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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The Afghan Sister Schools Partnership Invites You to the Premiere of Hello My Friend

Join the Afghan Sister Schools Partnership (ASSP) for a short film chronicling two schools, a world apart, committed to building bridges of peace and friendship through the shared belief that peace and education are the rights of children everywhere.

Special Guest Speaker
Noorin Nazari is a longtime friend of the ASSP and has over 10 years of experience in the education sector in South Asia, including Afghanistan. She has a MIDP from Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Education’s Program on Societies, Cultures and Languages. Ms. Nazari will draw on her experiences with Topchi students in Afghanistan, share insights from her most recent visit to Afghanistan, and talk about the opportunities and challenges facing the education sector there. She will also discuss her current research interests with regard to religious radicalization in the educational systems of Islamic countries.

Who: All are invited
When: Sunday, January 29th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: Carolina Friends School, Upper School Meeting Hall, 4809 Friends School Road, Durham NC 27705 (located between Chapel Hill and Durham, off of NC-86N and Erwin Rd.)

For more information on the Afghan Sister Schools Partnership, click here.

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University of North Georgia – Federal Service Language Academy: Accepting Applications from Students!

UNGThe University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the 7th summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in June and July 2017. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a three-week residential program for students interested in an immersive intensive language experience, fitness, and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. Last year around 60 students from over 15 US states and one foreign countries successfully completed FSLA.

During the two three-week sessions (Session I: June 11-30; Session II: July 09-28), students will be immersed in intensive language instruction in First-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese or Second-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, Japanese, and Portuguese from highly qualified teachers, participate in a daily fitness program, receive career counseling from federal agency representatives (possible agencies include the CIA, DEA, FBI, NSA, Department of State, Homeland Security, the Peace Corps and US Armed Forces), and possibly receive high school credit for successful completion of the academy.

New this year are the addition of FSLA Germany 2017 in Berlin and FSLA France 2017 in Angers, a three-week (July 01-22) language immersion experience. These programs will feature intensive language instruction, cultural excursions, and home stay arrangements with German or French families. This is a Dual Enrollment program with both high school and university German or French credit.  Accepted students must be admitted to UNG. Please see the FSLA website for further details.

For further information, see below for more complete details and visit our web site:

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Library of Congress 2017 Summer Teacher Institutes

logo-locThe Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching.  Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.

While practicing these teaching strategies, attendees will explore some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available in the Library’s collections.  They will also conduct research to identify primary sources and develop an activity related to their classroom content.

Five week-long sessions will be offered this summer:

General Focus – open to K-12 educators across all content areas:

  • June 19-23
  • June 26-30
  • July 10-14

Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach science, technology, or engineering, or collaborate with those who do:

  • July 17-21

WWI Focus – recommended for K-12 educators who teach some aspect of WWI as part of their curriculum, or collaborate with those who do:

  • July 31-August 4

The institute and course materials are provided at no cost. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations.

Applications are due March 17 and require a letter of recommendation.

Learn more and apply here:

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NC_Global_Distinction_3The 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.


The primary components of the initiative include:

  • students complete at least 15 credit hours of globally intensive courses
  • students participate in 8 international activities and dialogue
  • students gain global experience (30 hours of participation in either study abroad or a domestic intercultural experience)
  • students give a capstone presentation related to their global learning participation
  • students completing this program have “Graduated with Global Distinction” on their transcript

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Sarah Brady tapped as World View program coordinator


Sarah Brady has been named program coordinator for World View. She began work Jan. 11.

Brady provides administrative support for World View’s professional development programs for K-12 and community college educators, including logistics, applications, payments, orientations and marketing.

She brings a wealth of experience managing multiple, detail-oriented projects and providing editing, marketing and production assistance for organizations.

Brady most recently served as assistant editor at Workman Publishing in New York City, where she worked with the executive editor to develop and market 15 books, including such bestsellers as What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Prior to that, she was digital editor and business development specialist for TIPS Technical Publishing in Carrboro and an editorial and publicity intern for Algonquin Books in Chapel Hill.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a business certificate from UNC Kenan-Flagler. She studied copy editing and proofreading at New York University School of Professional Studies and, while attending UNC, studied abroad in Cusco, Peru.

Brady may be reached at 919/843-8210 or  Welcome to World View, Sarah!

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Participants wanted for FREE ONLINE Transatlantic Educators Dialogue program at University of Illinois

Transatlantic Educators Dialogue, 2017 – Join now!

ted_imageAre you interested in talking to other teachers about educational issues beyond classroom management? Do you get excited about topics such as immigration, youth culture, notions of the “other” in national identity formation, and education in rural vs. urban contexts? Are you curious about differences in education between the US and other developed (and developing) nations? If so, the European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites you to join a 12-week online program“Transatlantic Educators Dialogue, 2017”.

Teachers, School Administrators, and Education Faculty and Students in the US and Europe are invited to come together once a week (Sundays 12noon-1:30 pm CST in the US) in online sessions to explore a variety of educational topics as they relate to issues of identity and difference. Participants will meet simultaneously online using the Elluminate application; in addition, prior to each session, participants are expected access an online course website to read materials and post responses related to the week’s topic.

The “Transatlantic Educators Dialogue” (TED) program will begin on February 5, 2017 and will conclude on April 30, 2017. Online sessions are 90 minutes. Weekly attendance is not mandatory, but expected and helpful as discussion sessions will be more productive when a variety of perspectives are shared.

All participants enrolled in the program will receive a Certificate of Completion. Up to 30 non-credit professional development contact hours will be recognized:

Up to 30 non-credit Professional Development Hours (PDH) for Illinois teachers;
Up to 3.0 Non-credit University of Illinois Continuing Education Units (CEU) for 30 contact hours for non-Illinois teachers.

Please register online at TED website or by clicking here by January 15, 2017.

Please contact Lucinda Morgan (TED Coordinator) at if you have questions about the program. Enrollment will be selective in order to ensure a diverse geographic participation.

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Islam in America: A Cultural History

New webinar offered for K-12 and Community College Humanities Teachers!

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00-8:30pm EST

Webinar Leader: Ellen McLarney, Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

This webinar will pose the question, “What does it mean to be a Muslim American?” by addressing local and global, national and transnational identities. Through an introduction of a brief history of Islam in America, teachers will gain foundational knowledge necessary for understanding the contemporary cultural life of Muslim Americans. The webinar will then examine civic and religious roles of Muslim Americans as they converge in shared spaces and various community institutions. This webinar will explore the diversity of the Muslim American community, differing concepts of gender roles, and emergent forms of cultural expression. Examining Durham, North Carolina as a case study will provide examples of the diverse spaces, practices, and ethnicities of one Muslim American community as it establishes its identity.

The Islam in America: A Cultural History webinar is free of charge and registration is required. Participants will be sent primary source reading around  two weeks before the webinar. Register at this link:

Please email Elizabeth Taylor, National Humanities Center at with questions. Check out their other webinars at


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