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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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s 2017-2018 Teacher’s Guide

The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center has published their 2017-2018 Teacher’s Guide, which shares their STEM programs for grades K-12.

Morehead offers in-person programs located on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus, as well as mobile visits to a school or classroom. Their catalog breaks down programs by grade level, so K-2 classrooms can attend programs like the “Magic Tree House Space Mission” while grades 9-12 can immerse themselves in more advanced material like “Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter.”

Educators are also invited to take a field trip to the Morehead Planetarium to see a show, a discovery class or a science stage show.

Scholarships are available for schools that qualify for assistance. For more information check out the Teacher’s Guide here.

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Educators Attend World View’s 2017 Partners Program with Onslow County

Hundreds of educators participated in World View’s 2017 Partners Program with Onslow County, “A World of Opportunity.” The daylong professional development event included keynote speakers Phaedra Boinodiris of IBM’s EdTech program and William Ferriter, an author and classroom teacher, as well as more than forty breakout sessions focused on project-based learning, teaching about world regions and religions, support for immigrant families, makerspaces, using Skype in the classroom, differentiation through a global lens and more. Exhibitors ranging from UNC National Resources Centers to the Ackland Art Museum to the North Carolina Battleship provided resources and information for participants. Read more ›

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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 that 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  or visit the web page here.

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