Global Updates From World View
September 2008

Global Education Resources to Kick-off the New School Year

Welcome back for the new school year! We at World View wish you great success this year and encourage you to discover new ways for teaching with a global perspective. North Carolina is a leader in global education and there are valuable resources within our state to help you internationalize the way you and your students think and learn. Global connections can be made in every lesson each day, and this issue of Global Update will help you get started or augment what you are already doing. Check out the list of ideas and resources available in North Carolina, on the internet, and beyond, as well as a few articles on global education.

I. The Steps to Global Education

Step 1: Globalize Yourself.

Here are a few ways you can become better informed about the world in which you live.

  • Stay on top of current events by checking out the daily international headlines from news sources such as CNN, BBC, Washington Post, and The New York Times. You can register to receive free daily email-newsletters, updates and breaking news from
  • Read the latest articles in the Economist, Educational Leadership, and other periodicals (see below for list of recent global education articles). Or pick up a good book with an international theme or written by an international author.
  • Participate in professional development programs that focus on global education, global themes, or a specific world region.
  • Get out of North Carolina and travel; see the world! Seek out grants or financial assistance, or consider a service learning experiences that can help defray costs.
  • If you can’t travel abroad, take a virtual trip. See our November 2007 issue of Global Updates for more ideas.
  • Increase your exposure to all things international! Eat at a local ethnic restaurant, shop in an ethnic supermarket, or join in at a festival or celebration. For ideas on local festivals, see our July 2007 issue of Global Updates.
  • Join listservs to stay on top of new resources, grant opportunities, and events. Here are a few ideas:
    • Facing the Future Listserv
      The newsletter informs educators about easy-to-use activity-based lessons, action project ideas, resources on global issues and sustainability, and upcoming events. To subscribe, click here.
    • Center for International Understanding’s Global Educators Listserv
      This listserv announces professional development opportunities, global study tours, classroom collaborative projects, and other opportunities. Subscribe by sending an email to:
      This monthly newsletter provides updates of the newest resources, including lesson plans, news analyses, and more. To join, click here.
    • Digest - COMING SOON!
      Asia Society will send periodic e-mails about international education policies and practices at the national and state levels. Newsletters will also feature downloadable publications and best practices drawn from local schools and communities throughout the U.S.. Visit for more information.
    • Merry Merryfield’s World 727
      Teachers on Professor Merryfield’s listserv share and discuss resources, pedagogy, and issues in teaching world cultures, global events, world history, and related topics. To join, email
    • NC in the World NEWS
      This monthly electronic newsletter produced captures state and national level global education news. Click here to subscribe.
    • Peace Corps’ World Wise Window
      The Window examines global issues and cross-cultural understanding through folk tales, videos, photos, and narratives about daily life in countries around the world. To receive this e-newsletter, click here.

Step 2: Globalize Your Classroom.

Below are several suggestions for creating a welcoming and diverse global learning environment for your students:

  • Make global connections everyday in your classroom.
  • Use available curriculum or develop your own to add a global element, while also connecting to the standards.
  • Use new technologies to make learning about the world fun and exciting. For ideas for integrating technology visit the September 2007 issue of Global Updates.
  • Use real data and examples to provide accurate global context. Remember to be wary of oversimplifying, exoticizing, or stereotyping!
  • Get creative by furnishing classrooms with maps, globes, reference materials, posters, and magazines. Collect artifacts or ask someone you know who travels out of the U.S. to bring back menus, maps, city guides, children’s games, musical instruments, storybooks, and foreign currency.
  • Use music and art to teach world cultures.
  • Have foreign language materials available for your students to browse.
  • Share your travel experiences through stories and pictures, and encourage your students to talk about their experiences as well.
  • Initiate conversations with students and colleagues about global issues, culture, current events, and other countries.
  • Communicate with students and teachers in other countries (See list below for “Global Communication” resources.)

Step 3: Globalize Your School.

You can’t do everything yourself, so why not gather like-minded individuals and work together as a team to make school-wide changes and share ideas and strategies?

  • Form a “Global Education Committee” in your school. This committee can be composed of teachers from all disciplines, administrators, a parent/PTA member, and even a local business person.
  • Take an inventory of all your school’s “global” or “international” activity. There already may be global education activities in your school, so find out who is doing what and how you can do more.
  • Create an Action Plan after you assess where your school is right now, decide where you want to go. Adopt a timeline for actions to be taken. This will help define the school’s vision, clarify a goal, and state objectives. Click here for more information on World View’s Action Plan concept.
  • Encourage collaboration and team teaching around global issues, themes, and world regions. Involve all teachers in the school across ALL disciplines! Consider a school-wide curriculum map.
  • Adopt a sister-school abroad.
  • Organize a study visit abroad for your teachers and students.
  • Create a global learning environment. Not only should your classroom project a global feel, but so should your school. Consider organizing school-wide events to involve all students, staff, and the community. Add foreign language signs to the classroom, cafeteria, gym, restroom, and library or media center. Hang international flags in hallways. Display clocks with time zones from all over the world. Hire a teacher from another country.

Step 4: Explore Your Global Community.

Once you have established collaborations and partnerships within your school, seek outside collaborations and partnerships within your school system, your community, and beyond. Remember that partnerships also may lead to funding opportunities!

  • Connect with international organizations like Rotary International or your local community college or university.
  • Talk to local international businesses.
  • Invite a guest speaker to speak to your students and colleagues about an international issue or region.
  • Connect with a school or classroom in another country. Your students can learn about life in a foreign country or work on projects together with students in another country by using the internet. (See list below for “Global Communication” resources.)
  • Explore models of success from other schools. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Investigate what other schools are doing, both within North Carolina and across the United States. Visit model schools with exemplary programs. You may discover ideas that you can adapt to fit your school.
II. Global Education Resources and International Programs

1. University-Based International Programs and Resources

2. Other International Programs and Resources in North Carolina

3. Global Communication: Connecting to People through the Internet

III. Articles about Global Education

Report: Retool Instruction, or U.S. Will Fail
News staff. “Report: Retool instruction, or U.S. will fail: U.S. schools must teach 21st-century skills for the nation to be globally competitive, it says.” eSchool News 10 Sept 2008 (Available at:

The Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding
Breslyn, Wayne, Roger B. Hirschland, and Cerylle Moffett. “The Peace Corps Classroom Guide to Cross-Cultural Understanding.” Building Bridges 2008 (Available at:

Build It And They Will Learn
Krieger, Zvika. “Build It And They Will Learn.” NEWSWEEK 9 Aug 2008 (Available at:

Going Global 101
Adams, J. Michael, and Angelo Carfagna. “Going Global 101.” Viewpoint, Fairleigh Dickinson University 16 July 2007 (Available at:

Becoming Citizens of the World
Stewart, Vivien. “Becoming Citizens of the World.” Educational Leadership 64:6 April 2007: 8-14.

Wanted: Global Citizens
Suárez-Orozco, Marcelo M., and Carolyn Sattin. “Wanted: Global Citizens.” Educational Leadership 64:6 April 2007: 58-62.

How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century
Wallis, Claudia and Sonja Steptoe. “How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century.” TIME 10 Dec 2006 (Available at:,9171,1568480,00.html)

Lost in America
McGray, Douglas. “Lost in America.” Foreign Policy May/June 2006.

Education for Global Leadership: The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U.S. Economic and National Security
Research and Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development. “Education for Global Leadership: The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U.S. Economic and National Security.” Committee for Economic Development 2006 (Available at:

Our Global Age Requires Global Education. Clarifying Definitional Ambiguities
Kirkwood, Toni. “Our Global Age Requires Global Education. Clarifying Definitional Ambiguities.” Social Studies Jan/Feb 2001.

Education around the World

Several elementary school classrooms on a field trip to visit the historic Goree Island.

World View participants in a Senegalese middle school classroom.

Photographs from the June 2008 World View Study Visit to Senegal
For more information on World View's International Study Visits, please visit:

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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World View at UNC-Chapel Hill provides information, resources, and announcements for educational purposes only. It does not represent an endorsement of organizations or point of view by World View or The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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

Sponsored by:

The NC Department of Public Instruction


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 offered.

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: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.
(Registration for educators outside of North Carolina is $250 per person.)

For more information and to register please visit:


The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC and Duke University proposes a series of workshops titled

“The Power of the Written Word: Writing through Latin American and Caribbean Literature”  

Workshops will be set-up as book clubs in which middle and high school teachers come together through a series of four sessions to read and discuss novels that address Latin American and Caribbean culture, history and politics. As these novels are discussed, teachers will create units that incorporate a wide array of stimulating and rigorous writing assignments and discussion activities.

The novels for the Fall 2008 workshops include, Edwidge Danticat’s “The Farming of Bones” and “Krik, Krak”, Julia Alvarez’s “In the Time of the Butterflies” and Junot Diaz’s “Drown”.

Upon completion of the workshops, teachers will have in hand, 1) a provocative and stimulating unit that can be immediately implemented in their classrooms 2) up to three CEU’s and 3) if possible, a classroom set of novels for each unit.

In addition, teachers will learn how to incorporate best teaching practices within their units, learn how to engage their students through higher order questioning strategies, active classroom dialogue, Socratic seminars, carousels, writing walls, low stakes writing and cooperative groups. And finally, teachers will be exposed to a wide array of resources within CLACS, specifically a film collection that is housed within UNC.

Dates: Oct 1 – Nov 15; Meeting times will be based on teacher’s schedules.

To Register: Contact Dr. LeAnne Disla, Consortium in Latin American & Caribbean Studies. 919-681-3982; 

Fee: $50 per teacher
Grant Opportunity for Math, Science, and Technology Projects!

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is partnering with again this year to promote mathematics, science, and technology projects in  North Carolina public schools. A grant for $25,000 has been made available to support mathematics, science, and technology projects, with priority given to hands-on, inquiry-based proposals, submitted from Title 1 schools.

If you have an innovative mathematics, science or technology project, please submit your proposal today at  All relevant projects will automatically qualify for the grant. 

In order to be considered for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund grant, proposals should be submitted by the end of September at  You can also visit the blog for more information on this grant.

Please contact Katie Bisbee with questions:


Grant Opportunity!
North & South Carolina Teachers: Progress Energy to fund up to $75,000 in hands-on energy education projects this year!

Progress Energy will fund up to $75,000 in energy-related project requests in the Carolinas.

No special action is required to qualify! Simply log into your account and submit one or more project requests for tools that will help your students learn about energy.

Submit your request(s) by October 15 for your best chance at funding.

Click here for more information.


The Project for Historical Education
Teaching American Presidential Politics:
The Modern Political Party System and Presidential Elections

September 27, 2008
10am to 3pm
Carolina Center for Educational Excellence
Chapel Hill, NC  

A free workshop for teachers! Dr. Leuchtenburg, Professor of History, Emeritus, at UNC at Chapel Hill, will share his knowledge on how to teach American presidential politics. He is a preeminent scholar on Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, and he has served as president of the American Historical Association.  

Continental breakfast and a full lunch will be provided. Each participant will earn .5 Continuing Education Units. There is no cost for this program.

Don't forget about PHE’s travel grants! The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation graciously provides a small stipend to interested teachers who live more than 100 miles from Chapel Hill to attend workshops. This stipend will be paid at the end of the academic year 2008-09.    

Register now to reserve your spot! Email by September 22.

Directions to the workshop site can be found at:  


Save the Date!
International Education Week
November 17-21, 2008


Fulbright Teacher Exchanges

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Teacher Exchange directs one-to-one classroom exchanges to many countries for teachers of all curricular levels, kindergarten-post secondary.

Most exchanges occur for an academic year. India and the United Kingdom offers fall semester-long exchanges and the United Kingdom also offers six-week exchanges. Italy and Greece offer eight-week classical seminars for teachers of Latin, Greek or the Classics.

In addition to the teacher exchanges, there are administrative job-shadowing opportunities to Mexico and Argentina. Jordan, Thailand, and Uruguay currently offer opportunities to host incoming administrators during site visits to the United States.

Prospective applicants must meet the following general eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Fluency in English
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Be in at least third year of full-time teaching
  • A current full-time position

The application deadline is October 15, 2008 for the 2009-2010 program year. For more information and/or an application please visit: or call (800)726-0479.

Reischauer Scholars Program for High School Juniors and Seniors

The Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) invites all interested high school juniors and seniors to apply to the 2009 Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP). The RSP annually selects 25 exceptional high school juniors and seniors from throughout the United States to engage in an intensive study of Japan. Selected students will participate in an Internet-mediated course on Japan from February to June 2009.

The RSP provides students with a broad overview of Japanese history, literature, religion, art, politics, economics, and contemporary society, with a special focus on the U.S.-Japan relationship. Ambassadors, top scholars, and experts throughout the United States and Japan provide lectures via the Internet as well as engage students in online dialogue. Required final research projects will be printed in journal format and students will be required to lead two presentations on Japan at their schools or in their communities. All students who successfully complete the course will earn 3 units of Stanford University Continuing Studies credit and a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University.

Visit for an application. Deadline: October 17, 2008.

If you have questions, please e-mail Naomi Funahashi, RSP coordinator, at