Global Updates From World View
April 2008

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22

Although not a national holiday, Earth Day is an important day to raise awareness and celebrate our planet.  The first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970 and has been celebrated ever since.  Today Earth Day is celebrated across the globe as a global campaign to save and protect our environment.  The United Nations recognizes Earth Day each year on the March equinox; however, many countries, including the United States celebrate on April 22.  Students everywhere are taking part in this event, and we encourage you to use this opportunity to look at environments around the planet and the impact of your actions on others in the world and their impact on you.

Get Involved

Calendars of Earth Day Events around the World

Clean School Bus USA Project

The Clean School Bus USA project was started to reduce children's exposure to diesel exhaust and the amount of air pollution created by diesel school buses.  The project aims to eliminate unnecessary bus idling, retrofit buses with better emission-control technologies and/or fueling them with cleaner fuels, and replace the oldest buses in the fleet with newer, less-polluting buses. Clean School Bus USA brings together partners from business, education, transportation, and public-health organizations.  For more information visit

Earth Day Take Home Kit
Kid-friendly web resources from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provide tips, activities, music, and more for protecting the environment and your health.  Units include EPA Explorers: Environmental Kids Club, Live, Learn, Play— Tune Into Your Health and Environment, Tips To Protect Children From Environmental Risks, Breathing Clean Air, Avoiding Too Much Sun, Planet Protectors Club for Kids, Drinking Water, Healthy Lawn, Healthy Environment.

Ecological Footprint Quiz
Think your daily actions don’t impact the planet?  Think again.  Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz to see how big your ecological footprint is.  As you take the quiz, you'll learn about the benefits of sustainable choices, find links to organizations doing important sustainability work, and have an opportunity to engage in discussion in the Footprint Forum.

SOS is an online campaign to protect the Earth and diminish the effects of climate change by educating the public about consumer behaviors and motivating corporations and political leaders to enact effective measures to combat the climate crisis.

We Can Solve It
The We Campaign aims to halt global warming by educating people in the US and around the world that the climate crisis is both urgent and solvable.  Resources provide solutions to environmental challenges and urge people to get involved in changing policy to create a healthier environment.

Educator Resources

Combating Climate Change: The EU Leads the Way
Read about the European Union’s response to the current environmental challenges world-wide, including alternative energy sources, climate change, emissions of greenhouse gases, and more.

Earth Day Network
Find over 300 standard-based lessons, school greening tips, grants for teachers, and more than 25,000 teachers with whom to share ideas.

Education World
Education World provides many ideas for lessons and activities to commemorate Earth Day.

GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)
GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, school-based science and education program supporting collaboration among students, teachers and scientists.  Projects are inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA and NSF Earth System Science Projects.  The international GLOBE network includes over 20,000 schools in 110 countries worldwide.

Global Warming, USA TODAY
USA Today offers a list of current and relevant articles about global warming, as well as visuals and graphs, of which many are interactive.

LEARN NC has compiled an outstanding list of resources, including interactive project ideas, web sites, lesson plans, articles, and field trips to help prepare and celebrate for Earth Day.

National Geographic Society’s Our Environment and Ocean’s for Life
This site provides teachers with tools and resources on the importance of a healthy environment, including interactive activities. The information helps to improve environmental literacy worldwide.

The Wilderness Society
The Wilderness Society provides lesson plans for 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to teach about wilderness and the animals and plants that depend on wilderness habitat for their survival.

Xpeditions Lesson Plans and Activities from National Geographic
Xpeditions current focus is on Earth Day, and includes dozens of standards-based lesson plans, interactive activities, atlas maps and other resources to support teaching about environmental issues.

Links for Kids
(as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency)

Energy Hogbusters:
Learn how to outsmart the hogs that waste energy

Energy Information Administration's Energy Ant:
Learn all about where we get our energy and how we use it

Environmental Protection Agency's Kids Club:
Games and activities about environmental issues

Let's Go Outside! From the US Fish and Wildlife Services:
Games and how you can help.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids' pages:
Play games, read stories, sing along, and color.

National Institutes of Health:

National Park Service WebRangers:
Fun and activities in our National Parks.

Nature Watch:
See animals in action.

Roofus the Dog's Solar and Efficient Neighborhood:
Make your home energy smart.

Stories about plants and bugs.

S.K. Worm:
He'll answer your questions about dirt. for Kids:
A portal to many kids' resources.

Education around the World

Education in New Zealand
Dunedin North Intermediate School

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Registration Open!
Register now for World View’s Fall Programs

K-12 Global Education Symposium:
Bringing World Cultures to the Classrooms

October 22-23, 2008
UNC at
Chapel Hill

As the world’s national boundaries continue to dissolve, students today need to learn how to work and live with others from different cultures who are speaking multiple languages and practicing varying religions.  World View’s symposium offers educators from all subject areas and in all grade levels techniques for integrating global content across the curriculum, as well as other global education resources.  There will be general sessions, concurrent sessions on both content and classroom applications, and support for school-based teams in creating an Action Plan for globalizing schools.  CEU credits will be offered.

Community College Symposium:
Global Health and the Environment

November 12-13, 2008
UNC at
Chapel Hill

The 2008 Community College Symposium addresses a topic central to understanding globalization and vital for community college educators preparing students and faculty for the 21st century:Global Health and the Environment.  There will be general sessions, concurrent sessions, and support for college-based teams in creating an Action Plan for globalizing colleges. This program is designed for administrators and faculty in all disciplines.

Registration for 2008 Symposiums
Registration for each fall symposium is $150 per person. Reduced registration fees are available for schools and colleges registering 4 or more persons. A team of 4 is $500. Only $125 for each additional team member.

K-12 Online Globalization Courses
October 1-
November 11, 2008

Globalization: An Introduction for Principals and Other School Leaders

Globalization: An Introduction for K-12 Teachers

Both online courses immerse educators in an intensive exploration of rapid global changes. The courses discuss global issues in government, economics, cultures, technology, environment and health, culture, and technology impacting our schools and communities, our country, and the planet. By the end of the "Principals and other School Leaders" course, educators should be able to provide leadership in planning and implementing school and system programs to help faculty and students become more globally aware. The goal of the "Teachers" course is to help teachers become aware of the effects of globalization on our world, our country and especially our schools. By the end of the course, teachers should be able to significantly contribute to curriculum planning to help faculty and students become more globally aware.

Registration for 2008 Online Courses
Registration is $200 per person, per course for World View Partners, or $250 per person for non-World View Partners.

For more information and to register please visit:


World View - Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar E-pals

Have you checked out the World View-Rotary Scholar Blog? See what World View-Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at-large, Sarah Price is up to in New Zealand.  Do you students have questions about what school or life’s like at the other end of the Earth?  Ask Sarah!  Learn more about this program and connecting your classroom to a Scholar all over the world.  Find educator resources for teaching about New Zealand, too!


July 10-12, 2008

Society Forum for Policymakers and Practitioners
Putting the World into World-Class Education
Washington, DC

Asia Society's Forum for Policymakers and Practitioners is designed to advance student international knowledge and skills as an integral part of a world-class education.  Join educators, decision-makers, and thought-leaders from throughout the country to examine leading policy innovations and educational best practices.  For more information, and to register go to: or click here.


Toyota International Teacher Program to the Galapagos

The Toyota International Teacher Programs are fully-funded, short-term international professional development opportunities for teachers, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, USA. Educators travel together, study program themes, and bring experiences home to their classrooms. In 2008, study visits to the Galapagos will be open to librarians and classroom teachers (grades 6-12, all subjects).

The Galapagos Program is a 12-day study program from Nov 22 –
Dec 6, 2008 geared toward international and environmental study. Participants work together to create an interdisciplinary environmental lesson that is shared with teachers on the Galapagos Islands. Applications are due no later than May 9, 2008. Visit: or click here for more information.


2008 Youth Prizes for Excellence in International Education

Asia Society and The Goldman Sachs Foundation announce the 2008 Youth Prizes for Excellence in International Education. Up to five winners will be selected to receive up to $10,000 each as well as an all-expense paid trip to New York City in November to receive their prize. Students are asked to create an in-depth written essay or multimedia feature examining a social or economic issue that has relevance to them in a global context.

Please visit for the contest questions, eligibility rules, guidelines and helpful hints, and submission instructions. Youth Prizes application deadline:  June 12, 2008.  


North Carolina Symphony
Saturday, May 24, 1-5pm
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

Join the North Carolina Symphony for an afternoon of education and music. The Spring Teacher Workshop features a sneak-preview performance by the North Carolina Symphony.  Each NC Symphony Teacher Workshop will provide participants with a Certificate of Participation for 5 hours which can be used for .5 CEU credit with prior approval from the school system.  For more information visit: