Announcing the 2018 World View Fellows Program: The OVERBook Project on the Environment and Sustainability

K-12 and community college educators of all disciplines from World View partner institutions are invited to apply to the 2018 World View Fellows Program. The OVERBook Project on the Environment and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary professional learning opportunity which aims to deepen educators’ understanding of contemporary global environmental issues and resources for teaching about these issues. The program culminates in the creation of study guides with educator resources created by World View Fellows in connection with photos featured in the Population Institute’s OVERBook. This selective program will accept a total of 12 fellows representing a variety of disciplines across K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and community college.

You can see selected photos featured in the OVERBook in this photo essay published by The Guardian.

K-12 and community college Fellows who successfully complete all program requirements will be eligible for up to 5 CEUs or 50 PDCH and a stipend of $1,000. Fellows will also receive a copy of the OVERBook. The following program costs are covered for participating fellows:

  • Registration fees for the July 19-20 workshop in Chapel Hill.
  • Dinner and lodging in Chapel Hill for one night during the July workshop
  • Registration fees for the K-12 or community college Fall 2018 World View Global Education Symposium

Educators from all disciplines, K-12 though community college, at World View partner institutions, are encouraged to apply today! Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, May 16, 2018. Applications and additional details can be found here. To check whether your school, district or college is a partner of World View, click here.

Please contact Holly Loranger at with any questions.

Earth Day 2018 – End Plastic Pollution

Earth Day – April 22nd – is a worldwide civic-focused day of action to demonstrate support for environmental protection and stewardship.  Started in 1970, Earth Day has grown to become the largest civic-focused day of action in the world with over 1 billion people from 192 countries taking part. This year’s Earth Day theme is “End Plastic Pollution”. Read more ›

Free webinar April 26 with Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat

Join a FREE webinar on April 26 with Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat
Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. CST (for NC teachers that is 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. EST)

The Middle East Book Award is pleased to present during National Arab American Heritage month a conversation with award-winning author, Ibtisam Barakat on her book Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine, an enlightening look at the not often depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area. Barakat will discuss a life full of challenges that inspired defiance and creative ways of finding solutions. Join us as we discuss human rights, gender equality, and the power of words to take us and our thoughts to faraway places. Register here today!

Once a month in spring 2018, the World Area Book Awards will sponsor a 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. The spring webinar series focuses on social justice. All times listed refer to Central Standard Time (CST). REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR SERIES HERE. Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council and Africa Access.

Carolina Navigators hosts Spring Virtual Cultural Festival April 13

Carolina Navigators is hosting their Spring Virtual Cultural Festival on Friday, April 13th. All sessions are FREE and open to all K-12 teachers and students. Sessions last 40-45 minutes with 15-20 minutes for Q&A. Our presenters are UNC students who have international expertise. For more information, please see the website or sign up here.


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Important Landmarks in Spain, Scotland, and Pakistan (Sarah Claire, Karen and Mali)

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Food in South Africa and China (Abby and Sharon)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
All About Germany and Hungary! (including language) (Sylvia)

World View Scholarship Winners Announced

Jonathan Permar talks to educators at the World View Partners Program in 2016

World View is committed to ensuring accessibility to our programs for all North Carolina K-12 and community college educators. We are pleased to provide an annual scholarship for a select educator to attend a World View March seminar of their choice in honor of former World View Advisory Board Chair, Dr. James L. Peacock. Peacock is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Peacock was instrumental in the founding of World View and helped World View fulfill our mission for over 15 years.

The 2018 James L. Peacock Scholarship winner is Jonathan Permar, Director of Social Studies for Guilford County Schools. In his current role Jonathan supports and drives global education efforts in his county. He is working to build a network of global educators who connect with each other, with resources and with professional development opportunities. Read more ›

Carolina Asia Center Hosts Asia Week: March 19-25, 2018

Educators are invited to attend events during Asia Week, March 19-24, 2018, hosted by the Carolina Asia Center. The full schedule is below and you can view the poster here.

Carolina Asia Center Asia Week Read more ›

Libraries in the Digital Age

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”
– Ray Bradbury

Much has been written about the role of the library in the digital age, and it’s clear that librarians today need a larger skill set than in the past – they’re keepers of books, but they also teach information literacy, run makerspaces, provide technical support, work on digital projects and teach and manage access to digital collections. Librarians also link students and colleagues to the world, giving them the tools to make global connections and expand their perspectives. Read more ›

Free Math Day Camp for High Schoolers: Girls Talk Math

High school educators: Encourage your students to apply for a free math day camp run by The Mathematics Department of UNC-Chapel Hill and the Association of Women in Mathematics student chapter. The camp has sessions from July 9 to July 20, 2018 on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus.

The camp is for rising 9th to 12th graders in the Triangle area interested in mathematics who identify as female or an underrepresented gender. Campers will work on challenging math problems that go beyond the high school curriculum, research the life of a female mathematician and create a blog and podcast about what they learn.

Interested parties can email with any questions. View the flyer here. Visit for more info and to fill out the application. The deadline to apply is April 1st, 2018.  Decisions will be made by April 6th, 2018.

Girls Talk Math is funded by a Mathematical Association of America Tensor Women and Mathematics Grant.

Free Film and Resources – “Remarkable Journey: East Meets West”

Educators are invited to view and share Remarkable Journey: East Meets West, a free film from Video Dialog, Inc. It’s available here and a short description is below.

Indian-Americans are among the most successful communities in America. A culture built on a fierce commitment to education, family, community and entrepreneurship. Through lively first-person stories, Remarkable Journey explores the ‘pioneer’ generation of Indian immigrants to North Carolina, as the world’s oldest and largest democracies met here in the midst of the Civil Rights movement and beyond. These energetic newcomers helped fuel the expansion of opportunities in science and business in our region, as they met the challenge of passing the “essence of India” on to their children.

With Indian music, dance, meditation, yoga, Buddhism and natural, Ayurvedic medicine all having a growing impact on us here in the West – not to mention delicious Indian food! – Remarkable Journey offers a lively portrait of one of the world’s great cultures – now our neighbors across North Carolina. Remarkable Journey tells this story in a new documentary film made for broadcast on UNC Public Television, as well as distribution with a teaching toolkit to every school in the state. These will be available to view in homes, temples, mosques and churches, and shared with families in India.  See the “Teaching Resources” page and link to the film here.

Neil Bolick Retires from World View: Thank You Neil!

The World View team bids farewell to Neil Bolick

Neil Bolick, Associate Director of World View retired February 28 amongst warm wishes from colleagues, family and friends. Having created and developed World View’s community college program from the very beginning, Neil traveled the state for the past 15 years building strong partnerships and collaborations in urban and rural communities. Fluent in Chinese and a veteran business person, Neil combined his many talents to effectively to create meaningful symposia, seminars and workshops  as well as lead global study visits to Turkey, China, the Balkans, Germany, Costa Rica… just to name a few. Each time, K- 12 and community college educators returned from study visits having had a unique global experience facilitated by Neil.

Neil Bolick leading World View’s Study Visit to Germany, Summer 2016

In the past several years Neil led the way with his UNC and community college colleagues in developing the NC Global Distinction Program, which now serves as a national model for university and community college collaborations. The initiative impacts hundreds of faculty and students throughout the state.

UNC Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, Carol Tresolini, reflects on Neil’s accomplishments: “Neil’s contributions to the University and the state are innumerable and will continue to have an impact through the programs and networks that he has created and nurtured over the years.  His work has touched scores of teachers and—through them—the many students who ultimately are the beneficiaries of Neil’s knowledge, wisdom and efforts.”

Thank you Neil for all you have contributed and accomplished as Associate Director of World View. You will be missed and we wish you all the very best in your well-deserved retirement.