Global Updates From World View
October 2008

Celebrate International Education Week
November 17-21, 2008

“In a world where cultures rub shoulders ever more closely, and where peace and harmony depend on acceptance of difference, it has never been more important to give opportunities to students to gain an in-depth appreciation of other cultures.”

Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General, UNESCO

International Education Week (IEW), started in 2000, celebrates international education and international exchange. It is now more important than ever for students to learn about the world and collaborate with peers worldwide. It is also time for us to learn from those foreign nationals coming to study in the US and for more Americans to study abroad to learn from our peers worldwide. IEW promotes international understanding and builds support for international educational exchange, better preparing Americans to live, work, collaborate and compete in a global environment. The theme for this year’s IEW is International Education: Fostering Global Responsibility and Leadership. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

The International Education Week 2008 website has officially been launched, and includes promotional materials, an interactive quiz, and opportunities to post and view planned events around the world.  In addition, IEW has a Facebook page and group this year, and they can be accessed through the IEW website.

Take the Global IQ Quiz, submit your International Education Week events, and find out more information about IEW by visiting:

Suggested IEW Activities for K-12 Schools from the IEW Website
  • Incorporate information on a country or culture into your regular lesson plan, even if you don't teach social studies.
  • Explore international aspects of the arts - music, film, theatre, visual arts, literature, dance - by creating, performing, or studying artworks with an international component. This could include a field trip to a museum or concert or showing a foreign film in class.
  • Read newspapers from around the world and compare large global issues that affect various regions of the world differently like the global economy, global health, elections, etc.
  • Study global climate change and environmental issues worldwide.
  • Adopt a school in a developing country and donate school supplies, reference materials, and other items.
  • Trade questions and answers with students from another country through the Internet, pen pal clubs, or a Digital Video Conference.
  • Encourage cultural understanding for students using the online resource One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures, and Classrooms.
  • Organize a cross-cultural potluck lunch in which students bring in or make foods from their homeland or ancestors' homeland.
  • Ask students to write essays on countries they would like to visit and why they chose those countries.
  • Feature local international experts as speakers: Fulbright Students and Scholars, former diplomats or Peace Corps volunteers, business leaders working for multi-national corporations, or journalists.
  • Participate in a Model UN.
  • Assign students to produce a video or website about their cross-cultural experiences.
  • Hold a geography, foreign language, or world history bee for your students.

Call World View if we can help!

Plan ahead! The dates for IEW 2009 are November 16 – 20 and IEW 2010 are November 15 – 19.

Global Education in North Carolina

A middle school student shows off her scarf, dyed using the
arashi shiboro technique.

Middle school students wearing the African-inspired masks they made.

Julia Palmer makes global connections regularly in her art classes. Ms. Palmer is National Board Certified Art Educator at Murray Middle School in New Hanover County. She was the 2007-08 NC Middle School Art Teacher of the Year. Lesson plans recommended by Ms. Palmer include:

Celebrate with Henna Hands
Making Paper Mola
Facial Studies Through Creation of a Face Jug

*photographs used with permission

Do you have information to share?

Do you have information that you would like to share with other educators across the state? You are welcome to submit interesting global education programs that are going on in your schools, announcements about global education seminars, new resources that others might find interesting, etc. Please email Julie at with your "update-worthy" items!

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Registration for World View's K-12 Global Education Symposium on October 22-23 is now closed. To add your name to the waitlist, please call 919/962-9264.

Community College Symposium:
Globalization and Global Health Issues

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. 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.

For more information and to register please visit:


Euro Challenge Competition

The Euro Challenge is an exciting educational opportunity for high school students (grades 9 and 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) and the euro. Student teams make presentations answering specific questions about the European economy as a whole and the single currency, the euro. They also pick one member country of the euro area, examine an economic problem at the country level, and identify policies for responding to that problem.

Euro Challenge Expands with New Website and Facebook Page
The Euro Challenge competition is poised to expand greatly in 2009, with up to 100 teams expected to compete in regional rounds and the final round in New York City for cash awards and an exciting trip to Washington D.C., made possible by The Moody's Foundation.

We are pleased to announce that this significant increase in participation will be met with extended support through our new website at and a Euro Challenge Facebook page, which are now up and running.

Euro Challenge Goals

  • Increase students' knowledge and understanding of the European Union and the euro
  • Promote an understanding of economic challenges facing European Union member nations
  • Support local learning standards related to global studies and economics
  • Foster economic and financial literacy and understanding of economic policy issues
  • Develop communication, critical thinking and cooperative skills

Euro Challenge in North Carolina: Orientation Session and Free Trip to Brussels!
UNC will host an orientation session for teachers from North Carolina schools participating in the Euro Challenge on November 10, 2008. Teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge will be eligible for one of three spots to travel to Brussels in summer 2009, travel & accommodations paid, on a program organized by the European Commission.

For more information and to register, visit For details for NC schools click here and open the registration form here (DOC).

Contact the Delegation of the European Commission at or Gali Beeri at the UNC EUCE with any questions.

2008 Call for Applications

The Goldman Sachs Foundation and Asia Society are seeking applications for the 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education.  The prize program was created in 2003 to raise awareness of the growing importance of international knowledge and skills for U.S. students and annually awards prizes totaling $150,000 in five different categories.   

Applications for the elementary/middle school, high school, district/state, and media/technology prizes are due December 1st, 2008.  For more information and to access the online application, please visit  

The 2008 Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Elementary/Middle School ($25,000)
An elementary or middle school that engages all or most of its students in learning about other world regions, cultures, and languages.

High School ($25,000)
A secondary school that engages all or most of its students in learning about Asia, Africa, Latin America, or the Middle East, or about international affairs through its curriculum and through partnerships with other countries or local organizations.

District/State ($25,000)
A state or one of the 100 largest school districts that is actively promoting the development of international knowledge and skills on a wide scale through the creation of robust policies and specific programming initiatives.

Media/Technology ($25,000)
A program within a U.S. based public or private for-profit or non-profit organization that has developed outstanding programs that use media/technology to educate students or teachers about other world regions and cultures, or international issues. 

Youth (Up to $10,000) *
Five high school students who demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key issues in international affairs and the global economy.
* Please note that the 2008 Youth prize competition is now closed.  Winners for the Youth prize will be announced in November 2008.


Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Poland with
Valentina Lisitsa, piano soloist

November 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Wait Chapel, Wake Forest campus in Winston-Salem

The Warsaw Philharmonic, a 110 instrument ensemble which has a history going back more than 100 years, was reformed after World War II, during which more than half its players perished. Designated the Polish National Orchestra in 1955, the Warsaw Philharmonic is justly world renowned. The orchestra is under the direction of Antoni Wit, a gifted conductor and noted proponent of contemporary music. This orchestra has made over 100 tours on five continents, performed in all major concert halls, and taken part in many international festivals.

Performance program
Included in their program will be the Piano Concerto no. 1, E-flat major of Liszt, performed by Valentina Lisitsa of Ukraine, and Symphony no. 6 in B minor, the Pathetique, of Tchaikovsky.

Cost:  Tickets for the performance can be purchased by calling the Wake Forest University box office and are available for $20 general admission (seniors and non-WFU students $17; children under 12 are $5; group discounts available) . University Theatre Box Office 336.758.5295