Upcoming Cultural Festivities in North Carolina

As summer comes to an end and students are just getting to know their new classmates for the new school year, there are many opportunities for students and teachers to explore the diverse cultures represented by the changing demographics of the North Carolina population. Below are just a few of the opportunities available to make personal connections with local families and strengthen relationships with the community. Jason Irizarry, an associate professor and director of urban education at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) mentions that for teachers wanting to be culturally responsive, “it’s really important to be really immersed in that local context to be culturally responsive. And I think that that’s messy work, and it’s really hard to quantify, but nevertheless vital.”* Here are a number of cultural festivities to you can participate in during the fall.  Read more ›

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A North Carolina educator’s perspective on the World View South Africa study visit

World View’s South Africa study trip was “an experience that will forever be one of the best times of my life,” according to Andi Webb, a teacher and mathematics coach in Fayetteville, NC.

The study visit group left Raleigh on Friday, June 16, 2017, headed halfway across the globe to Durban, South Africa. Once there, their itinerary included historical tours, school visits and lectures by South African educators and a visit to Ohlange High School, the site where Nelson Mandela cast his first vote. The group then traveled to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Rustenburg. “Walking in Mahatma Gandhi’s footsteps, visiting many places of historic significance through the work of Nelson Mandela, seeing several of the ‘Big Five’ and conversing with numerous South African educators helped me reflect on our own education and culture in America,” Andi says, and “working with educators around the world can enlighten us, challenge us and help us all improve education for children.”

To read her full article on EducationNC, please click here.

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NC Global-Ready School and District Designation Deadlines and Information Available

North Carolina Schools and Districts that wish to apply for the Global-Ready Acknowledgement or Designation status in 2017-2018 should complete the Intent to Apply form. This ensures that interested applicants receive resources and updates to assist them through the application process. District applications are due December 1, 2017 and school applications are due on April 6, 2018. The Intent to Apply form for school and district can be found here.  

For more information on these or other Global Education initiatives, please contact NCDPI Special Assistant for Global Education, Helga Fasciano at 919-807-3864 or helga.fasciano@dpi.nc.gov  or visit the web page here.

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NEW NC Global Educator Digital Badge Implementation Guide – Now Available!

The new 2017 Global Educator Digital Badge Implementation Guide is now available. The Guide includes updated information regarding the process for teachers, principals, central office staff and district superintendents wishing to earn the state-level recognition. You can access the Guide here.
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Reflecting on the World View Study Visit to Costa Rica and Nicaragua

World View’s study visit to Costa Rica and Nicaragua began with an early morning flight on July 19. Sixteen K-12 and community college educators and administrators from across North Carolina immersed themselves in a new culture by touring important historical and ecological sites, visiting local schools, and by staying with host families to gain a better understanding of the Costa Rican and Nicaraguan countries.  Read more ›

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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 (nebolick@unc.edu). 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:  https://eca.state.gov/global-teaching-dialogue

*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 August 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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