Global Updates From World View
October 2010

Celebrate International Education Week & Geography Awareness Week


International Education Week (IEW) started in 2000 and today is celebrated in more than 100 countries. It celebrates international education and exchange worldwide. IEW is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. This joint initiative promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attracts future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. IEW is celebrated each November the week before Thanksgiving. The worldwide celebration of IEW offers an opportunity to reach out to people of every nation and to develop a broader understanding of world cultures and languages.

The IEW 2010 website includes promotional materials, an interactive quiz, and opportunities to post and view planned events around the world.  In addition, IEW has a Facebook page and group, both of which can be accessed through the IEW website.

All individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange activities, including schools, colleges and universities, and community organizations are encouraged to participate in celebrating IEW 2010.

World View believes that every week should be International Education Week. Teachers in North Carolina’s schools and colleges are educating students for a global society every day. This year World View will work with its 16,000th educator and has formal partnerships with over 100 schools, school systems, and community colleges from across the state. These partners have a commitment to global education and to preparing students to study, work, and live in an interconnected world. If you are doing something to celebrate International Education Week let World View and the IEW folks know about it. Submit your event for others to see on the IEW website. Together we can show the world how North Carolina is a leader in international education.

Suggested Activities for K-12 Educators

  • Incorporate information on a country or culture into your regular lesson plan, even if you don't teach social studies.
  • Explore international aspects of the arts - music, film, theatre, visual arts, literature, dance - by creating, performing, or studying artworks with an international component. This could include a field trip to a museum, a concert, or showing a foreign film in class.
  • Adopt a school in a developing country and donate school supplies, reference materials, and other items.
  • Trade questions and answers with students from another country through the Internet, pen pal clubs, or a Digital Video Conference.
  • Encourage cultural understanding for students using the online resource One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures, and Classrooms. Sponsored by the National Football League and Scholastic Inc., this unique education resource designed for teachers. The free, web-based program may be downloaded from
  • Organize a cross-cultural potluck lunch in which students bring in or make foods from their homeland or ancestors' homeland.
  • Ask students to write essays on countries they would like to visit and why they chose those countries.
  • Feature local international experts as speakers: Fulbright Students and Scholars, former diplomats or Peace Corps volunteers, business leaders working for multi-national corporations, or journalists.
  • Participate in a Model UN. [A member of the Western Triangle Chapter of the UNA will be exhibiting at the upcoming World View K-12 Global Education symposium. UNA and other exhibitors will have information and connections to share in order to help you make your classroom more global.]
  • Assign students to produce a video or website about their cross-cultural experiences.
  • The video could explore issues of cultural idiosyncrasies, stereotypes, and/or their own experiences in another culture.
  • Hold a geography, foreign language, or world history bee for your students. (For ideas, see the IEW Quiz!)
Dive into Fresh Water During Geography Awareness Week!

Geography Awareness Week is also November 14-20, 2010. This year’s theme is “Freshwater,” a topic Hilary Clinton and other global leaders have declared as one of the most critical issues of the 21 st century. Explore freshwater with National Geographic and partners such as 4-H, Newspapers in Education, and geospatial software leader ESRI this Geography Awareness Week.


National Geographic invites families, teachers, and students to visit the website for games, activities, and lessons about freshwater. Try your hand at a water footprint calculator to determine how much water your family uses--and find ways to conserve. Teachers can access a wealth of lesson plans about freshwater, including featured activities for use with new National Geographic Mapmaker Kits. Educators and parents alike will find valuable lists of recommended books and films, as well as crossword puzzles and other family-friendly games.

In celebration of Geography Awareness Week, Zinio, the digital magazine and book distributor, will offer free access to the April 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine, “Water: Our Thirsty World.” Visitors to the website can also join nearly 100,000 geography supporters in promoting the cause of freshwater. Find tips for hosting a local Geography Awareness Week event, such a 3.7 mile Walk for Water or a Freshwater Trivia Night, participate in a Blog-a-Thon, or take a “Where’s that Water?” quiz, featuring satellite imagery from GeoEye, for chances to win prizes. Have fun learning about and conserving freshwater this November!

Also, take advantage of all the resources available through the My Wonderful World initiative. My Wonderful World was started to help increase geographic knowledge for students in school and at home. When you sign up for the program, you receive updates with activities and suggestions to help give students the “power of global knowledge.” Use the site to access the activities and materials and be sure to sign up for the campaign. Remember that geography is more than maps. Geography is culture and global connections.Geographic knowledge is essential for students if they are to succeed in today’s world. Every voice in support of geographic knowledge counts, and numbers speak to those who make the laws and policies for our students. Take a moment and sign up for the campaign.

The North Carolina Geographical Alliance and My Wonderful World will be exhibiting at World View’s upcoming K-12 Global Education Symposium. Please visit the exhibit to learn more and take advantage of all the wonderful resources for educators! Or visit today!


Each year, Take 2 sends a crew out to film for three months in a global hotspot. They then create a comprehensive curriculum for high schools and professional editing materials for post-secondary schools, and make both packages available to teachers around the globe. The subject matter draws teachers from a number of curricular fields, encouraging cross-fertilization within and between schools. The footage itself is extremely compelling to both students and teachers, encouraging them to create products that have a significant impact on their community and beyond.

How to Turn a Teenager Into a Global Citizen

1. Provide National-Geographic-quality footage to high school and college students in the USA and across the globe.
2. Support the students in creating their own documentaries, podcasts, PowerPoint presentations, and public service announcements so that they learn to understand and empathize with their subjects. 
3. Encourage the students to showcase their projects in community events, film festivals, and other forums in order to practice their leadership skills and create a broader public understanding on issues of global significance.

Check out Take 2’s teacher/student collaborative website at
And find more about Take 2 online at


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's
Study Visits to
Russia and Costa Rica

Every summer World View leads study visits to countries or regions of the world where many North Carolina educators may not have traveled before. International travel 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 travel to Russia and Costa Rica in summer 2011. Join us for a unique and challenging professional development opportunity!

Application Deadline: December 1, 2010

For more information and an application, go to:

Russia - Россия
June 20 - July 2, 2011*

Join World View’s international study visit and learn about Russia’s youth, culture, history, and contemporary issues. Highlights include visits to schools, businesses, cultural/historical sites, and traditional musical performances in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and surrounding towns. Gain the confidence to add global content to your teaching, make lasting connections, and help create a global learning environment at your college. *dates are subject to change


Costa Rica
June 27-July 6, 2011
July 14-23, 2011
July 27-August 5, 2011

Join World View’s second annual study visit to Costa Rica and learn first-hand about its culture and educational system through the organization Spanish Immersion Costa Rica. Highlights include rural school visits, community service projects, museum and market visits in the capital city San José, regular Spanish classes, ecological excursions to waterfalls, volcanoes, rainforests, coastal attractions, and much more. All participants will stay with host families in the coffee growing community of Atenas, Costa Rica.

Register Now!
March 2011 Seminars, March 22-24

Latin America and North Carolina
March 22-23, 2011 (11/2 days)
co-sponsored by the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean studies at UNC and Duke

Understanding Russia and Its Neighbors

March 23-24, 2011 (11/2 days)
co-sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies

Located at the Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC at Chapel Hill

Cost of registration is $175 per person per seminar, or $325 for both seminars. A team of 4 is $600 (save $100 per seminar). A team is comprised of 4 or more individuals from a school, college, or district. Only $150 for each additional team member per seminar.
For more information please call 919/962-9264 or visit

Register online at

Global Exploration for Educators Organization is a 501c3 non-profit organization that encourages teachers to explore the world through innovative tours and gives them the tools to share their experiences with students. The trips are designed to be interesting and affordable for teachers.  GEEO can also advise teachers on how to find grants and other funding to subsidize the cost of the trips. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 educators and administrators. Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit (up to 3 credits through Indiana University) and professional development credit while seeing the world. 

Next summer, GEEO has travel programs to India, China, Vietnam, Turkey/Syria/Jordan /Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa/Mozambique /Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Argentina/ Uruguay/Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica and Guatemala/Belize/Mexico.

Detailed information about programs, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at For occasional updates and announcements on GEEO's programs, please sign up for our listserv by emailing with the word "subscribe" in the title.

ExchangesConnect is your international online community, managed by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, which highlights first-person stories about cultures, commonalities, and exchange program experiences. Visit ExchangesConnect at:

Youth for Human Rights International

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, an educator born and raised in apartheid South Africa, where she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of discrimination and the lack of basic human rights.

YHRI teaches human rights education both in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings. YHRI aims to reach people from diverse backgrounds, with materials which often appeal across generations. By teaching human rights through all means—from conferences and workshops to hip-hop and dancing—this message has spread around the world. Any educator can receive a free Youth for Human Rights Education Package by going online and ordering at

The Youth for Human Rights Education Package is designed for elementary, middle and high school students. It may be used as a full course or as a supplemental resource within another curriculum. The aim is to engage students in human rights topics and provide opportunities to put human rights principles into action and use.

National Council for the
Social Studies Survey

Please send the following link to your social studies teaching colleagues

This survey is part of a national study on social studies teachers sponsored by the National Council for the Social Studies. This survey will be used to better understand social studies teachers' motivations, teaching practices, and the context in which they work. The NC component of this study is being conducted with full cooperation of the NC Department of Public Instruction.