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Not for publication Nov. 10, 1998 – No. 837

 

UNC-CH to launch international program for K-12 N.C. educators

Kick-off symposium
Nov. 12, 9 a.m. (opening sessions)
Koury Auditorium, McColl Building, UNC-CH campus

A symposium this week attracting nearly 300 educators from across North Carolina will launch World View, a new public school outreach program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill aimed at helping participants better understand global issues and what they mean for students and communities. Organizers say the program helps address two facts:

Children from all over the world – Latin America, Asia, the Middle East – are sitting in North Carolina classrooms. Dozens of languages are represented in some school districts. Helping children adjust to American culture and teaching them what they need to know to be productive citizens is a tall order for educators.

All children need to understand their smaller world and learn skills and attitudes that will help them live and work most effectively in a global society.

Symposium participants represent public schools as well as community colleges, a charter school and an independent school. "What is significant is that the 41 school districts represented are sending school-based teams that met before they left home and decided on a global project – for example, how to turn a K-12 school into a global magnet, how to better serve Hispanic students . . ., how best to establish a foreign language as part of the elementary school core curriculum," said Dr. Robert Phay, director and Kenan professor of public law and government. "At the symposium these teams will (meet) twice with an international studies or language expert and leave with an outline of an implementation plan."

Thursday (Nov. 12) symposium sessions will include UNC-CH Chancellor Michael Hooker, Dr. Robert Sullivan, dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School, Dr. Jack Kasarda, director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, and Dr. Jim Peacock, director of the University Center for International Studies. Hooker, Sullivan, Kasarda and Prezell Robinson, vice chairman of the State Board of Education, will appear in Koury Auditorium sessions from 9-10:45 a.m. Peacock will moderate another at 11:10 a.m. on existing international resources at UNC-CH that can help educators. Former Tar Heel basketball star and now assistant coach Phil Ford will discuss the globalization of sports during a lunch.

Future program activities will include a seminar on Mexico and Latin America next March and a trip to Russia and Finland next June. Call Mike McFarland, 962-8593, for an event schedule.

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World View program contact: Phay, 962-9264