Spotlight on Partner Schools and Colleges

In a growing effort to highlight the important work of World View’s partner school districts, schools, and colleges, we will regularly feature global education initiatives from partners across the state, who are “going global”!

We Want to Hear From You:
If you are a World View Partner school district, school, or college and have an important global initiative you would like to make public, please contact Justin Hubbard at or 919/962-9264.

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Creating a Culture of Peace!


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Nicholas K Gattis / Director of Bands at Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis

During the summer of 2011 I was able to accompany a group of twenty students and three coworkers to Concordia Language Village near Bemidji, Minnesota for an Arabic language camp.  Located at the Village is a World Inc. Peace Site where the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” is represented in various languages.  Before we returned home my colleagues and I decided to create one similar on our campus.  Our Art teacher undertook this project alongside her students with support from teachers and donors.  The Peace Garden was completed in the spring of 2013 with 25 languages represented and a display of student and teacher artwork.

Building upon last year’s work we started this school year discussing with our classes about sustainability, service, and peace.  In my previous post I noted how my high school class facilitated a peace activity with a first grade class based on the folk tale ‘Stone Soup’ incorporating how working together can create peace.  That lesson promotes peace, arts integration, literacy, creativity, and so many other wonderful skills.  Furthermore, as September 21 approaches we are celebrating the International Day of Peace by asking our students their definition of peace and, ‘what will you do to make peace?’

The student responses were honest and heartfelt. They demonstrated the true spirit of a peaceful lifestyle and our diversity is celebrated throughout the video.  As a global leadership academy we included messages from our foreign language teachers so we may reach as many people outside our campus as possible.  It is a great feeling to be able to work with so many teachers who are united in this cause and willing to strive to provide a diverse education for our students.

Please take a moment from your busy day and enjoy our International Day of Peace message.  Share with your friends.  We would like to have another school send us a message in return!

See what peace in means in various languages to our friends over at Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis, as we commemorate International Day of Peace 2013!


Becoming 21st Century Learners

In today’s world we hear much about teaching our students about 21st century skills in education.  Monique St. Louis  and her instructional technology facilitator, Debbie Dale, are doing just that by infusing the fifth grade Common Core and Essential Standards into real world digital technology projects at Valdese Elementary School.  They are creating an environment that teaches students to think for themselves, have a sense of global awareness, and gain respect for other people’s cultures and ways of thinking from around the world.  HITEC visit to Valdese EL

Last December, a group of individuals consisting of students, teachers, instructional technology facilitators, and principals from a prominent school in Pakistan, Heavy Industries Taxila Education City (HITEC), visited with fifth-graders at Valdese Elementary School.  HITEC is a campus comprised of several schools, colleges and institutions.  Grades range from Pre-K to University level. The visitors have been working with schools in Ashe and Watauga County over the last two years. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of State and Appalachian State University is implementing it. Arshard Bashir, currently an ASU doctoral student, is leading this international effort. 

The HITEC visitors engaged fifth-grade students at Valdese Elementary with a presentation on their culture, which was also shared virtually via a web-conference with Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School (Jacksonville, NC) facilitated by their Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) teacher, Cathy Dalimonte.  This meeting also allowed Mrs. St. Louis, Mrs. Dalimonte and their students to collaborate with the educational visitors from Pakistan on a Global Ecosystem project. 

Students from around the world used technology to plan and develop projects on the ecosystems found in their region.  Regions represented for this project range from the deciduous forests in the foothills of NC to the coast of  NC, to the swamps of South Florida, to the  rain forest of Vietnam, to the biomes found in Pakistan.  This project will allow students to learn with the world not just about it.

Monique St.Louis is a fifth grade teacher at Valdese Elementary School in Burke County. She is coordinating with Dr. Bashir another visit of 15 students and 9 teachers and staff from Pakistan in November. Like the ecosystems project, St.Louis and Dalimonte are also preparing a globalized weather unit for 5thgraders.


Read Around the World
March 8, 2013
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Have you ever traveled over 75,000 miles…in one day?!  The first graders at Traphill Elementary School (Wilkes County, NC) have!  Virtually!

To celebrate Read Across America, first grade teacher Kristi Day planned an unforgettable experience, Read Around the World.  Mrs. Day knows the importance of giving her young students global experiences that expose them to cultures, races, and places from around the globe.

The idea began last year after Mrs. Day asked a friend who was deployed to Afghanistan to Skype in and read a book to her class.  It grew from there!  Last year students were involved in nine Skype calls.  This year (thanks to the help of friends, family, and World View scholars!) students were able to talk with, read to, and listen to eighteen people spanning five continents and 75,464 miles.

These calls began first thing Friday morning and continued well into the night.  To truly experience time differences, the students brought sleeping bags and spent the night at school.  In between Skype calls, they watched Dr. Seuss movies, danced with the Wii, and created with Legos.  The local Chick-fil-a donated delicious chicken nuggets for dinner.

The first call of the day was with a class of students in England, who were also celebrating reading.  They were dressed as various book characters.  Later, students listened to “The Giving Tree”, which the caller (Avital) translated from Hebrew.  A class of 2nd and 3rd graders in Mexico City read the students Dr. Seuss books!  A translator in New Zealand came from the “future” (or 18 hours) and taught the students how to sign the alphabet after reading “Rainbow Fish”.  Abigail (a WorldView scholar in India) was dressed in traditional Indian attire as she read “All the Places to Love”.  These first graders practiced saying hello, goodbye, and thank you in Hebrew, Spanish, French, Japanese, Arabic, Danish, Czech, Vietnamese, and Polish!

6 of the 18 volunteers are from WorldView’s Global WebFriends Program (through UNC-Chapel Hill).  14 of the 18 calls were international.  But the students did not know that beforehand!  Along with a student-signed copy of their assigned book, Mrs. Day sent each caller a list of clues about their location.  Before they read the book, the volunteers read the clues to the students, as they used globes and maps to find the mystery location!

After making (and eating!) their own pancakes, green eggs, and ham, the first graders at Traphill headed home with an experience they will never forget.

Kristi Day is a first grade teacher at Traphill Elementary School in Wilkes County.


First grade students at Shady Grove Elementary School in Davie County have a new international pen pal thanks to the on-line, international postcard exchange program,

About once a week, students buckle themselves in and prepare to virtually travel around the world.  Their first postcrossing location is Roth, Germany, which was assigned to them randomly by postcrossing.  A satellite view of Google Maps is projected in their classroom, and they imagine they are taking off in a rocket or a jet.  They “flew” to Roth and explored the geography of the country, including an important piece of information to the students – Roth’s proximity to the beach!

The class’s first pen pal in Roth enjoys art and museums, so the students sent him a postcard with an image of an exhibit at the South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in nearby Winston-Salem.  They also asked him questions about his life in Germany that make faraway places more relatable, like whether or not there is a McDonald’s in Roth.  Each virtual trip will build upon this first experience as students think more critically about the people in new places they explore.  This international experience will be followed by many more in this first grade class, and will hopefully prepare the students to be lifelong international explorers!

Melinda Szeliga is a first grade teacher at Shady Grove Elementary School in Davie County.  

POPLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Union County Public Schools


Students in seven classes at Poplin Elementary are participating in the Global Children’s Challenge (GCC), a worldwide health initiative designed to instill in children the habit and importance of daily exercise for the rest of their lives. During the challenge, every child receives a pedometer to track their daily step count and to measure their activity levels against the goals they are encouraged to achieve. Their daily steps in the real world take them on an amazing web-based adventure in online.  At each virtual location, students learn about the history, geography and culture.

The students have a daily goal of 10,000 to 15,000 steps. Fourth Grade Teacher Melissa Kite said, “The children are so excited to have the pedometers to track their steps each day! We are logging our individual daily steps as well as our combined classroom daily steps. Then as we enter our steps, we travel around the globe through an interactive website. We have now left the continent and have moved onto the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and Angel Falls, Venezuela. We also have also visited two separate stops in the Amazon Jungle in Venezuela, and we are now in Cape Town, South Africa.” Fourth grader Rosy Francis said “I want to go around the world before it is over.” Francis’s goal is 20,000 steps a day. 

From geography and social studies to history and technology, students are learning about the world as they challenge themselves by seeing how many steps they can take each day. 

Beth Medlin is the Media Coordinator at Poplin Elementary School in Union County.

The Global Children’s Challenge is becoming a popular activity among World View Partner schools.  In the winter 2012 issue of Think Global, Richlands Elementary in Onslow County was featured participating in the GCC as well.  Is your school participating in the GCC or another engaging global event? Let us know about it so we can spread the word!

MORGAN SCHOOL, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools


The vision of Morgan School is to become the finest comprehensive separate day school for students with serious emotional and behavioral disabilities. An important part of our vision is the strong belief that exceptional children are capable of learning new behaviors and academic skills that will foster success in school, society, and the global world in which we live.
One way we strive to do this is by holding an annual International Festival. This year we set aside the entire month of February for students and staff to engage in international activities. Each day students announced an international fact, and a weekly Quiz Bowl was held with globally themed prizes. Grade level teams created display boards and tables forstudents to take a tour around the world. Students also heard from two Peace Corps volunteers and participated in a question and answer session about the countries in which they served.
The culminating event was perhaps the most exciting for our students. Parents, guests, staff, and students arrived in the gymnasium for the International Festival where they checked in with their passports. Students were able to tour the world and collect passport stamps from the countries they visited. Each student received a global gift bag full of fun and educational treats. Last but not least, we held a globally-minded “In Your Face” pie throwing contest! Throughout the month of February, the Global Professional Learning Community (PLC) collected change for Heifer International, a global organization focused on community development. Students were asked to place change in the jar of the staff member they would like to see get a pie in the face. The Global PLC raised $71 in change for Heifer International through this contest, proving that students really can “change” the world!

Holly Lambert is Music Teacher and Global PLC Facilitator at Morgan School 

JOYNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Wake County Public Schools


A team of teachers and staff from Joyner Elementary School recently returned from Haiti. What began with a guest speaker two years ago has evolved into a three year, school-wide initiative and  joint partnership with parents and members of the community to reach out across borders and help those in need.

The journey began in 2010 when the third graders wanted to “Help Heal Haiti.” The students investigated and decided there was an urgent need for clean water and hygiene items. They brainstormed an action plan with ways to help. Students donated supplies and made over 400 hygiene kits, but this was just the beginning. Joyner families participated in fundraising events to provide life-saving water filtration systems, first-aid kits, play ground equipment, school kits, and vitamins. Through Convoy of Hope, an international non-profit organization, twelve Joyner teachers and staff united with parents and community members to deliver the supplies, hugs, hope, and love to orphans in Port Au Prince.

The Haiti Team Members left Raleigh last summer full of hope and anticipation.  They traveled to orphanages, teaching about hygiene and using clean water.  Water filtration systems were set up, clothes and much needed medical supplies were handed out, and beautiful children were given the love and attention that all kids need and deserve.

Upon returning to Raleigh, the team was energized and excited to integrate their experiences from the trip into lessons and learning opportunities for their students. It was apparent that Joyner Elementary was not ready to end its relationship with Haiti.  A three year commitment with Convoy of Hope was established and new lessons to enrich the students’ global awareness and understanding were developed.

This year, events raised money to buy beds and mattress for two orphanages. Students donated pillows, sheets, towels, and hygiene kits. A new group, consisting of some veteran team members and those inspired to join, headed back to Port Au Prince to continue Joyner’s work there. They returned motivated to do more, eager to share their experiences in Haiti, and ready to return next summer.  Go to  to see Joyner staff in Haiti.

Jennifer Bell is a fifth grade teacher at Joyner Elementary Magnet School. 


By: Preston Spencer | Mooresville Tribune
Published: July 27, 2012

Boen Nutting, Ph.D., principal of Mount Mourne I.B.O. World School, keeps a quote from author Kobi Yamada taped to the inside of her desk that reads, “Some experiences simply do not translate, you have to go to know.”

Nutting said never has the message ever rang truer than on a recent two-week trip she and Michael Thier, coordinator of South Iredell High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, made to Senegal to participate in a global education conference.

The conference, sponsored by World View, which was established in 1998 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to foster communication between cultures and education systems, brought together 19 educators from across North Carolina to learn how a different culture educates its people.

“One of the main ideas of IB is that we are charged with teaching peace within our school,” said Nutting. “We’re teaching children about the world and how people all over the world live differently. … It’s hard to teach the world if you haven’t seen much of the world, so (the trip was) an opportunity to open our eyes.”

Thier said the conference, held June 18 to June 30 in and around Dakar, Senegal, typically began each day with a lecture and then a practical activity or trip that related to the lecture. He recalled one speaker, Senegalese rapper Thiat, also a co-founder of a youth-led grassroots social movement in the country that translates to “Enough is Enough,” who brought with him a spirit that Thier said he wished he could instill in his own students.

“He was very inspiring because he gave a very clear sense of how the youth developed so much political value in (Senegal’s last) election,” said Thier. “They basically toppled a president that was corrupt. They proved that democracy works. That’s a passion and optimism about voting that I would love to see in 18-year-old voters.”

The World View group, the participants of which ranged from a kindergarten teacher to a community college administrator, made several visits to elementary and middle schools in a rural setting, a business university and interacted with several Senegalese educators and families. Thier said he met with several native artists on the trip and was planning on bringing their technique and perspective into Iredell County classrooms in the next year.

“I can make that connection, even if we do it online, with my art teacher at South Iredell and this well-known, famous artist and they can interact with Skype,” Thier said. “This opens up new horizons for my art teacher.”

The goal of the trip, Thier said, is to raise the overall level of global education in Iredell-Statesville Schools. He said Nutting and he had “idea after idea after idea” about how to use their experience and would spend time this summer developing strategies to teach what they learned.

“You sit down and you try to say, ‘How can I talk about this experience and how it’s changed my life?’ And it’s hard to sum that up,” Nutting said. “It will be difficult for us to convey that. One thing that Thier and I talked about is something called the cultural iceberg, and if you teach children only about flags, festivals and food, then you really aren’t teaching them about someone else’s culture. There’s so much more to that iceberg that’s under the water.”

For more information about Iredell-Statesville Schools’ global initiatives, contact Statesville High School’s IB Coordinator Michael Thier at


What time is it in Delhi?  Students at Shady Grove Elementary can tell you!  The cafeteria walls  are lined with clocks that are set to the times of several different countries around the world.  Their Kindergarten classes check the weather in India each day and compare the climate to ours here in the United States.  In the Art Department, the students are creating masterpieces that reflect the countries that each grade level focuses on throughout the curriculum.  The art teacher traveled with World View to Brazil, and her 5th graders designed illustrations of Brazilian Capoeira (a tradition of dance mixed with martial arts) to be put on display during the annual ‘Art in the Garden’ show.  Students are also participate in a project where they mail their handmade art trading cards to other students around the world.  Principal Gildein traveled to Costa Rica recently with several teachers and students, and the school is preparing for their upcoming trips to Rome and Paris this spring.

For more information about Shady Grove’s global integration please contact Principal Maureen Gildein at or (336) 998-4719.


In 2006, World View offered a trip to China for North Carolina Educators. Gerald Waller, an Electrical/Electronics Instructor with a career in the movie industry in Wilmington, NC, went on the trip to record it through video and pictures. When he returned, he created a video titled “Faces of China”.  This video allowed Gerald to share the trip with students, faculty, and staff. Gerald has also documented other World View trips to India, Brazil, and Honduras.  These videos led to the creation of the Faces of the World website at This website contains global video clips, pictures, and lesson plans. When the college redesigned its Success and Study Skills course (ACA 115), a globalization assignment was added which requires students to view two of the videos and write a reaction paper on one of the videos.  Through these videos, students are able to explore countries’ education, culture, and history.  The video “Faces of India 2011,” from a World View trip in January 2011, was shown during International Education Week at the college.

For more information on the website or how the videos have been incorporated into the ACA course you can visit


At Johnston Community College in Smithfield, a variety of resources came together to provide a unique opportunity for students to connect to the rhythms of West Africa and develop a deeper appreciation of the cultural traditions of Ghana. In 2009, fine arts instructor Dennis deJong received a $750 World View and UNC Center for Global Initiatives grant award to add the module “African Drumming – Exploring Traditionalistic Music” to the course Music Appreciation 110. The module provided opportunities for students to hear and explore music outside the Western musical perspective.  By combining the resources from the World View-CGI grant and special equipment funds from the Windley Endowment, ground work was laid to begin a World Percussion Ensemble at the college.  Under the leadership of Ibrahim Sylla, renowned djembe (skin-covered drum) artist, this new ensemble grew to spotlight North Carolina students on authentic percussion instruments of Ghana and gained a campus and community-wide following. Driving rhythms and polished grooves have become the ensembles’ hallmark.  As evident in the remarks of student Nathaniel Jones, “In Ibrahim’s class, we developed a profound appreciation for a means of expression much older than the barriers of language.  When the rhythms would lock, he’d smile, and that’s when we knew we were a part of another culture’s praxis that can only be felt and heard.  He deserves credit for everything he did for his students.”

For more information about this global project, contact Johnston Community College Music Program Coordinator Dennis de Jong at


Students, teachers, and administration across Duplin County are “traveling around the world” by imbedding global concepts and a global culture into daily instruction.  One only has to walk through the hallways to see that staff and students at North Duplin Elementary School have fully embraced the Global Schools concept, providing a model for the county and region.  Brightly colored bulletin boards fill the hallways with sports, animals, native dress and customs of continents and countries.  A display in the gymnasium teaches students common greetings from around the world.  A “Hall of Continents” displaying flags from various countries and “World Wall” lend to the ambiance of the building.  One teacher noted how students are quick to point out “their” adopted country’s flag and continent as they travel down the “Hall of Continents.”  “We live in a global society.  As a school system, we want to bring the globe, the world to our students,” explains Superintendent Austin Obasohan.  “Around the world students are learning about the United States.  We must do the same for our students to prepare them to live and work in the world today.”  As one teacher stated, “There is much truth embedded within the lyrics of the song, ‘It’s a Small World After All.’”

For more information about Duplin County Schools’ global initiatives, contact Associate Superintendent Cary Powers at