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 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, or Emily Chávez, Outreach Coordinator, at

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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

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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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Now open – Latin American & Caribbean Lending Library!

LA_logoThe UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is proud to announce the launch of its


Latin American & Caribbean Lending Library!

Sets of books are now available for K-12 level instruction free of cost. Educators may check out entire collections (or select titles) for one semester at a time. Through these collections, the Consortium hopes to encourage global awareness and provide exposure to Latin American and Caribbean cultures. The Consortium also hopes to support educators who encourage their students to explore similarities and differences among cultures, in order to better appreciate their own heritage as well as that of others. For more information, please visit the lending library webpage.  On this page you will find info about each of the available book collections, as well as a link to the request form.
If you have any questions, please contact Francis Curiel, Outreach Student Assistant, at, or Emily Chávez, Outreach Coordinator, at

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Applications now being accepted for the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program

IREX is excited to announce a new application cycle for the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program. The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. teachers (K-12) to become leaders in global education. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and teachers are the greatest resource to empower students as global citizens. Teachers from all subject areas are encouraged to apply!

Through TGC, fellows have traveled to Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Philippines, Republic of Georgia, Russian Federation, Senegal, and Ukraine.

Through TGC, fellows have traveled to Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Philippines, Republic of Georgia, Russian Federation, Senegal, and Ukraine.

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program has four main components:

  • Online Course – a ten-week, graduate-level course on globalizing classrooms and curriculum;
  • Global Education Symposium – held in Washington D.C., teachers and their administrators attend to build networks, collaborate, and develop strategies to enhance global learning;
  • International Field Experience – a  two to three-week practical international field experience for teachers to experience another country’s culture and education system; and
  • Global Education Resource Guide – a participant-created website that serves as a resource for their local education community to enhance global learning.

Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) is a program of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and implemented by IREX.  For more information about the TGC Program and access to the online application, please follow this link: The application for the 2017-2018 program will be open until March 20, 2017 (11:59 pm EST).

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Onslow County Schools Earns Highest Recognition in the State for Global Education

Onslow County Schools recognized as a model Global-Ready District by the NC State Board of Education

Onslow County Schools designated as a Global-Ready Model District by the NC State Board of Education on February 1, 2017.

The North Carolina State Board of Education designated Onslow County Schools as a Global-Ready Model District, making the district a leader in North Carolina for its focus on global education.  It is the only district in the state to meet the “Model” level requirements.

The NC State Board of Education formed a Task Force on Global Education in Sept. 2011 to assess the state’s effort to produce globally competitive graduates ready to live, work, and contribute to an interconnected world.  One action of the task force was the creation of criteria and a process for the Global-Ready Schools and Districts Designation. The State Board of Education approved the Global-Ready District Designation Rubric at its May 2015 meeting.  Schools and districts were able to apply for the “Designation” status and meet the criteria for “Prepared” or “Model” status.  The “Model” level, highest level, means that global readiness is embedded in the school district’s culture and practices and has shown high-level student impact.

What does Onslow County Schools’ global culture look like? The school district is home to 52 international teachers; 21 OCS schools host a visiting international teacher.  The district currently hosts the largest contingency of Chinese guest teachers in the United States.  OCS has formalized ongoing partnerships with eight countries and numerous cities contained within; 24 schools participate in these partnerships and we continue to develop additional partnerships.

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