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Global Updates From World View
August 2010

Ready, Set, Go . . . Global!
Tips for Making 2010-11 a Global School Year



Hang on a sec! Globalizing North Carolina schools starts with each of us staying informed about the world in which we live. Here are some ways you can go global:

  • 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 or pick up a good book with an international theme or written by an international author (see last month’s Global Updates on global summer readings).
  • Participate in professional development programs that focus on global education, global themes, or a specific world region. (Have you registered for the World View fall global education symposium?  Click for more information.)
  • Get out of North Carolina and travel; next year World View is taking educators on four study trips abroad. Go to Costa Rica or Russia. Learn more about international summer opportunities here.
  • 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! Charlotte and Raleigh have International festivals this fall. You can also 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 June 2010 issue of Global Updates.

Make way for global learning this fall.  

  • 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 register for the 2010 Global Education Symposium: Technology and Innovation in a Global Age.
  • Use real data and examples to provide accurate global context. Check out to see front pages from newspapers across the globe.
  • 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. Visit Carolina Navigators online to find out about lending Culture Kits and World View online to find out about lending Foreign Currency Kits for your classroom.
  • Use music and art to teach world cultures.
  • Have foreign language materials available for your students to browse.
  • Initiate conversations with students and colleagues about global issues, culture, current events, and other countries or share your travel experiences through stories and pictures, and encourage your students to talk about their experiences as well.
  • Communicate with students and teachers in other countries (See list below for “Global Communication” resources.)

(For tips on keeping cost down and global learning up, see the August 2009 issue of Global Updates, “Global Education on a Budget.”)


You can’t do everything yourself, so why not merge with 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” activities. There already may be global education activities in your school, so find out what’s happening 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 or registering for a world view online course or program as a team.
  • Adopt a sister-school abroad.
  • 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.

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. If they can’t speak in person, why not a video conference?
  • 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.

Preparing our students for the 21st century is a non-stop, ongoing learning process for students and for us. Integrating global ideas into curriculum and throughout your schools isn’t easy, but World View can help. World View offers 20 professional development programs every year, including study trips abroad, online globalization courses, Global Education Leaders’ Program, and Librarian and Media specialist workshop.


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

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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UNC Charlotte International Festival
Saturday, September 25
10:00a to 6:00p
UNC Charlotte, Barnhardt Student Activity Center

Festival to celebrate people, places, and culture displayed through booths arranged in a marketplace-style representing about 50 nations and ethnic groups. The festival will feature art, crafts, costumes, food, music and dance. The event will be held rain or shine.


The 25th International Festival of Raleigh
October 1-3, 2010
Raleigh Convention Center

Bring the whole family for a 3-day celebration of music, food, and culture from around the globe. Watch authentic ethnic dances from over 30 different cultures performed on the Main Stage. Stroll through the many Cultural Exhibits to learn about the rich history and traditions of different cultures. Shop the World Bazaars for crafts and taste your way around the globe with delicious food from the Sidewalk Cafes. Learn about traditional arts, crafts, and cooking from international teachers at the Demonstration Booth. Bring the kids to Sophia's Corner for face-painting, storytelling, games, and other fun activities.