Partners Program

Our one-day workshop is held at a different North Carolina school campus each year specifically for World View Partners. This program will help kick-off your new school year with an introduction to 21st century global issues, globalization, and global education. This workshop is for every teacher, no matter the subject area or the grade level. Teachers also will have the opportunity to learn new classroom teaching strategies for integrating global content into their curriculum.

The program is free for participants attending from Partner schools and districts.* One CEU credit is given for successful completion of the workshop.

CMS city backdropOur 2015 Partners Program, Navigating Global Literacies: Exploring 21st Century Classroom Connections, will be held on August 6, 2015. Please join co-sponsor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, at Butler High School for a full day of professional learning centered around global issues and literacy.

If you are an educator from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, please register through your central office.

*Educators from non-World View Partner schools and districts interested in attending the Aug 6 event, please call World View.

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Featured Speakers

ryeRye Barcott. Rye Barcott co-founded the non-governmental organization Carolina For Kibera to prevent violence through participatory development. He served in the Marine Corps and earned master’s degrees from Harvard University, where he was a Social Entrepreneurship Fellow. A TED Fellow, he lives in North Carolina and works at Double Time Capital, a clean energy investment firm that he co-founded with another Marine veteran. It Happened on the Way to War is his first book. He wrote it for students and speaks frequently at high schools and colleges across the country.


hom_sabet_tavangarHoma Sabet Tavangar. Homa Sabet Tavangar is the author of the widely-acclaimed, Random House/Ballantine Books release, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World, named a “Best New Parenting Book” by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine, and hailed by national education and business leaders.  She has worked with organizations ranging from the World Bank and USAID to Education First (EF), PBS Parents, Sprout TV, and Prior to turning her sights to global education and parenting, Tavangar spent 20 years working in global competitiveness, organizational,and  business and international development. Born in Iran, she also has lived in East and West Africa, South America and throughout the U.S. She holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She speaks four languages and her religious heritage includes four of the world’s major faiths. 

Schedule at at Glance*

7:30-8:30am REGISTRATION
8:30-9:00am WELCOME
Charlé LaMonica, Director
World View, UNC-Chapel HillBrian Schultz, Chief Academic Officer
Charlotte-Mecklenburg SchoolsJulie Kinnaird, Assistant Director
World View, UNC-Chapel Hill
Homa Sabet Tavangar, Author
Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World and
The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners
10:30-10:45am BREAK [Please visit exhibits in atrium.]
Concurrent sessions will focus on global issues and strategies and resources for
integrated global literacy in teaching. 
11:45-1:00pm LUNCH

2:00-2:15pm BREAK [Please visit exhibits in atrium.]
Rye Barcott, TED Fellow and Author
It Happened on the Way to War
CEO, DoubleTime Capital and Cofounder, Carolina for Kibera
Charlé LaMonica, Director
World View, UNC-Chapel Hill

*Schedule is subject to change.

Session Descriptions

Integrating cultural lessons into the primary grades using SIOP and Whole Brain Teaching
Tabitha Miller and Jacqueline Saavedra, Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Teachers, Collinswood Language Academy, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Because teachers must first be able to reach (and differentiate for) all students, we will cover how SIOP and Whole Brain Teaching strategies provide a framework for language acquisition and keep the class in the target language. Since students will understand (and say and write) more, they can handle much more culture at the earlier ages. With the framework in place, we will show how to infuse age-appropriate, student-relevant culture into the curriculum.
Global Connections for Literacy…and More
Sue Elder, NC Geographic Alliance Steering Committee Member, North Carolina Geographic Alliance
This session will give educators global connections for literacy, web-based resources and ideas for incorporating global content in the classroom every day.
Global Education Tools for Elementary Learners
Homa Sabet Tavangar, Author
Join Homa Tavangar, school advisor and author of the acclaimed book, Growing Up Global and the Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners in an exploration of how to connect global perspectives and tools to passions and interests (of teachers as well as students). In the session participants will look at how to integrate global competencies into any topic of study and explore other key areas covered in the Global Education Toolkit, like getting more buy-in from staff and volunteers, forming meaningful partnerships with the wider community, and using technology and service to others to create deeper learning and human connection. The goal is to come away with inspiration to sustain efforts for bringing the world home.
Making Global Connections, Grades 2-3
Staci Lorich, 3rd Grade Team Leader and Samantha Carver, 2nd Grade Team Leader, Military and Global Leadership Academy, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
The Military and Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis provides a rigorous, traditional academic learning environment for students. The program is designed to develop students’ problem solving, leadership, creative, and critical thinking skills. Join 2nd and 3rd Grade Level Chairs from MGLA who will share their school wide global connections activities connected to the NC Standard Course of Study, particularly to current standards for Elementary Social Studies, Mathematics, and English Language Arts.
Where Literacy Takes Me…
Emily Liebtag and Michelle Macumber, Managers of Curriculum and Instructional Design,
VIF International Education
Why global literacy? And what does this look like in the elementary classroom? Curriculum designers and global educators will engage participants in an interactive discussion and workshop about the whys and hows of effective literacy practices in the classroom. Participants will review global literacy resources collaboratively developed by curriculum designers and global classroom teachers and will have the opportunity to explore and create their own global literacy activity.
Addressing the Cultural Literacy Gap
Mary Campbell, ESL Teacher, Melanie Ragin, Talent Development Teacher, and Erin Roberts, 4th Grade Teacher, Berewick Elementary School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
This session addresses the cultural literacy gap in America, as evident through NAEP studies, data from the National Center for Cultural Responsive Educational Systems, and literature from Harvard Professor E.D. Hirsch. Jr. Our session will introduce the cultural literacy gap and then provide ways to address this gap using 21st century skills in the classroom such as: vocabulary acquisition using communication and collaboration, project-based learning with a focus on creativity and critical thinking skills, and the reading/writing connection with a focus on all four of the big “C’s” of 21st Century Skills. Our unique group of presenters, including an ESL Teacher, a TD teacher, and a classroom teacher aim to provide a toolbox of strategies for other teachers to use to help address the cultural literacy gap within their classrooms, schools, districts, and communities. We will model and show student work samples for how each of us incorporates 21st century skills into our classes/groups to make a positive impact on the cultural literacy gap with our students.
Building Global Schools
Teresa Warner, Assistant Principal, Cumberland County Schools
Through district building and classroom leadership, schools and districts can be transformed. The session will review North Carolina standards for school executives and teachers. Additionally, participants will learn practical ways to implement global programs with community support.
Effective Real-World Online Collaboration with students Inside and Outside Your Classroom
Donald B. Mace, Math and Computer Programming Teacher, Providence High School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Have you ever wanted to collaborate with others outside your classroom, but thought that you didn’t have the time or the knowledge? Effective Real-World Online Collaboration will help you and your students “Navigate Globally.” Learn about free online tools that EVERYONE can use to collaborate on writing projects, coding projects or anything else you can think of that will help your students connect with a global society. Gain hands-on experience with these tools so that you will be more confident as you lead your students. Help your students become more confident in their ability to collaborate online with others.
The End of Memorizing Dates and Dead People: Conceptualizing the Social Studies Classroom
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Amanda Berger, Social Studies and ELA Teacher, Jay M. Robinson Middle School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Memorization does not lead to critical thinking, but making connections across thematic chapters does. If we want our students to learn and have fun in our social studies classrooms, then we need to bring in a more generalized, “puzzle-piece” approach. This interactive presentation will explain the importance of conceptual learning and showcase how this style has been successfully utilized in one bilingual school through the use of bulletin boards, interactive notebooks, reviews games and wall space. Through the use of primary source analysis, teachers will be better able to assist their students with making connections on DBQ and thematic essays.
Trending Now: Teaching Global Awareness via Internet Tools & Social Media
Steven Rusk and John Conway, History Teachers, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
The world has undergone a transformation in how information is shared and dispersed. This revolution has helped crown kings of popular culture and toppled governments alike. In an increasingly globalized and online world, it is important for students to understand global trends (political, economic, and social) and how technology influences cultural diffusion.
Using Hip Hop for Global Literacy: Exploring the Arab Uprisings through Lyrical Texts
Emma Harver, Outreach and Program Coordinator, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations
In this session, teachers will connect their students to the Middle East through hip hop. Hip hop played a major role in garnering support and enthusiasm for the revolutions of the Arab Uprisings. Join this session to learn more about hip hop’s role in the uprisings as well as contemporary Arab American artists. We will emphasize teaching figurative language by analyzing song lyrics, and address other literacy skills including compare/contrast, summarizing, inferring/concluding, identifying purpose and more. Teachers will gain lesson plan ideas and online resources.
Visual Literacy: Creating Global Connections
Jennifer Burgher, Visual Arts Teacher, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Art is referred to as “the universal language,” and rightfully so, as it can teach us about the beauty of cultural differences. This ability to interpret art and images is visual literacy. Attendees will explore and examine artworks by contemporary artist, Kehinde Wiley and classical portraiture to interpret past and present global views. This activity will create connections across content areas and provide methods for teaching visual literacy.
What We Brought From Our Countries: Using the Graphic Novel “The Arrival” in the Middle and High School Classroom
Justine H. Busto, ESL English Teacher, East Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Join high school teacher Justine Busto and learn how she uses a graphic novel, Shaun Tan’s “The Arrival”, as an exemplary text and how it can be used not just in the ESL classroom, but also in mainstream language arts and content areas such as social studies and math. The novel illustrates the journey of an immigrant to a strange, new land. Students are inspired to speak, write, and reflect on their own immigration experiences.
Get the G.I.S.T.: The journey to a Global Immersion School
Heather LaJoie, Mathematics Teacher, Martha Deiss, Social Studies Teacher, and Deb Semmler, Physics Teacher, East Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
East Mecklenburg High School has spent 2014-2015 on a global journey, exploring how to immerse students and staff in global issues and competencies. Anchoring the discussion through Food, Sustainability and Peace, a small group of teachers has explored issues of teacher and student engagement and how to effect change at a whole-school level.
Students, Teachers and Communities as Co-learners in the Digital Age
Dr. Kalahasti Ramesh, Science and Mathematics Teacher, South Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Once it was meant that a person was educated with a diploma was competent to function in the world. But as we move into the 21st century in addition to reading and writing, digital technology has added other literacies such as information literacy, media literacy, computer literacy, new literacy to mention a few. Is man for technology or technology for man? The role of community in the context of civic and personal competency will be discussed. Instruction that addresses 21st century skills: critical thinking, dialectical ability, problem-solving, collaboration and communication will be discussed based on the presenter’s experience as an educator in India, Japan, Singapore and the United States.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks: Multicultural Literature in the Classroom
Alexandria Faulkenbury, Program Associate, World View
From the New York Times to Twitter, the outcry for diverse children’s literature has reached new heights. Voices of students, educators and parents have banded together in a grassroots campaign to promote increased multicultural themes and characters in children’s books. This interactive session will explore this movement, the history of multicultural literature and the challenges faced today. We will discuss concrete strategies and resources for evaluating and incorporating texts in the classroom. This session is appropriate for multiple disciplines and grade levels.
Assessing Leading-edge Language Programs in Your School using the Global Ready Schools Rubric
Ann Marie Gunter, K-12 World Languages Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
This session will focus on the variety of K-12 world language programs that can be initiated and/or expanded in your school(s) as part of your Global Ready Schools Designation application and/or Global Education program. To help you and your team assess your progress with building K-12 world language programming, we will utilize the key elements of the Leading-edge Language Instruction portion of the rubric from the NC Global-Ready Schools Designation. Information about different programming options, such as dual language/immersion models and critical needs languages, will be shared, in addition to the research on the impact of language learning: higher academic achievement, greater cognitive development, biliteracy, and enhanced career opportunities. We will preview the free state resources available to support the launch or growth of a language program that fits your community’s needs and prepares your students for a globalized world.
Do you Kahoot!? Do you Skype? How to blend the two.
Christine Clark, Media Specialist, McClintock Middle School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Come learn how to use Skype + Kahoot! to globally connect classrooms from around the world to share in a learning experience using the gaming platform Kahoot!. As classrooms evolve, barriers are removed and we make space for interacting with a world outside of the school doors – creative collaborations are being fostered and making the way for global citizens through international critical thinking. Use Skype + Kahoot! to globally connect classrooms from around the world to share a learning experience.
Feeding 9 Billion and Beyond – The Importance of Scientific Literacy in Global Food Security
Greg Pillar, William S. Lee Professor and Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Queens University
The projected increase in human population (over 9 billion by 2050) will necessitate a 50-75% increase in food production or access. In the last decade efforts to recruit and prepare highly-skilled individuals for careers in agriculture, renewable energy and environmental management have fallen short of those needed. If we are to address significant and looming global issues such as food security a sustained and systemic effort is needed to not only prepare future scientists and agronomics but to create scientific literate consumers, educators, advocates and policymakers. This session will discuss the importance of bridging the scientific literacy divide in order to address global food security and other global issues in environmental stewardship, sustainability and management of our mineral and energy resources.
Global-Ready Schools and Global Educator Digital Badging
Fay Gore, Section Chief for K-12 Social Studies and NC Character Education Coordinator, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
This informational session will provide an overview of the strategic plan for Global Education in North Carolina as outlined in the State Board of Education’s Task Force on Global Education Final Report. Specifics on the Global Educator Digital Badge and Global-Ready School/District designations will be highlighted and resources shared.
Going Global – Connections with Global Activities and Literacy
Kathy Beck, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Iredell-Statesville Schools
This session will explore Google Lit Trips – free downloadable files that “mark the journeys of characters from literature around the surface of Google Earth.” A large variety of Google Lit Trip titles available and organized by grade level will be discussed. Additionally, this session will explore Google Tour Builder, which allows users to choose books students are reading and build a literacy tour. Google Tour Builder works with any book that travels to multiple real world locations. Tour Builder is suitable for upper elementary, middle and high school students. A variety of web tools and apps to support global exploration will also be shared.
Hunger in the Global and Local Community
Shay Merritt, Executive Director, Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk
As members of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community, we are all stakeholders in the current and future status of our community.  Poverty and hunger are community issues best that must be addressed using community resources including our money and our time. Who is poor in Charlotte? What keeps people who are poor trapped in the poverty cycle?  How can we help?  The Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk is an excellent opportunity for teachers to tie poverty/hunger study units directly to projects and community service hours.  Every student who walks in the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk and takes part in CROP Day activities will receive 3 hours community service. There are opportunities for interested students to do more work for more hours.  We have study guides and suggested lesson plans to share.
Involving Latino Families in Schools
Stacie Thompson, Spanish Teacher, Cuthbertson High School, Union County Public Schools
In this session educators will learn how to reach out to and involve Latino families in the educational process here in the U.S. Participants will also learn ways to transform their school to enhance teaching and learning for Latino students. This session is a must see for learning strategies on raising achievement of Latino students by informing parents of the educational process and making them feel welcome in your school.
It Happened on the Way to War, A Discussion with Rye Barcott
Rye Barcott, Author
Join author Rye Barcott for a discussion and prequel to his keynote talk.  Rye wrote It Happened on the Way to War specifically for students and has presented to more than 100 schools during first year reading programs, commencements, and other events.  Rye will share a bit about the book and why it is an important read for teachers and students alike.
Make Global Impact in Your Classroom with Carolina Navigators
Elizabeth Bucrek, Carolina Navigators Program Manager, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
In this interactive session the presenter will share how Carolina Navigators makes it easy to for teachers to make a global impact in their classrooms. An innovative service-learning program, Carolina Navigators works with UNC-Chapel Hill students to create free global education resources and events for K-12 teachers and students across North Carolina. Participants will go on a virtual tour of available global education resources and discuss how to integrate them into the K-12 curriculum.
Serving Refugee Families
Susan Jassan, Facilitator for Refugee Youth Program, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charlotte
This session will outline the refugee resettlement process.  It will provide information about challenges refugee children and parents face when attempting to integrate into the U.S. educational system.  It will also highlight strengths and skills refugee families can utilize to ease the transition and discuss how school staff can support those strengths.
Social Media Literacy in the Classroom
Lauren Schultz, Media Coordinator, Independence High School
Robin Williams, Media Coordinator, Myers Park High School
Beth Slater, Media Coordinator, Northwest School of the Arts
Pam Lilley, Media Coordinator, Cornelius Elementary School
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Today’s students are digital natives that use social media as both a method of communication and a primary source of obtaining information. Rather than suppress or dismiss the use of social media networks, teachers should use social media to promote the best possible educational outcomes for students. An effective use of social media will allow teachers to flip the classroom, extend learning beyond school hours, and beyond the classroom walls. This session will equip teachers with the skills to use social media to engage students in content, promote diverse forms of literacy, and to create effective users of information.
Teaching Social Skills Through Global Literacy
Holly Lambert, Choral Music Teacher and Katherine Willenbrock, Principal, Lincoln Heights Academy, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
According to, students need the skills “…to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age…” These skills include adaptability, self-direction, and responsibility. This session will focus on our efforts at Lincoln Heights Academy to teach these life skills through a global lens using global stories of everyday people that have overcome adversities.
Teach with Cultural Intelligence
Carrie Wagner, Global Education Consultant
This session is an introduction to the Cultural Intelligence Model for developing the skills and knowledge necessary for today’s borderless classrooms. Participants will assess their own cultural framework and biases, while exploring the myriad of cultural dynamics present in their classrooms and beyond. They will engage in discussions on how cultural values and beliefs and racial/ethnic/socio‐economic statuses impact learning environments.
The World Wide Media Center
Karen Van Vliet, Library Media Coordinator, Iredell Statesville School
Fostering relationships is the first step in building a community of collaborators.  Media specialists working together with teachers can help curate a collection of global resources that can be used to explore, problem solve or create projects with a global focus. With an emphasis on active learning, awareness and cultural understanding, this session will showcase the ease of access and the use of information from a variety of sources. A wide selection of websites that support a global perspective within any content specific curriculum will be shared.
Traveling Around the World – Making Your Classroom Fun through Global Connections
Jill Murphy, Director of Teacher Relations and Chris Sherman, Chief Financial Officer
Teachers-2-Teachers International
Classroom tasks come alive when students recognize that teaching and learning occur in a cultural and social context. This presentation will describe a process, designed primarily for math instruction, but adaptable to other subjects, to help teachers make meaningful global connections. Participants will practice using stories from around the world to enhance students’ emotional engagement.
UNICEF Global Action in Your Classroom
Scott Hirschfeld, Director of Education, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
The international community is faced with increasingly complex humanitarian crises which place children at significant risk. On average, UNICEF responds to more than two hundred emergencies every year, both natural and human-made. Now, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF brings that work to classrooms through a new resource: UNICEF ACT. In this session, participants will receive and explore copies of these colorful, informative student magazines, which focus on topics including health, natural disaster, hunger, war and climate and environment. They will also be introduced to the suite of educator lessons and resources that accompany the magazines, learning about different models for using the materials depending on their grade level, subject and availability. Participants will leave with turnkey ideas for bringing global citizenship to any classroom.
Why Culture Matters
Carina Brossy, Outreach Specialist, World View
Everyone has cultural values. They shape how we see the world, ourselves and others. This session introduces the four building blocks of culture and explores the basic dimensions of cultural differences and similarities. Participants also will learn how globalization, localization and media play a large part in shaping cultural perspectives in the 21st century.
Working with Latino Immigrant Populations in K-12 Schools
Stacie Thompson, Spanish Teacher, Cuthbertson High School, Union County Public Schools
This session will include cross-cultural communication techniques necessary for interacting with Latino immigrant populations. The session will also include an introduction to select ESOL and multicultural education resources.
Writing for Social Justice in a Globalized 21st Century
Dr. Katie Stover, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Masters in Literacy, Furman University
In this session, participants will learn about how to foster authentic, real world writing experiences in the classroom. Bomer and Bomer (2004) advocate for the inclusion of writing for social justice in the curriculum in order for students to better understand themselves and the global world around them. In today’s digital age, access to information and the ability to communicate with a wide audience is easier than ever. Using a critical literacy framework, examples of student work that demonstrate the power in the pen to advocate for important social causes will be shared. Suggestions for classroom implementation will be shared with participants.

Readings and Study Guide
Video:  Mastering Global Literacy, Heidi Hayes Jacobs.  Available at:

Reading:  Mansilla, Jessica Boix and Jackson, Anthony. “Chapter II: Understanding the World through Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Study.” In: Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World. CCSSO/Asia Society, 2011. PAGES 11-18.  Available at:


Hotel Information

The following hotels are within four miles of Butler High School, where the program will be held on August 6, 2015. Please book your rooms early as hotels tend to fill up quickly.

Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly or by visiting the hotel’s website.

Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly or by visiting the hotel’s website.

Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly or by visiting the hotel’s website.

Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly or by visiting the hotel’s website.

Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly or by visiting the hotel’s website..