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A World of 7 Billion

In October 2011 the world's population reached 7 billion.  Seven billion is almost an unimaginable number and this number will continue to grow at a rate of about 80 million people annually.  In the last 50 years the world's population more than doubled.  If everyone on Earth joined hands to form a human chain, it would stretch about 7 million kilometres. The chain would circle the Earth at the equator about 175 times, stretch to the moon and back about nine times, and reach about one-fifth of the way to Mars when it's at its closest point to Earth.* 
In our lifetime people all over the world are living longer and healthier lives.  However, large inequalities continue to exist and despite major declines in the average number of children per women, population growth is projected to continue at least until the middle of the 21st century. As less developed, poorer nations are challenged to meet the needs of growing populations, richer nations are concerned about declining fertility and aging populations.  The gaps between the rich and poor continue to increase, leaving more people vulnerable to food insecurity, water shortages, and weather-related disasters.

How can educators help students understand their role or place in a world of 7 billion people? Where do we fit in? Students can start by understanding their role in their family, their classroom, their school, and their community.  Then students can see them self as a North Carolinian, a citizen of the United States and of the world.  A world of 7 billion global citizens starts at home.   


In order to understand what is happening around you, and to put yourself in perspective to the rest of the world, UN's Population Fund created 7 Billion and Me, an interactive website where your own personal characteristics, such as your sex, age, date and place of birth, as well as current residence relate to the situation of the world's 7 billion people. What number are you?  Visit the the population calculator, plug in your birthday and  find out what number you are.

To understand a world population of 7 billion, Population Reference Bureau created this short video.  Global population trends result from varying levels of population growth and decline among countries. This informative video provides a simple and compelling overview of population trends that have created a world of 7 billion

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Where is everyone?

1 in 7 Billion 

National Geographic Magazine produced a one year series to look at the world's population reaching 7 billion.  Explore this site to find articles, videos, and other resources that take deep dives into specific issues-demographics, food security, climate change, fertility trends, managing biodiversity- that relate to global population.  


Video: 7 Billion: Are You Typical?  

Engaging with the World
As a member of a global society students CAN make a difference.  Help students en
gage in learning about hte world and participating in the global decisions.  Students can take part in service learning and fundraising efforts for a global cause.  This involvement not only will raise their awareness of global issues and regions of the world, but it also will help them contribute to making a difference.  Here are a few examples of programs for students:


Featured Resource
dogCHAMPS: CHildren Against Mines Program and CHAMPS International 
The CHAMPS program is focused on raising mine awareness and supporting mine-affected countries through the sponsorship of mine-detection dogs.  Student across the U.S. are hosting campaigns to raise funds to support a dog or to help purchase prosthetic devices for children affected by land mines all over the world.  CHAMPS International is focused on survivors' assistance, encouraging American youth to interact with mine survivors their own age across the world.  Students all across North Carolina are raising funds to support a Mine Detection Dog named Tar Heel.  To learn about and join this campaign, click here. 


African Library Project  
The African Library Project offers a hands-on activity for students to learn about Africa while contributing to African literacy. U.S. schools run book drives for gently used, unwanted books to meet the specific needs of a school in sub-Saharan Africa. The African Library Project partners with Peace Corps Volunteers and African nationals who provide the space, shelving, staffing, training, and community support for a library.   


Heifer International  

Heifer International allows a classroom to purchase livestock or other value-providing animals for a needy community on the other side of the world. The animals that classrooms purchase help communities all over the globe who are facing hunger and poverty. The "Chores for Change" program of Heifer International is a volunteer service program for 

Hunger Banquet
Hosting an Oxfam hunger banquet at your school will give students a first-hand experience to witness inequalities in income distribution and wealth in the world. Hunger banquet guests are assigned varying roles, which represent different levels of income worldwide. The assigned role determines how much food is given at the dinner. Students will see that not all are equal and many people living in poverty will go hungry. For tips on organizing your own Hunger Banquet go to: 


Learn and Serve K-12 North Carolina 
Developed by the NC Department of Public Instruction, this site gives more information about service-learning in North Carolina including what it is, why do it, and how to start a program. NCDPI administers the federal grant from Learn and Serve America. 


Learning to Give   

Learning to give is a non-profit organization that works to educate youth about philanthropy, the nonprofit and volunteer sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good. This site provides curriculum resources for teachers who are engaging students in philanthropy. 


Malaria No More 

Malaria No More is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with a mission to reduce deaths due to malaria. The site provides ideas for fundraising and engaging students and the  


National Service-Learning Partnership 

This is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of service-learning as a core element of the K-12 curriculum. The site has many resources for getting connected to a service-learning  


Room to Read 
Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, Room to Read develops literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

Roots & Shoots 

Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute, is a youth-driven, global network of thousands of youth in almost 100 countries. Together, youth of all ages are taking action to improve our world through service learning projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment, and the human community.  


7 Billion Actions
Along with the 7 Billion and Me project, the United Nations Population Fund started,
 7 Billion Actions, to inspire change that will make a difference by highlighting positive action by individuals and organizations around the world. Everyone has an opportunity and a responsibility to make a world of 7 billion a better place for all of us.  Share your story of how you're making a difference, and inspire others to take action.  
Teaching Population Studies 

Facing the Future

Facing the Future offers curriculum resources on global issues and sustainable solutions, including student textbooks, teacher lesson plans, and thematic units that contain both lessons and student readings.  They also offer professional development and consulting for preservice and inservice teachers, departments, schools, districts, and states, and action and service learning information and opportunities.       

National Geographic

Get activities, maps, videos, and interactives to help your students understand what it means to their lives and to the world that there are seven billion people on the planet.    


Population Connection 

Population Connection's Education Program is a national population education program with a strong emphasis on teacher training for educators of grades pre-K through 12.  The program has age-appropriate curricula to complement students' science and social science instruction about human population trends and their impacts on natural resources, environmental quality, and human well-being.  and  World of 7 Billion Teacher Resources: sponsored by Population Connection. 


Population Reference Bureau (PRB)    

The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. 

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IEWThis Week!!
International Education Week

International Education Week (IEW) is celebrated today in more than 100 countries to honor international education and exchange worldwide.  This initiative promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. 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 2011 website has been launched, and 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.


World View believes that every week is International Education Week. Teachers in North Carolina's schools and colleges are educating students for a global society every day! 
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The World View Foreign Currency Kit contains currency, both bills and coins, from over 35 countries and may be borrowed by educators in North Carolina. It is designed for K-12 educators as a learning tool, using tangible items to teach about people and places, as well as a means for integrating global content across multiple subject areas. Interested higher education educators may also borrow the Kit. 

How can I borrow a Kit? 
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What's in the Box? 
Money!  In each Currency Kit there are coins and bills from over 35 countries or territories. The Foreign Currency Kit also contains useful reference books, a map, an inventory of coins and bills included and their country or territory of origin, as well as suggested educator activities.




NCCSSSocial Studies Council Awards, Grants, and Scholarship
The NC Council for the Social Studies Awards Program seeks to recognize and honor achievements in Social Studies Education. Several awards are given at our Annual State Conference in February and others occur throughout the year.

NCCSS Student Teacher Scholarship 
The NCCSS offers a $1,000.00 scholarship to an undergraduate student in North Carolina who will be student teaching in social studies in 2012 or 2013.
Deadline: Dec 31, 2011.  


NCCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year    
The NCCSS  recognizes exemplary teaching in the field of social studies at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. 
  Deadline: Dec 31, 2011.

NCCSS Teacher Grants

The NCCSS  provides grants of up to $1,000 to help teachers make an even greater impact in their classroom, school district, and community through innovative social studies programs.
Dec 31, 2011.

Applications and nomination forms are posted on the NCCSS website (

GAW 2011

November 13-19, 2011  

The theme this year is Geography: The Adventure in Your Community. Established by presidential proclamation in 1987, Geography Awareness Week is an annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs that encourages citizens young and old to engage in fun, educational experiences that draw attention to geo-literacy, the interconnectedness of our world and the importance of geography education.  Take a look at National Geographic's Geography Awareness Week site for teaching ideas and projects for the week of geography. 

NCTAN NC Teaching Asia Network: Resources for NC Teachers

North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN) has been offering free seminars on East Asia since 2002 to North Carolina K-12 teachers. NCTAN is excited to work with North Carolina Center for the Advancement for Teaching (NCCAT) to offer a residential seminar "Closing the Global Achievement Gap: The United States and Asia" at Cullowhee in April, 2012.  Visit  for more information. 


NCTAN will also start simulcasting seminars, organized by Columbia University's East Asian Center and offer a webinar series by Five College Center East Asian Studies. Teachers who complete the requirements will be eligible to apply for a study tour to East Asia summer 2013.


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