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K-12 Virtual Program

October 21, 2021

via Zoom | 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. EDT

0.5 CEU


In March 2020 education changed as COVID-19 rapidly became a pandemic. Teaching and learning were reshaped worldwide. In this program from UNC World View, participants will explore how the field of education has been impacted across the globe. Participants will learn from experts as they meet several peer educators teaching in other countries and connect how the pandemic was handled in classrooms from multiple regions. Participants will learn from each other how educators were personally and professional impacted. Experts will also discuss the importance of social/emotional health and building teacher and student resiliency as educators serve all students, preparing them to be the next generation of global leaders.

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Thursday, October 21st, 2021
4:00 p.m. Welcome
Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill
Elaine F. Marshall, NC Secretary of State
4:05 p.m. Teaching in a Pandemic: Panel Discussion with Teachers Around the World
Consuelo Maria Johnson, Teacher, Heritage International School, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova
James McKinnon, Teacher, Nishimachi International School, Tokyo, Japan (via recording)
Karla Rodríguez, Teacher, Escuela Monseñor Sanabria Martínez, Mercedes, Atenas, Costa Rica
Veronica Salcedo, Teacher, Colegio Menor, Quito, Ecuador
Annemarie Sandoval, Teacher, Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium, Hellerup, DenmarkModerator: Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, Dean and Professor, School of Education, UNC-Chapel Hill
4:45 p.m. Who Can I Turn To?
Dana Griffin, Associate Professor and Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School of Education, UNC-Chapel Hill
5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Adjournment
Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill


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Charlé LaMonica has held service to the state front and center in her work. Since 2013, LaMonica has significantly expanded UNC World View’s support of educators, influencing 100,000 students in North Carolina in 2019-2020 alone; and increasing partnerships in both rural and urban settings. LaMonica and the World View team have led more than 21 global study visits through UNC World View, taking K-12 and community college educators around the world to learn about educational systems, classroom experiences, history, business and culture. These educational destinations have included Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Germany, South Africa, China, Dominican Republic, Moldova and Ireland. Since the founding of UNC World View in 1998, more than 25,000 teachers have participated in UNC World View programs from every county in North Carolina.

In 1996, Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall became the first woman ever elected to a statewide, executive branch office in North Carolina. Secretary Marshall was a member of the NC State Senate before rising to statewide office. She holds a B.S. in Home Economics from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Campbell University. She has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Campbell University, Lees-McRae College, Meredith College and the Republic of Moldova Testemitanu State University of Medicine. Her work experiences include teaching Home Economics in the public school and community college systems, co-ownership of a book and gift store, establishing an interior decorating business and the private practice of law. Secretary Marshall has been very active in many civic groups in the areas of child welfare, women’s issues, and agriculture and small town economic development. Since becoming Secretary of State, she has received numerous state and national awards for leadership in technology, government innovation, and women’s leadership.

Dana Griffin is an associate professor and is the Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. She teaches in the school counseling, human development and family studies and applied developmental sciences and special education programs. She researches best practices for schools and school counselors for working with culturally diverse families and communities. Dana also has a strong commitment to social justice and advocacy and believes that school counselors are in crucial roles to pave the way for bridging the gap between families, schools and communities. In addition to her school-family-community partnerships and parent involvement research, she addresses cultural issues in her teaching and works with students on how to have courageous dialogues within the scope of their work.
Consuelo Maria Johnson is an educator with 22 years of experience in the educational system, with a Master’s degree in TESOL, Curriculum and Instruction, and Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Ms. Johnson is a 2019 recipient of the Governor’s Educator Discovery Award and a  2017-18 participant in the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership. She is currently working as a Secondary/Gymnasium Math educator at Heritage International School in the Republic of Moldova. Previously her teaching experience consists of teaching middle school math at E. E. Smith Middle School and Rose Hill – Magnolia Elementary School in Duplin County, North Carolina. Having a growth mindset, and love for learning and experiencing new things, in 2019, Ms. Johnson participated in a study visit to Moldova, as well as Costa Rica, two unforgettable World View experiences. Her experiences during the two study visits are what initiated her willingness and drive to teach abroad in Moldova. “The more you see, the more you know, the more you understand.” ~ CMJ
James McKinnon is an Australian teaching middle grades science and math at Nishimachi International School in Tokyo, Japan. He has been teaching at Nishimachi since 1993.
Karla Rodríguez has 19 years of experience in education. She is an English teacher for elementary school and preschool and a member of the Costa Rican Teachers’ Association (COLYPRO). Rodríguez is also an SIT TESOL certified English teacher. She is a collaborator in the design of current 3rd grade and 5th grade teacher´s guides, MEP curriculum, and a collaborator in the creation of standardized items for the national test for 5th graders: “Test for Young Learners” at the University of Costa Rica.
Veronica Salcedo has been a teacher for over 15 years. She studied and worked in Miami at the beginning of her career before moving back to Quito, Ecuador. She has been working at Colegio Menor for about ten years as an elementary teacher. Teaching is her passion she can´t imagine doing anything else! Veronica is married and a mother of two wonderful children.
Annemarie Sandoval is originally from Guatemala but has lived in Denmark for almost 24 years. She has a Masters degree in History with a Minor in English and a Post-Graduate Teacher Training Degree. Annemarie teaches History and English at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium in Copenhagen. She has 13 years of teaching experience, and over 10 years of experience as part of Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium’s UNESCO coordinating group, where the main focus areas are Global Citizenship and World Heritage. 


Fouad Abd-El-Khalick has served as dean of the UNC School of Education since July 2016. Abd-El-Khalick also holds the title of Professor of Science Education. He is a leading researcher on the nature of science and in particular its teaching, learning, and assessment in K-12 settings, as well as integration into preservice and in-service science teacher education. He has published extensively in science education and has held leadership positions in the field. He joined Carolina after 16 years at the University of Illinois, where he won awards for his teaching. Among his service, Abd-El-Khalick has served on N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s Governor’s Commission on Access to a Sound Basic Education. Dr. Abd-El-Khalick received his doctorate in science education from Oregon State University and an M.A. in Science Education from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.

Program Materials

Instructions: To receive .5 CEU credits you must attend the 1.5-hour virtual program on October 21st and turn in a completed study guide. Download the study guide here. Please return the completed study guide by Friday, November 12, 2021, to World View

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