Global Updates From World View
April 2009

Spotlight on Greg Mortenson and
Pennies for Peace

"If you fight terrorism, that’s based in fear.
But if you promote peace, that’s based in hope."

- Greg Mortenson

Global Education in NC

Salem Academy in Winston-Salem Embraces World Cultures at International Day 2009!

Salem Academy, a World View Partner, invited Neil Bolick and Carina Brossy from World View to speak to the community about globalization, China, and cross cultural communication during their annual International Day. One of the oldest boarding schools in the country, Salem Academy recruits students from all over world, and this year’s celebration included international cuisine prepared by students, as well as presentations on Germany, Croatia, Japan, Taiwan, China, South Korea, India, and Senegal. Each student spoke about the beauty, the treasure, and the culture of her country and included a heartfelt invitation to fellow students to visit her homeland. It was a reminder that planes fly both ways, and that any Academy girl wishing to travel will be met with open, and familiar, arms throughout the world. To view more photographs from this event, click here.

Salem Academy students participate in a Korean dance during International Day.

[Image courtesy of Central Asia Institute]

The UNC at Chapel Hill community recently had the pleasure of welcoming author, activist, climber, and non-profit foundation executive, Greg Mortenson to campus. Mortenson shared his story with an audience of over 1,000 people and encouraged people to make a difference and to wipe out ignorance. After a failed attempt to summit K2 Mountain in Pakistan, Mortenson weakened and injured, was nursed back to health by the villagers of Korphe, a remote village in northern Pakistan. Before leaving the people he had grown to love, he promised to return to build a school.

After building a bridge, dozens of schools, teacher training programs, libraries, women’s centers, and a foundation to sustain his efforts throughout the region, Mortenson continues to push on during difficult political and economic times to promote peace through education. Through his work with the Central Asia Institute (, which he co-founded in 1996, Mortenson has helped better the lives of thousands throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan, primarily in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan, and the Pamir and Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. The driving mission of the Central Asia Institute is an education for all children, particularly female children.

If you educate a boy, you educate the individual. But if you educate a girl, you educate a community.
-African Proverb

Greg Mortenson’s story has been chronicled in his book, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time, written with David Oliver Relin. The book is a New York Times Bestseller. Mortenson has also written a Three Cups of Tea Reading Guide and a Question & Answer Interview for use in book clubs, interviews, classrooms, etc.

Pennies for Peace

A penny in the United States is virtually worthless, but in Pakistan and Afghanistan a penny buys a pencil and opens the door to literacy.
-Pennies for Peace website

Greg Mortenson’s work does not stop in Afghanistan and Pakistan. When Mortenson first returned to the U.S. and began fundraising to build schools, he spoke to a group of schoolchildren. At the end of the talk a young boy volunteered to give Mortenson his piggy bank full of coins to help build a school. Inspired by this generous and kind act and wanting to involve U.S. schoolchildren in his work and mission, the Central Asia Institute started the Pennies for Peace (P4P) program. Pennies for Peace, not only teaches children about philanthropy, it educates them about the world and cultures beyond their school. By participating in the campaign to collect pennies, P4P shows children that they can be a part of a large global endeavor, even if it is only one penny at a time. The following 6-minute video will tell you more!

Recently Pennies for Peace, along with the National Education Association and the Pearson Foundation, have created Toolkits for Educators wishing to implement this program in their schools. The curriculum is guided by themes designed to stimulate critical thinking in students. It is grouped into grade clusters K-4, 4-8, and 9-12 and is tied to national social studies, literacy, and mathematics standards. Not only are children raising valuable funds, they are gaining from a global perspective that is easily added to their curriculum. The P4P website gives detailed instructions on starting a campaign, using the educator toolkits, and working towards a goal. To get started, educators are asked to complete a registration form and return it to Pennies for Peace ( and for more information and to access the free online toolkits, visit:

School children can also learn more about Greg Mortenson and his mission by reading one of his new books for young adults or children.

Young Adult Version
Three Cups of Tea

One Man’s Journey to Change the World, One Child At A Time

By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Adapted By Sarah Thomson
Foreward By Dr. Jane Goodall
Includes an interview with Amira Mortenson, daughter of Greg Mortenson.

Children's Version
Listen to the Wind
The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea

By Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth

Purchases of Three Cups of Tea made through the this link on will generate up to 7% of proceeds to benefit the Central Asia Institute.

World View commends the schools that have already participated in the Pennies for Peace Program and challenges the rest of you to start your campaign today!

According to Pennies for Peace, the following North Carolina schools have participated in the program (as of 4/14/09):

Emma Elementary School, Asheville
Evergreen Community Charter, Asheville
Ira B. Jones Primary School, Asheville
Oakley Elementary School, Asheville
Currituck County High School, Barco
Fred Anderson Elementary, Bayboro
Mountain Discovery Charter, Bryson City
Carrboro Elementary, Carrboro
Turner Creek Elementary School, Cary
McDougle Elementary, Chapel Hill
Montessori Day School, Chapel Hill
Morris Grove Elementary, Chapel Hill
Chantilly Montessori School, Charlotte
Charlotte Montessori School, Charlotte
Hickory Grove Elementary, Charlotte
Omni Montessori, Charlotte
Sedgefield Middle School, Charlotte
Turning Points Academy, Charlotte
Winget Park Elementary, Charlotte
John Chavis Middle School, Cherryville
Powhatan Elementary, Clayton
Covenant Classical School, Concord
Rowan-Cabarrus Comm College, Concord
Cordova Elementary School, Cordova
Phoenix Montessori Academy, Cornelius
Southwest Elementary, Durham
Trinity School, Durham
Voyager Academy, Durham
Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville
Fort Bragg Schools, Fort Bragg
Lincoln Heights Elementary, Fuquay Varina
Archdale Elementary, Greensboro
Greensboro Academy, Greensboro
Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro
New Garden Friends School, Greensboro
Our Lady of Grace School, Greensboro
E B Aycock Middle School, Greenville
Harkers Island School, Harkers Island
Carolina International School, Harrisburg
Hayesville Middle School, Hayesville
Vance Charter School, Henderson
St. Stephens Lutheran School, Hickory
T. Wingate Andrews High, High Point
A L Stanback Middle, Hillsborough
Southern Wake Montessori, Holly Springs
Kernersville Elementary, Kernersville
Heron Pond Montessori, Kitty Hawk
Piney Grove Middle, Lawsonville
Littlefield Middle School, Lumberton
Polk Central School, Mill Spring
Walter Johnson Middle, Morganton
New London Choice Middle, New London
Blackburn Elementary School, Newton
Startown Elementary School, Newton
Old Fort Elementary School, Old Fort
E.M. Rollins Elementary, Oxford
Ronald Reagan High School, Pfafftown
Pinecrest High, Southern Pines
The ONeal School, Southern Pines
Bethel Elementary School, Sugar Grove
Braxton Craven Middle School, Trinity
Heritage Middle School, Wake Forest
Swift Creek Elementary, Whitakers
Wilkesboro Elementary, Wilkesboro
Calvary Christian School, Wilmington
Trask Middle School, Wilmington
Paisley IB Magnet, Winston-Salem
Wiley Middle School, Winston-Salem
Greenville Montessori, Winterville
Mabel School, Zionville

Don't see your school on the list? Join TODAY!
If your school has participated or is currently participating and you are not on the list above, please let us know!

Additional Links of Interest

Person of the Week: Greg Mortenson, ABC World News World News with Charles Gibson video segment from March 27, 2009

Greg Mortenson’s Blog:

Greg Mortenson’s Website:

Global Education in NC

Salem Academy Embraces World Cultures at International Day 2009!

Scenes from International Day at Salem Academy

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Mark Your Calendars and Register Now!
World View's Annual K-12 Global Education Symposium
"21st Century Skills for the Global Economy"

October 14-15, 2009
Registration Now Open

Co-sponsored by:
UNC School of Education and
The Center for International Understanding

Today’s employers need graduates equipped with the skills necessary to compete in an increasingly global, knowledge-based economy. World View’s symposium offers educators from all subject areas and in all grade levels techniques for integrating 21st Century skills 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.

Cost (North Carolina Educators): Registration is $150 per person.  A team of 4 is $500 (save $100).  A team is comprised of 4 or more individuals from a school, college, or district.  Only $125 for each additional team member per seminar.

Cost (Out-of-State Educators): Registration is $250 per person.


Religions of South Asia
Field Trip
April 19, 2008


Learn about three of the major religious traditions of South Asia by touring three local places of worship: the Sikh Gurudwara of NC in Durham, the Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville, and the Raleigh Islamic Center. At each site we will have the opportunity to observe worship in progress, and to have conversations with practitioners of each faith. You are strongly encouraged to attend all three segments of the Field Trip. People of all ages and religious backgrounds are welcome.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Begin at the Gurudwara at 12:45PM, end approximately 5:30PM.

For directions and complete information, visit the website:  
or contact Professor Afroz Taj by calling 919-851-1119.

This field trip is sponsored by the Hindi-Urdu Program at UNC Chapel Hill, and co-sponsored by the NC Center for South Asia Studies. It will be co-led by Dr. Lauren Leve (UNC Chapel Hill) and Dr. Pankaj Jain (NC State).


Bringing the Natural Environment into Teaching History: Nature and Culture in the History of the Americas
Project in Historical Education Workshop
May 2, 10 am - 3 pm
Carolina Center for Educational Excellence
Chapel Hill, NC

This workshop will invite teachers to explore ways in which the natural environment and human cultures shape the landscapes in which they live. Through lectures and discussions we will highlight the integration of nature and culture in the historical processes that communities remember and share in their sense of identity. Illustrative examples will lead workshop participants to consider comparative borderlands and their environments in different geographical and political regions of the Americas.  

Dr. Cynthia Radding, workshop leader, is a distinguished Professor of Latin American Studies and History at UNC - Chapel Hill. She specializes in colonial borderlands, with an emphasis on the environment, culture, society, and indigenous peoples.  


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. This workshop is free to the public. Attendees can receive 0.5 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits.  

To register for this workshop, please email April 27


Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program,
now recruiting teachers for two week program abroad

IREX, an international non-profit organization in Washington, DC is recruiting for an international travel grant opportunity for US secondary level teachers through the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program.  This two-week professional exchange program is in one of the following countries: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nicaragua, Senegal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine, and is funded by the U.S. Department of State. 

Eligible applicants must be:

  • Secondary-level, full-time teachers with five or more years of classroom experience in disciplines including English as a Foreign Language, English Language or Literature, and the Social Sciences (including social studies, civics, and history);
  • U.S. citizenship; and
  • Ability to travel in April, 2010.
The program is fully funded and provides: visa support; round-trip domestic airfare, lodging and meals to attend the TEA U.S. Conference; round-trip airfare from the U.S. to the assigned country; emergency medical insurance; as well as lodging and a daily stipend in host country. The TEA U.S. teacher application is available at:

Deadline: April 27, 2009


Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators (HITE)
June 1 June 5, 2009
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Washington, DC

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in cooperation with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) will host the third Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators (HITE) in Summer 2009.

Participants will share ideas and collaborate on ways to better equip teacher candidates with the content and skills for teaching this material.

The Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators (HITE) is designed to:

  • Encourage teacher educators to use the history of the Holocaust as a model for teacher candidates;
  • Prepare teacher candidates to teach about the Holocaust in middle and secondary school settings;
  • Use national and state content standards in teaching about the Holocaust; and
  • Consider the ethical implications for classroom teachers in teaching about the Holocaust.
  • Attend the one-week institute at the USHMM in Washington, DC;
  • Participate in pre- and post-Institute online discussions, e.g., web-based discussion board; and
  • Serve in a leadership role within the teacher education community in preparing candidates to appropriately teach about the Holocaust and genocide

Costs: There is no registration fee for HITE. Participants pay for travel, hotel, and expenses.

For more information and to apply for HITE go to or click here


International Organizations in an Unstable World
Institute on International Affairs For High School Educators
June 22-26, 2009
Washington, DC

Each year, the World Affairs Council, Washington DC conducts the Summer Institute on International Affairs. The intensive week-long workshop for middle and high school educators and administrators combines experts and presentations with the resource necessary to integrate international affairs with traditional curricula. This year the Summer Institute will focus on the role and impact of international institutions in an unstable world. For more information, please visit: