Global Updates From World View
November 2009

International Summer Opportunities for Educators and Students

This annual issue of Global Updates highlights a sample of summer institutes or courses, international service learning and exchange opportunities, and international study tours for educators and a special section with a few opportunities for students.

We decided to send it out earlier this year, because we realize that many deadlines for summer programs are approaching. On the other hand, many organizations do not yet have their 2010 information posted, so be sure to keep checking the websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

I. Summer Institutes, Courses, and Conferences (U.S.-based)

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition Summer Institutes
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota has sponsored a summer institute program for second language teachers since 1996. CARLA summer institutes attract participants from around the globe including program administrators, curriculum specialists, and foreign language and ESL teachers at all levels of instruction. Eleven institutes will be offered in 2010. The 2010 institute schedule will be posted in January at
Location: Minneapolis, MN

International Studies Summer Institute 2010
Educators (grades six and above) will create internationally-themed lesson plans and apply their problem-solving skills to international issues. There will be many activities such as international films, simulation games, and cultural entertainment. See details at:
Dates: July 7-15, 2010
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Cost: $200 technology and registration fee

Choices Program Summer Institute
This four-day summer institute for secondary teachers joins content and methodology. Multiple scholars provide content sessions while lead teachers help participants incorporate content into their teaching. Past institute topics include Living in the Nuclear Age: Facing the Challenges, Iran through the Looking Glass – Perceptions and Misperceptions, and Challenges to National Security. 2010 institute information will be available at
Location: Providence, Rhode Island

Pearl Harbor: History, Memory, Memorial, The East-West Center
This workshop provides historical and cultural context for understanding the Pearl Harbor attacks. Through hands-on sessions and conversations with leading U.S. and Japanese scholars, participants will explore issues of content and pedagogy in teaching Pearl Harbor. They will develop plans for collaborative projects and lesson plans integrating materials from the workshop. Participants will visit the Arizona Memorial and related sites and will have the unique opportunity to meet with Pearl Harbor survivors, WWII generation residents of Hawaii, and Japanese Americans who spent the wartime years in internment camps. The program is designed for middle and high school educators teaching humanities subjects but other K-12 educators are eligible to participate, subject to available space. Forthcoming 2010 program information will be available on the East West Center website:
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Seminar on Korean History & Culture and the Korean American Experience
This five-day seminar provides an understanding of Korean history, fosters an awareness of its rich culture, and makes available outstanding resources and lessons. Participants learn about Korea from prominent scholars, view engaging films, explore Koreatown, savor delicious food, visit a Buddhist temple, view exquisite art, hear the unique sounds of Korean music, and more. Participants also will learn about additional study and travel grants. For further 2010 program information e-mail or watch for upcoming information at
August 2-6, 2010
Los Angeles, California

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)
SEASSI is an eight-week intensive language training program for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals, held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Instruction is offered in the following languages:  Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese. Each language course is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic-year credit.  Instruction is given in small individualized groups. Visit for more information.
Application deadline: February 19, 2010
June 14 - August 6, 2010
Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Understanding and Teaching about Islam
Dar al Islam offers a free residential two-week long summer institute, primarily for secondary school teachers. The program covers the faith, civilization, and world-view of Islam through a study of primary texts and classical and later interpretations. The goal is for educators to see how Islam works in the daily life of Muslims and to better understand the basic tenets of this fast growing faith in the US and the world. Graduate-level college credits available. For program brochure see:
Application deadline: March 16, 2010
Dates: July 11 - 25, 2010
Location: Abiquiu, New Mexico
Cost: No registration costs, participants must pay for their own travel to Albuquerque. “Rustic” accommodations provided. There is a fee to earn college credits.

Educator of Excellence Institutes, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Each year the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science invites educators to experience the natural world firsthand. Educators explore wildlife and geology. Previous institutes ventured into Yellowstone National Park. Applications for 2010 will be available in January at .

Yale Summer Institutes: Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER)
The MacMillan Center of Yale University draws upon university resources to offer a summer institute series. Previous PIER Summer Institutes have included topics from The Teaching of Africa to Latin America and the Cold War. A larger PIER Conference concludes the institute schedule. Watch for 2010 schedule announcements at
Location: New Haven, Connecticut. Institutes may also spend days in New York City or Washington, D.C.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes
Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers full-time teachers in any American K-12 school opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of summer seminars and institutes. The principle goal is to engage teachers in studies of the humanities through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection. Seminars and institutes focus on themes from history, literature, and world cultures. For forthcoming program dates and information visit:
Location: various locations in the U.S. and abroad

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Summer Seminars for Teachers
These weeklong summer seminars provide intellectual development as well as a context for developing classroom resources and strategies. The Institute offers thirty-eight different seminars from “The International Impact of the Declaration of Independence” to “The Age of Lincoln” and “The Global Cold War”. Visit for more information.
Application deadline: February 15, 2010
weeklong seminars occur June 28 – August 7, 2010
Location: various locations in the U.S. and the U.K.
Cost: The Gilder Lehrman Institute covers all books, room, and board as well as providing a $400 (U.S.) or $500 (abroad) stipend. Participants cover all other travel and personal expenses.

National Humanities Center Summer Institutes
The National Humanities Center, located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina, is a privately incorporated independent institute for advanced study in the humanities. The Center sponsors programs to strengthen the teaching of the humanities in secondary and higher education and hosts regular public events to encourage greater public awareness and understanding of the importance of the humanities in American life. Check the website in coming months for summer program information:
Location: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

II. Service Learning, Volunteer, and Exchange Opportunities

Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural Solutions’ flexible international volunteer programs offer the opportunity to come face-to-face with global issues and become part of productive solutions. They have developed partnerships with social service pioneers in a number of host countries and sponsor projects that focus on health care, education, and social development. Volunteer Abroad participants can choose from almost 200 start dates and from 12 countries. The website provides further information for one week and 2-12 week programs.
Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
Cost: $1,853 – and higher (excludes travel to and from the site)

Earthwatch Institute
Earthwatch expeditions allow participants to work side-by-side with leading scientists on ongoing research projects worldwide. Through the Live from the Field programs educators can bring their experiences to the classroom via blogs, photos, videos, lessons and activities. Fellowships are awarded through a competitive application process to elementary, middle, and high school educators and administrators. For information on educator opportunities see:
Duration: varies
Cost: $450 - $5,050 (excludes travel to and from the site; fellowships available)

Global Educators Program
The Global Educators Program provides educators with 3 or 4 week, team-teaching experiences in sites around the world. The program has placed over 500 educators in "host schools" in over 50 countries. Each participant chooses the location to which s/he will travel and designs a personalized professional development plan to meet his/her specific needs and interests. In addition to the international teaching experience, participants earn graduate credits by participating in conferences and workshops, designing 'globalized' curriculum and/or comparative research projects, and developing collaborative telecommunications projects between home and host school students and teachers. Course is open to pre-K through post-secondary educators, all subject and content areas, including administration, special needs, counseling, vocational education, etc. Applications accepted through mid-March. For further information visit:
Duration: 3 - 4 weeks
Cost: varies

Global Volunteer Network
The Global Volunteer Network offers volunteer opportunities in community projects throughout the world. They currently provide volunteer programs in 21 countries throughout South America, Africa, and Asia. For more information visit:
Duration: 1 week – 6 months
Cost: varies depending on country of program and length of stay; fundraising packet available.

Global Volunteers
Global Volunteers places volunteers in 150 programs in 20 countries, including the United States. Teams of volunteers live and work together with local people on human and economic development projects. For a global volunteer schedule see:
Duration: 1 - 3 weeks (extended service term 6-24 weeks)
Cost: $50 - $3,000+ ; fundraising options available.

Habitat for Humanity: Global Village Program
Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village trips allows participants a unique opportunity to become active partners with people of another culture. Team members work alongside members of the host country to build homes in impoverished areas, while also experiencing the community’s culture, language, and social practices. For more information see the program fact sheet at:
Duration: 9 - 14 days
Cost: $1,275 - $2,500 (includes room and board, travel insurance, in country transportation, and a donation to the project; airfare not included)

Operations Crossroads Africa
Operations Crossroads Africa is a cross-cultural exchange program offering seven-week volunteer opportunities in various African countries. All projects are community-initiated, so participants will live and work with hosts who have designed the project. Projects fall into five categories: community construction/development, women in development, agriculture/reforestation, community medical or health outreach, and education/training projects. For more information see:
Duration/Dates: 7 weeks / June 15 - August 10, 2010
Cost: $3,800 (includes airfare, in country travel, room and board, materials; fundraising options available.)

Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad has many volunteer programs for both educators and students (16 and over). Programs are in teaching, care and community, medicine, conservation, business, journalism, veterinary medicine, physiotherapy, animal care, IT projects, sports, law, Nomad projects, Inca projects, Khmer projects, Spanish, French, and Russian. Programs are currently available in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific. For more information see:
Duration: 2 weeks - 6 months
Cost: $2,195-$5,000+ (includes housing, meals, medical and travel insurance, visa support, and program; travel to site is not included)

Service Civil International Voluntary Service
Service Civil International is a non-profit network for voluntary service promoting global tolerance and understanding through grassroots community service in 50 countries. Its work camp service visits require less out-of-pocket cost, but are somewhat more rustic – often requiring volunteers to bring sleeping bags and tents. Participants must be willing to live, work, and cook together with others from different backgrounds and cultures. See for more information.
Duration: 2 - 3 weeks
Cost: $235 for overseas camps and $100 for US camps (excludes travel to and from the site)

WorldTeach at the Center for International Development
WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at Harvard University that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries. In addition to year-long programs, World Teach also offers summer service programs in Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Namibia, Poland, and South Africa. For details visit:
Duration: 2 months - 1 year
Cost: $1,500-$5,990 (includes airfare)

III. Study Tours

World View Study Visit to Brazil
This thirteen-day tour will explore issues of race, class, and poverty, while learning about Brazil’s culture and education system. This World View study visit will provide a unique and challenging professional development opportunity culminating in knowledge, strategies, and experiences that will add global focus to your teaching. The itinerary includes the Brazilian states of Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. Highlights include touring an interior river town, Bahia’s capital city, and the Atlantic Rain Forest of Tijuca. While in Bahia, the group will be hosted by the non-profit organization Bahia Street, providing the rare opportunity to experience Salvador through the eyes of its African-Brazilian majority. The group will visit schools and organizations to learn about the educational opportunities and challenges for youth and explore Brazil’s art, religions, and environment. For further details see:
Application deadline: December 1, 2009
June 23-July 5, 2010
Location: Brazil
Cost: $3,700 (includes airfare)

World View Study Tour to Honduras
Join World View and North Carolina educators in experiencing a country, culture, people, and education system different than your own. Participants become leaders for global education by exploring the Honduran education system, global poverty issues, and Heifer International’s best practices in sustainable development. The itinerary will lead educators through southwestern Honduras where various Heifer project sites are being implemented to alleviate poverty. At the end of the tour, participants will visit the ancient Mayan city of Copan and witness one of America’s most well-preserved archeological sites. For further details see:
Application deadline: December 1, 2009
July 5-13, 2010 (tour 1) and July 23-31, 2010 (tour 2)
Location: Honduras
Cost: $1,850 (includes airfare)

Contemporary Russia: A Summer Area Studies Program in Moscow, Russia
This program is open to U.S. elementary and secondary school teachers, sponsored by the American Councils for International Education. No prior knowledge of Russian required and significant financial aid is available. Educators may qualify to earn academic credit from Bryn Mawr College. For more information visit:
June 08 – Aug. 9, 2010
Location: Moscow, Russia

Ecuador Culture and Ecology Institute, NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Heifer International
Explore the connections between environmental sustainability and poverty during this special collaboration between the Museum and Heifer International ( Experience and learn about South American ecosystems and the people who live and work in them. Participants will visit several Heifer International projects which focus on helping impoverished families move from poverty toward self-reliance. Information and applications will be posted in January:

GEEO Travel Opportunities for Educators
GEEO is a non-profit organization created to help and encourage educators to travel abroad in order to bring their experiences back into the classroom and create a more outward-looking next generation of Americans. In the summer of 2010, GEEO will be leading educator trips to Tunisia, Peru, South Africa, China, and India. These trips are customized to include activities that will be particularly interesting to teachers, including school visits. Detailed information about each trip including itineraries, travel dates, and more can be found at under "Our Travel Programs".

Augsburg College Center for Global Education Travel Seminars
The Center for Global Education will host summer travel seminars to Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Trips explore themes from “Poetry and Politics” to “Education for Decolonization.” Application deadlines, cost, and schedule vary. For more information visit:

Toyota International Teacher Program
The Toyota International Teacher Program focuses on ways in which U.S. teachers can incorporate environmental education into their classrooms through interdisciplinary and solution-centered approaches. The teacher program to Costa Rica explores the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica while studying natural and cultural preservation. The Galapagos Islands trip explores environmental solutions through panel discussions, lectures, and through interactions with local teachers and citizens. For more information see:
Application deadline: January 6, 2010
Costa Rica June 18 - July 3, 2010 , Galapagos dates not yet available
Location: Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands
Cost: All program materials, transportation, meals, and lodging are covered.

Travel and Teach, The East-West Center 
This unique program offers US K-12 teachers the opportunity to develop meaningful real-life connections to cultures, religions, economy, ecologies, and more through experiential professional learning, enriched by one-on-one interactions with people in local communities. Previous “Travel and Teach” itineraries provided knowledge-enhanced immersion experiences in Cambodia and Indonesia. Application and destination information will be made available at the Center’s website:

Tropical Ecology Institute, Educator of Excellence Institute, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Learn firsthand about surprising similarities between the tropics and your own backyard. Discover exotic species of birds, butterflies, arthropods, and other animals unique to the tropics. This program is for North Carolina educators of all grade levels with science as part of their teaching responsibility.  Information and applications will be posted in January:
Location: Belize, Central America

American Councils for International Education Seminars
These educational seminars are designed to improve mutual understanding among teachers, administrators, schools, and communities in the U.S. and other countries as well as increase content knowledge. 2010 programs include a Greek Classics Program; India Summer Program for English, Math, or Science Teachers; Italy Classics Program; and Uruguay-United States Educator Exchange Program. For more information visit:
Application deadline:
January 4, 2010 (Uruguay host December 7, 2009 or host and travel March 1, 2010)
Cost: All travel and program expenses are covered.

Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad
These programs provide short-term seminars for elementary or high school educators in the social sciences and humanities. Participants will improve their knowledge of the people and cultures of the country they visit through a combined academic and cultural experience. Programs are made available through interagency agreements and bi-national organizations. Although 2010 deadlines have past, visit the website to apply for 2011 programs:
Dates: dates vary according to location
Location: Hungary and the Czech Republic, Mexico, India, Brazil, Egypt, and Senegal
Cost: Airfare, room and board, in-country travel, and fees are covered by the program. Participants are responsible for a “cost share” which usually totals $450.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Summer Seminars for Teachers
These weeklong summer seminars provide intellectual development as well as a context for developing classroom resources and strategies. The Institute offers thirty-eight different seminars from “The International Impact of the Declaration of Independence” to “The Age of Lincoln” and “The Global Cold War”. Visit for more information.
Application deadline: February 15, 2010
weeklong seminars occur June 28 – August 7, 2010
Location: various locations in the U.S. and the U.K.
Cost: The Gilder Lehrman Institute covers all books, room, and board as well as providing a $400 (U.S.) or $500 (abroad) stipend. Participants cover all other travel and personal expenses.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes
Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers full-time teachers in any American K-12 school opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of summer seminars and institutes. The principle goal is to engage teachers in studies of the humanities through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection. Seminars and institutes focus on themes from history, literature, and world cultures. 2010 dates and application materials will be available in November on the website,
Location: various locations in the U.S. and abroad
Cost: The price of seminars and institutes vary. All teachers selected to participate will receive a fixed stipend based on the length of the seminar to cover travel, research, and living expenses.

IV. Student Opportunities

Challenge: TOMORROW
Challenge: TOMORROW leads students ages 12-16 through a 21 day summer program that provides Chinese cultural perspective, Mandarin language instruction, leadership skill development, team building, problem solving skills, and sustainable relationship development opportunities. This program includes an extensive pre-travel preparation study and post-travel support activities. For more information see:

Civic Education Project, Middle and High School Summer Student Programs
The Civic Education Project (CEP), a leadership and citizenship program at Northwestern University, offers an intensive three-week service-learning course for 7th-12th graders during the summer.  CEP programs explore complex social issues through academic study, meaningful service work, and meetings with community leaders. Youth will learn how to apply their skills and abilities to pressing social issues in their own communities.  This year, CEP will offer programs in Baltimore, Evanston, Chicago, New York City, Washington, DC and San Francisco covering a wide variety of topics including poverty, homelessness, education, public health, law, politics, leadership, and social change.  For more information visit:

National Geographic Student Expeditions
National Geographic Student Expeditions, designed for high school students, offer active, hands-on expeditions combining education and adventure. Student projects allow them to focus on a particular area of interest—photography, writing, culture, or conservation, while spending three weeks exploring fascinating places like Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, China, India, or Spain. U.S. destinations include Hawaii and Bar Harbor, Maine. To learn more visit:

Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Exchange is open to young people ages 15-25 worldwide. Youth serve as ambassadors of American culture while living in a new country and meeting new friends. Short and long term exchanges are available. For more information visit:

Columbia University Pre-college Summer High School Program
The School of Continuing Education at Columbia University offers students entering 11th or 12th grade in fall 2010 the opportunity to experience college life while living in a foreign city. Students will broaden their world view through one of two vigorous academic programs: “The Barcelona Experience” or “Culture and History: Understanding the Arab World.” For more information visit:

World Affairs Seminar
The World Affairs Seminar is an educational program for high school students that provides a forum for future leaders to be introduced to some of the most perplexing global issues and problems. It enables hundreds of the best and brightest students from all over the world to come together in Wisconsin to study and discuss these issues in a safe and non-threatening environment. Seminar participants may be exchange students representing some 50 countries. The 2010 central theme is “The Global Freshwater Challenge”. The daily academic schedule consists of college level lectures, documentary films and Global Forum simulation group meetings. For application information see:

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Latin America and North Carolina
March 23-24, 2010

Co-sponsored by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UNC at Chapel Hill and Duke University & The Jack and Mary McCall Foundation
This seminar offers insights into Latin America and support for all K-12 and community college educators facing the challenges and opportunities of our growing immigrant student population. Help your Latino students succeed in school by learning about Latin America, critical issues facing Latino students, and new teaching strategies to support students and their families. One-and-a-half CEU will be awarded for completion of the program.

East Asia in the 21st Century
March 24-25, 2010

Co-sponsored by the Asian/ Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University
East Asia plays a strategic role in shaping our global economy and we need to better understand this region of the world. Explore Chinese, Japanese, and Korean culture, history, politics, and relationships with the world and learn strategies for integrating East Asian themes across the curriculum. This program is designed for all K-12 and community college educators. One-and-a-half CEU will be awarded for completion of the program.

Creating a Global Media Center:
A Workshop for School Media and Technology Specialists

 April 22-23, 2010

Co-sponsored by the UNC School of Education and UNC Libraries
This workshop will introduce emerging technologies used to bring the world to North Carolina’s K-12 schools. The program is designed to help school media specialists and technology facilitators better understand our interconnected world by learning about technology use for the 21st Century. Resources and strategies to increase and improve content, collection, and integration of global themes in the school’s media center will be provided. One CEU will be awarded for completion of the program.

Seminar Cost (NC educators): Registration is $150 per person per seminar or $275 for both seminars. A Team of 4 is $500 per seminar. A Team is comprised of 4 or more individuals from a school, college, or district. Only $125 for each additional Team member per seminar. REGISTER FOR BOTH SEMINARS OR AS A TEAM AND SAVE!

Media Workshop Cost (NC educators): Registration is $150 per person.

Seminar or Workshop
Cost (Out-of-State Educators): Registration is $250 per person per seminar or workshop.

For more information, or
to register go to:

World View
Study Visits 2010

Every summer World View leads study visits countries or regions of the world where many North Carolina educators may not have traveled before. From our own experiences, we understand that travel abroad changes our lives for the better. It broadens our perspectives, it challenges our understanding of ourselves, and it helps us understand those whose cultures are different from our own.  For those of us who are educators, international travel helps us help our students understand the world in more complex ways—and to understand their place in this world. 

World View will be traveling to Brazil and Honduras in summer 2010. Join us for a unique and challenging professional development opportunity!

Application Deadline: December 1, 2009

For more information and an application, go to:


Fund for Teachers Provides Global Learning for America's Top Teachers

Fund for Teachers invites educators from across the country to dream big and submit proposals for their own do-it-yourself learning odysseys next summer. Destinations and disciplines are limitless as the itineraries of 3,500 teachers over the past nine years include tours, conferences, and independent studies on every continent. Individuals can receive up to $5,000, and teams up to $10,00 for summer 2010 travel! North Carolina teachers from dozens of schools qualify. Go to for more information and an application. To see the list of qualifying NC schools, click here.

Application Deadline: January 29, 2010


What's Your Global IQ?

How much do you know about urgent global issues. Take President Bill Clinton's Global IQ Quiz to find out.


Center for International Understanding Now Recruiting Schools for Denmark Partnerships

WHAT: NC school partnerships with schools in Denmark.  The Center for International Understanding (CIU), is accepting applications from NC high schools interested in partnerships with schools in Denmark.  

WHY: To provide your students with the opportunity to learn with - not just about people of other cultures, and to develop special skills to succeed in a global environment.   A priority of the NC State Board of Education is that every public school student will graduate from high school globally competent.  When NC students graduate, they will be involved in the world marketplace, working for international companies, or perhaps working on international teams to solve world health and environmental challenges. Help your students acquire the knowledge, skills and perspective they’ll need to succeed in our ever-changing global environment through direct contact with Danish students.  

CONTACT: For more information and a school partnership application, contact: Angie Bolin, Partnership Coordinator
Center for International Understanding,
100 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609
919-420-1360, ext. 200

The Center is a public service program of the University of North Carolina.


Euro Challenge Competition
The Euro Challenge 2010 is an exciting educational opportunity for high school students (grades 9 & 10) to learn about the European Union (EU) – the largest trading partner of the US – and its single currency, the euro. The competition is also an excellent opportunity for NC teachers, as teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge are eligible to win a free trip to Brussels next summer. Now in its fifth year, the Euro Challenge is designed to appeal to students with a background in global studies, economics, world history/ geography or European studies.
The competition aims to:

  • Support local learning standards related to global studies and economics
  • Foster economic and financial literacy and understanding of economic policy issues
  • Increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the EU and the euro
  • Develop communication, critical thinking and cooperative skills

The Competition
Each team of 3-5 students must make a 15-minute presentation and answer questions about the current economic situation in the euro area and analyzing a specific economic challenge in a country of their choice. Preliminary rounds are held in each participating regions, and regional winners advance to semifinal and final rounds held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cash prizes for the top teams provided by The Moody's Foundation.

Check out for training videos, research materials, and web resources.

Euro Challenge in North Carolina: Orientation Session and Free Trip to Brussels!

UNC will host an orientation session for teachers from NC schools participating in the Euro Challenge in early December (details forthcoming). Teachers enlisting a team are eligible for one of two spots to travel to Brussels in summer 2010, travel and accommodations paid, on a program organized by the European Commission.

For more information or a registration form visit, download the information sheet and registration form here (DOC), or contact Gali Beeri at or 919.843.9852.

The Euro Challenge is a program of the Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S.


Facing the Future is developing a high school textbook on sustainability. They're looking for input so they can create something that will be useful for the widest possible range of educators.

About the proposed book: The text will include an exploration of sustainability linked with major global issues such as population, environment, consumption, conflict, quality of life and poverty, while preparing students to be participatory citizens and engage in meaningful solutions. It will include positive real-world examples, emphasize critical thinking, and illustrate systems interconnections.

High school social studies teachers, please take a short 9-question survey by clicking on this link:

If you would like additional information, please contact Dave Wilton at