Global Updates From World View
May 2009

Resources for Teaching Latin America

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Global Education in NC

Learning with the World:
Schools Partner with Schools in China

The UNC Center for International Understanding (CIU) is a leader in connecting North Carolina schools to the world. One CIU program, International School Partnerships, partners NC middle and high schools with schools in China, Denmark, and Mexico. Students are not only learning about the people and places of their partner school, but they are learning to work together through collaborative projects and exchanges. Students and teachers across the state and in Denmark, Mexico, and China have benefited greatly because of these partnerships. To read more about what’s happening with China partnerships in North Carolina, click here.

R-S Center High's partner school, Heng Shanqiao Senior High School in Changzhou, China.


Teaching about Latin America is not only important for North Carolina’s sixth grade teachers, but for all educators. As we experience a growing number of immigrant students in our classrooms it is becoming increasingly more important for educators and students to learn about the countries in Latin America from which these students come. This month’s Global Update provides resources for learning and teaching about Latin America. Included are links to maps and country profiles, current events and news about the region, curriculum resources, and additional local resources.

I. Maps and Country or Regional Profiles

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas, Maps of the Americas

David Rumsey Map Collection
The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 20,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials.

CIA, The World Factbook

National Geographic
Central America:

South America:


US Dept of State, Background Notes

II. Current Events and Perspectives

CNN Americas Section

New York Times, Americas Section

Perspectives from around the World:
Encourage your students to think critically and examine issues relevant to Latin America through a different, non-American lens, as well as through the information they receive from American media. The internet has opened the door to finding resources with multiple perspectives. Ask your students if they agree with the view points presented and why or why not?. Help your student develop a true global perspective. The following sites will help: (Front pages from newspapers around the world) (Links to newspapers from the Americas) (Links to newspapers from South America)   (a national media watch group, offering criticism of media bias and censorship)   (Link TV broadcasts programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on international news, current events, and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the U.S. media.)

III. Curriculum and Classroom Activities

Outreach World, a group representing the Title VI National Resource Centers recommends the following lessons or activities:

Grades K-5
1. Aztec Folk Literature:

2. From Corn to Tortillas:

3. Latin American Literature:

4. Mayan Mathematics and Architecture:

5. Mercado:

6. Three Latin American Folktales:

7. Through the Eyes of a Child:

Grades 6-8
1. Effects of European Explorations in Latin America:

2. Folk Dances / Los Viejos:

3. In My Other Life:

4. Latin American Geography:

5. Migrations:

6. People and Place: Curriculum Resources on Human - Environmental Interactions:

Grades 9-12
1. Border Studies Curriculum:

2. Celebration of Mexicanos Through Music, Dance, and Art:

3. Do I Have Culture?:

4. Gabriel García Márquez:

5. Human Rights in Latin America:

6. Introduction to the Caribbean:

7. Land of Diversity:

Additional Curriculum Units:

Choices, Brown University
Caught Between Two Worlds: Mexico at the Crossroads
This unit involves students in Mexico's wrenching economic and cultural transformation. It probes Mexico's complex identity and history, from a Mexican perspective, to bring students face-to-face with the policy choices confronting the people of Mexico today. A proposed 5-day lesson plan and all materials are included.

Contesting Cuba's Past and Future
The unit puts students in the role of Cubans today as they consider Cuba's future. It traces Cuba's highly contested history from the country's pre-colonial past to its most recent economic, social, and political changes. A proposed 5-day lesson plan and all materials are included.

The Cuban Missile Crisis: Considering its Place in Cold War History
This unit probes the complex relationship between the United States and Cuba, and examines the crisis that brought the world to the brink of war. A proposed 5-day lesson plan and all materials are included.

From Colony to Democracy: Considering Brazil's Development
This unit explores the choices Brazilians faced as the country transitioned to democracy in the mid-1980s and introduces historical forces that informed debates at that time.

Rethinking Schools
The Line Between Us: Teaching about the Border and Mexican Immigration
The Line Between Us explores the history of U.S. - Mexican relations and the roots of Mexican immigration, all in the context of the global economy. It shows how teachers can help students understand the immigrant experience and the drama of border life., Online Resources for Global Educators
Professor Merry Merryfield at Ohio State University provides a treasure trove of resources on Latin America.

IV. Resources from the UNC- Chapel Hill / Duke University Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Consortium of Latin American and Caribbean (CLACS) is a Title VI National Resource Center located at UNC at Chapel Hill and Duke University. In addition to the resources listed below, The Consortium can provide workshops, assistance in developing specialized curriculum, and guest speakers for classrooms. Workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of individual teachers or schools. If you're interested in a workshop, partnering to develop curriculum, or locating a guest speaker, contact LeAnne Disla at

Multimedia presentations
These downloadable PowerPoint presentations are available for K-12 teachers and administrations who wish to use them as supplementary material. Students may also find them useful for projects and/or presentations.

This webpage provides an online catalog of more than 400 films in English and Spanish available for free rental and a list of recommended films for primary and secondary classrooms. Guides to selected films are also available for download.

Curriculum list
Curriculum written by CLACS employees is available for download, as well as links to other recommended curriculum books and guides for teaching about Latin America and the Caribbean.

Culture discovery boxes
Culture discovery boxes include artifacts, publications, and photos from some of the diverse indigenous communities found throughout Latin America. Culture boxes are available to borrow from the Consortium.

"NC Meets Mexico" traveling exhibit
This photo exhibit chronicles a group of NC educators as they traveled through Mexico in 2000. The exhibit is available for display in schools, community centers, or public facilities as a focal point of cross-cultural dialogue between North Carolinians and the Mexican community.

Day of the Dead traveling exhibit
This exhibition includes many objects which may be used in planning an altar display to celebrate Day of the Dead. Those wishing to borrow this exhibit can construct their own altar or use existing display space. The Duke-UNC Program can help with this planning.

The CLACS Outreach Office is very interested in partnering with you to bring Latin America and Caribbean-related programs to your school. To develop a partnership, send your ideas for collaboration to Outreach Program Coordinator LeAnne Disla at

Global Education in NC

Learning with the World:
NC Schools Partner with Schools in China

The UNC Center for International Understanding (CIU) is a leader in connecting North Carolina schools to the world. One CIU program, International School Partnerships, partners NC middle and high schools with schools in China, Denmark, and Mexico. Students are not only learning about the people and places of their partner school, but they are learning to work together through collaborative projects and exchanges. Students and teachers across the state and in Denmark, Mexico, and China have benefited greatly because of these partnerships.

R-S Central High School in Rutherford County
Lori Lambert, assistant principal at R-S Central High School and Jennifer Patton, English teacher, led a group of 16 students and 4 adults on a program to China. The group visited sites in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. The itinerary also included a two-day visit to their partner school in Changzhou. For more details and photographs go to the R-S Central High School's website at

First Flight High School in Dare County
English teacher, Jane Shipman, and social studies teacher, Brian Phoebus led a 12 day tour to China last March. The group of 13 included 11 students who spent 3 days in Shanghai before moving on to a 4 day stay in Wuxi visiting their partner school. The group then flew to Xi’an and Beijing before returning.

Sanderson High School in Wake County
Sanderson High hosted four teachers and eight students from Zhonghua High School in Nanjing, China last March. This visit was a continuation of the school’s partnership exchange that began in 2006. The students stayed with host families and attended classes. The students who hosted will receive reciprocal arrangements when they travel to Nanjing in the fall of 2009. Since initiating the partnership in 2006, Sanderson has received 2 teacher/administrator delegations from Zhonghua, sent a teacher/administrator delegation to Nanjing, and introduced an elective focusing on Asian Studies.

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

October 14-15, 2009
Registration Now Open

Co-sponsored by:
The North Carolina State
Board of Education,
the Thomas H. Maren Foundation,
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.


Global EditionThe New York TimesThe Global Edition of The New York Times

Combining the international reporting of The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, the Global Edition provides readers with a 24/7 flow of geopolitical, business, sports and fashion coverage from a distinctly global perspective. Learn more about global current events and share the news with your students today!


Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University Now Hiring
Outreach and Communications Coordinator

The Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI) of Duke University has an opening for the position of Outreach and Communications Coordinator. This will be a 30 hour/week position with benefits, with the potential of upgrading to a 40 hour/week position. The position is classified as Program Coordinator, Level 10, Job Family 28 in the Duke system. To view a full job description and summary of desired qualifications click here or to learn more about APSI go to:


2009 Duke University Summer Institutes on East Asia


Elementary and Middle School Educators
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Duke University

Topics covered: 
- Chinese Shadow Puppets
- Writing & Singing Haiku
- Korean Dance
- Elementary School Elections & Democracy in China

Middle and High School Educators
Friday, June 26, 2009

Duke University 

Topics covered: 
- Comparative Politics of China, Japan and Korea
- International Relations in East Asia
- Japan and World War II: Wings of Defeat
- Japanese Literature Connections
- Korean Dance

Workshop participants receive:  
1. Ready-to-use materials and lesson plans for classroom use with tie-ins to NC Standard Course of Study
2. $100 stipend
3. 7.5 credit hours, with the opportunity to receive 1CEU
4. Continental breakfast, lunch
, snack
5. Duke parking permit for the day

REGISTRATION FEE: There is a $25 NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee to attend this institute. (The net stipend is $75 since you will need to pay $25 in advance to reserve a space.) Space is limited and fills quickly on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Middle school teachers should choose the program whose content best suits his or her teaching needs. Each educator may only apply for ONE institute.


An online application can be found at:

or you may access the survey directly here.


Questions? Please contact: 

Cindy Carlson
Grants & Outreach Coordinator
Asian/Pacific Studies Institute
Duke University
Tel: 919-668-2280 or

Thinking Visually: Using Art to Support Literacy Instruction

Ackland Art Museum Summer Teacher Institute

July 28, 29, and 30, 2009
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Participants in this three-day teacher program will discover ways to connect the visual arts to reading and writing experiences in the classroom and beyond. Experience art-based gallery activities and learn how they help students practice and develop skills used by successful readers and writers. Art used during the program and the activities used relate strongly to the 4th – 8th grade social studies curriculum.

The participation of interdisciplinary teams including visual arts and reading resource teachers is encouraged. The program as stated offers 1.8 CEUs, with the required permission from your school system. Additional CEUs are possible with advance consultation and some additional post-program work.

Registration required. $110 for Ackland members; $150 for non-members. Teachers from the same school receive an additional 10% off. To register, call 919-962-0479 or email

The Ackland Art Museum is located in Chapel Hill on South Columbia Street at Franklin Street. For more information, go to


Track the H1N1 Flu

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New Math Curriculum from Facing the Future

Facing the Future announces the release of Real World Math: Engaging Students through Global Issues. This two-part math resource engages students in learning foundational algebra and geometry through real-world data on global issues. The teacher's guide and corresponding student workbook contain 15 lessons on topics such as climate change, population, and financial literacy. Each lesson in the teacher's guide includes:
  • A complete lesson plan including an activity-based 'hook' to engage students
  • Masters for student lesson handouts
  • Masters for practice worksheets

All lessons were inspired, researched, designed, reviewed, and pilot tested by educators in the field. Built into each lesson are:

  • Real-world data
  • Contextual math problems
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards alignment
  • Activity-based lesson 'hooks' that grab students' interest
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Bonus and extension problems
  • Action project ideas
  • Additional resource

The corresponding Real World Math student workbook includes lesson handouts, supplemental worksheets, and topical background readings that directly connect with the lessons in the teacher's guide.

Learn more about this resource and download sample lessons.


Free Online Lesson
Teaching with the News
Crisis in Zimbabwe

Once one of Southern Africa’s most prosperous countries, Zimbabwe today is wracked by massive hyperinflation, 80 percent unemployment, political violence and repression, and a devastating cholera epidemic.

The Choices Program has developed a new Teaching with the News lesson to help students better understand the current political, economic, and health crisis in Zimbabwe. Readings explore the country’s past and the historical origins of the crisis. The lesson asks students to consider what role, if any, the international community should play in Zimbabwe, through the perspectives of a number of UN member countries.

This lesson can be used as a supplement to the curriculum The United Nations: Challenges and Change


National Council for the Social Studies Award for Global Understanding Call for Nominations

NCSS is currently accepting nominations for the 2009 Global Understanding Award given to a social studies educator (or team of educators) who has made notable contributions in helping social studies students increase their understanding of the world. Award-winners receive a $2,000 cash award and other prizes. 
Due May 15.
For more information click here