class up today!

CNBring the world to your students by participating in Carolina Navigator’s Virtual Cultural Festival on Friday, APRIL 21ST! All sessions are FREE and open to all K-12 teachers and students.

Presenters are UNC students who have international expertise. Sign up for the session(s) you’re interested in and Carolina Navigator’s will email you the link to join next week’s session! 

SIGN UP FOR SESSIONS HERE!

  • SESSION #1 (10-11 AM): “The History of India” with Navigator Sneha (Presentation recommended for upper elementary and/or secondary students, and Q & A for all K-12 students)
  • SESSION #2 (11 AM-12 PM): “The Former Yugoslavia” with “Q & A on Austria and Hungary” with Navigator Sylvia (Presentation recommended for secondary students, 8th-12th grade, and Q & A for all K-12 students)
  • SESSION #3 (12:15-1:15 PM): “Sports in China” with Navigator Sian (Recommended for K-12 students)
  • SESSION #4 (1:30-2:30 PM): “Music in Italy” with Navigator Emma (Recommended for K-12 students)

More information: http://navigators.unc.edu/for-educators/resources/virtual-presentations/

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Forsyth Tech Graduating First Global Distinction Scholar

ftcc-logoForsyth Technical Community College is proud of its accomplishments and is excited to announce Irene Bantigue as the community college’s first graduate in the Global Scholar of Distinction (GSD) Program. She will graduate on May 9, 2017. Irene is the current president of Forsyth Tech’s Student Government Association and when asked of her future goals, Irene replied, “In the future, I plan on double-majoring in International Studies and Economics, so the Global Scholar of Distinction Program for me was a perfect complement to my academic ventures. Also, I am thankful for the GSD Program because the intercultural activities and immersion made me realize I want to concentrate on refugee/immigration policy, and hopefully pursue a career where I can better advocate for these groups.” Carol Hayes, the program coordinator at Forsyth Tech noted how proud the college is of Irene and that she has served as a great ambassador to help promote global awareness and the GSD Program. Hayes also noted that Irene is leading the way and Forsyth Tech has eleven more global scholars slated to graduate by Spring 2018.

Forsyth Technical Community College launched the Global Scholar of Distinction (GSD) Program in Fall 2016.  According to Hayes, “World View has played an integral part in providing valuable training and resources to globalize curriculum and increase faculty and student involvement through seminars and the Global Education Leaders Program. We have over 70 globalized course sections being offered in Fall 2017 and are looking to work with faculty this summer to globalize curriculum in Health Technologies, Business and Administration, Human Services, and even welding”. For more information on the Global Scholar of Distinction Program at Forsyth Tech please click here.

The NC GLOBAL DISTINCTION initiative is a collaboration between North Carolina community colleges and UNC at Chapel Hill to globalize the curriculum and increase faculty and student involvement in global issues, activities and dialogue. This initiative is developing a state and national model of best practices for internationalizing the curriculum and campus programs.

Thank you to Carol Hayes for submitting the article highlighting the success of the global distinction program at Forsyth Tech.

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Summer 2017 Global Educator Opportunities

sunSummer may seem like a world away, but it really will be here before you know it! Why not advance your knowledge of global issues or regions of the world with a summer professional development opportunity? Below is a list of ideas to get you started. Many of the programs are based in the United States, but several give educators a chance to explore a country or country abroad. For a few the deadlines have passed, but hold on to this list for next year.

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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

SilkRoadPosterJoin the Carolina Asia Center and Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies for

“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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