Global Updates from World View

May 2012

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Games of the XXX Olympiad
2012 Summer Games in London
Information and Lesson Plans



Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General



This Global Update provides links to history, current news, and educational resources related to The XXX Summer Olympic Games in London. Please use this opportunity to include the Olympics in your classroom, regardless of the subject!      


For the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, athletes will compete at venues all over London, including the new Olympic Park, and other sites in the United Kingdom. The UK is expecting almost 16,000 athletes from all over the world to compete in 26 different summer Olympic sports, including: aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoe, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, table tennis, tae kwon do, tennis, triathlon, volleyball and beach volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling.  The Paralympic Games will follow the Olympic Games and feature 20 sports.       


The official web site for the London Olympics is, and the official web site of the Olympic Movement is Each web site provides a countdown to the opening ceremonies, a history of the Olympic games, world Olympic records, past and future Olympics host countries, and much more. For geographical information on London or the United Kingdom, visit  The CIA Fact Book. 


Each country host is responsible for creating a unique emblem, slogan, mascots, and torch to commemorate the spirit of the Olympics. Below is some information about each of these representations of the 2012 Olympics.  

Emblem: "Our emblem is simple, distinct, bold and buzzing with energy. Its form is inclusive yet consistent and has incredible flexibility to encourage access and participation. It can communicate with anyone from commercial organisations to kids playing sport. It feels young in spirit. Full of confidence, certainty and opportunity. Not afraid to shake things up, to challenge the accepted. To change things. For the first time, the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be part of the same brand family."


Slogan:The slogan of the London Olympics is "Inspire a Generation." Previous Olympic slogans include Sydney's "Share the Spirit" in 2000, and Beijing's "One World, One Dream" in 2008.    


Mascots:The London Olympic mascot is Wenlock and themascots paralympic mascot is Mandeville. Wenlock, named after the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock that helped inspire Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin to launch the modern Olympics, and Mandeville, inspired by the Buckinghamshire town of Stoke Mandeville, where the Paralympics were founded, will become very familiar in the next two years. The chairman of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), Lord Coe, said the mascots were aimed squarely at children and designed with the digital age in mind. The pair are based on a short story by children's author Michael Morpurgo that tells how they were fashioned from droplets of the steel used to build the Olympic stadium. 


The Olympic Torch Relay: Made of aluminum, the Olympic Torch will be carried 8,000 miles over the course of its 70-day Torch Relay, and is perforated with 8,000 circular holes representing the 8,000 Torchbearers. The Olympic Torch Relay route has been planned so that the Flame will come within ten miles of 95 percent of people in the UK, the Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Jersey. Use the interactive site to learn more about the sites on the relay route and to follow the Torch:  

 Educator Resources 

The Olympic Movement web site has a section dedicated specifically to teachers, which can be found at: Through this site educators and students can learn more about the history of the Olympic and the Olympic Movement. Educators can also go directly to an educational site about the London 2012 Games and programs and initiatives for children and youth: The Get Set education program website features free resources including interactive games, and inspirational videos. 


A to Z Teacher Stuff: Olympics


The Ancient Olympics


BBC: Ancient Greece 


Education World


The Lesson Plans Page


Microsoft: The Olympic Games




U.S. Olympic Academy


 Additional Fun Facts

1. Olympic sites are chosen several years in advance (London was chosen as the 2012 Summer Olympics site by the Olympic Commission in 2005!). The future sites that already have been determined are:

- Sochi, Russia - Winter 2014

- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Summer 2016
- Pyeongchang, Korea - Winter 2018

2. The first modern Olympic Games took place in Athens in 1896.

3. Women were first able to compete in the Olympics in 1900.

4. The Olympic Games were cancelled in 1916, 1940, and 1944 due to World Wars I and II.

5. Previous Olympic Locations include:


Olympic Summer Games:

Athens, Greece 1896

Berlin, Germany 1936

Moscow, USSR 1980

Paris, France 1900

London, Great Britain 1948

Los Angeles, USA 1984

St. Louis, USA 1904

Helsinki, Finland 1952

Seoul, Korea 1988

London, Great Britain 1908

Melbourne/Stockholm, Australia 1956

Barcelona, Spain 1992

Stockholm, Sweden 1912

Rome, Italy 1960

Atlanta, USA 1996

Antwerp, Belgium 1920

Tokyo, Japan 1964

Sydney, Australia 2000

Paris, France 1924

Mexico City, Mexico 1968

Athens, Greece 2004

Amsterdam, Netherlands 1928

Munich, Germany 1972

 Beijing, China 2008

Los Angeles, USA 1932

Montreal, Canada 1976



Olympic Winter Games:

Chamonix, France 1924

Squaw Valley, USA 1960

Calgary, Canada 1988

St. Moritz, Switzerland 1928

Innsbruck, Austria 1964

Albertville, France 1992

Lake Placid, USA 1932

Grenoble, France 1968

Lillehammer, Norway 1994

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1936

Sapporo, Japan 1972

Nagano, Japan 1998

St. Moritz, Switzerland 1948

Innsbruck, Austria 1976

Salt Lake City, USA 2002

Oslo, Norway 1952

Lake Placid, USA 1980

Turin, Italy 2006

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy 1956

Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 1984

 Vancouver, Canada 2010

Yadkin County Goes Global!

Over 140 students at Starmount High School in Boonville, NC participated as presenters or tour guides for the 3rd annual International Festival.  This past March, 784 elementary students from Yadkin County attended the festival over a three day period.    

Each year, under the direction of Ms. Nanette Shover, high school students select a country to research and create presentations for elementary students to help them understand, accept, and see the similarities and differences in other cultures.  These presentations include facts about the country, art, songs, dances, games, inventions, discoveries in science and technology, language, crafts, food tastings, and visual aides while the presenters dress in traditional attire.  A favorite attraction each year is the giant Earth Balloon, where 30 students at a time learn about our planet from inside the earth.


Ms. Shover includes the foreign language and arts departments to help provide the high school students with additional venues such as international music, a puppet play on diversity within our culture, Indonesian Shadow Puppet show, and international short plays.

World View commends the students and teachers at Starmount High for helping to bring a bit about the world to Yadkin County!
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Summer International Events 


Museum Exhibits

Highlights from the Permanent Collection 

Ackland Art Museum, UNC at Chapel Hill, through December 2013.
The Ackland Art Museum presents a major re-installation of highlights from its diverse permanent collection of over 16,000 works of art. The first presentations include The Western Tradition, from Ancient art to twentieth-century art; Art from West Africa; and Art from China and Japan. A gallery of South Asian Art will be added beginning June 8, 2012. 

Beijing Impressions: Portraits of a Shifting Landscape    

FedEx Global Education Center, UNC at Chapel Hill, through September 13, 2012

The Beijing Impressions series by artist Barbara Tyroler is a visual response to daughter Samm Tyroler-Cooper's poetic interpretation of Chinese writer Lin Bai's personal memoirs. This exhibition was inspired by "Illusion," an excerpt from Lin's collection of autobiographical essays "The Moonlight of De Erwo." Presented in large, blended photographs, these figurative landscapes serve to reflect a people and city in cultural transformation, synthesizing the ancient with the contemporary, the literal with the metaphoric. 

Fairytales, Fantasy, & Fear   

Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, through July 8, 2012
The exhibition brings together the work of several internationally acclaimed artists, including Mattia Biagi, Mark Newport, Kako Ueda, Tom Price, and Kate Malone. Known for his work in tar, Italian artist Biagi reinterprets icons of lost innocence, such as Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella's carriage. Newport, an American fiber artist, creates hand-knit acrylic re-creations of heroes' costumes, which combine their heroic, protective, and ultra-masculine yet vulnerable personas. Ueda, a Japanese paper artist, uses unsettling imagery, such as insects and skeletons, in her detailed cutouts to represent the fine line between beauty and decay. Price, a British furniture designer, is known for his use of polypropylene tubing to create spiky shapes that evoke forms from the natural world. And Malone, a British ceramic artist, is known for her sensual, Neo-Baroque forms and mastery of crystalline glazes. 


Ritmo Latino Music, Art, & Dance Festival 
Cary Park, Cary 
May 19, 12pm   
Ritmo Latino is a free family festival that showcases Latino music, arts and dance. The festival includes live music, vendors, artists, Latin foods, dance lessons for adults and activities for children. Ritmo Latino is co-sponsored by Diamante, Inc. and the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department. For more, visit 

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games 
Near Linville, MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain
July 12-15, 2012 
Enjoy traditional dancing, piping, drumming, athletics, music, and Gaelic culture.  Proceeds help to establish scholarship funds for Avery County High School students to study at American colleges and universities.

Folkmoot USA
Western North Carolina (various sites)
July 18-29, 2012 
Folkmoot USA, North Carolina's official international festival, is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance.  Held each summer across the mountains of western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, parades, and workshops by more than 350 performers from a dozen countries.  Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through original reproduction costumes, dance, and music.  During its 28-year history, over 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries have shared their heritage and culture at Folkmoot USA.  Visit for a complete schedule, ticket information, and directions to the venues. 

Waldensian Festival

Valdese, NC
August 10-11, 2012
Since 1976, on the second Saturday in August, Valdese hosts an annual festival to celebrate the "Glorious Return" of the Waldenses from exile in Switzerland to their native valleys in the Cottian Alps of Italy in 1689.  The 2012 Waldensian Festival will feature live entertainment, over 150 art/food/craft vendors, and children's rides. 


Roanoke Island American Indian Cultural Festival and Pow Wow 

Manteo, NC
August  11- 12, 2012
A Powwow is a gathering together of Indian people to enjoy and join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones. It is a time to preserve our rich heritage, renew our thoughts of the old ways and create and awareness of our culture and heritage in the community. Educators, artisans and craftsmen, demonstrations, children's activities, food, shopping, raffles, and more.    

Eagle St., Downtown Asheville
August 24- 26, 2012 
Goombay is a three day African-Caribbean festival, located in downtown Asheville, that lives up to its West African name, meaning rhythm or drum, with rhythmic sounds and colorful sights. The Goombay dancers wear colorful costumes and high headdresses topped with feathers. Often times, grotesque masks help to enhance the free and exotic movements. Located on Eagle Street in downtown Asheville.  Click here for more information.

Music, Dance, and Other   

American Dance Festival:
International Screendance Festival

White Lecture Hall and Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
July 6-8, 2012

In its 17th year, the International Screendance Festival is directed and curated by Emmy nominated filmmaker, Douglas Rosenberg, and explores the ever-evolving relationship between cinema and dance. Audiences have the opportunity to see numerous films over a 3 day period that have been specially chosen to represent the best of this film genre. Check online for specific times and locations. 

Culture Quest Summer Camps

World in Motion, Morrisville
June-August, 2012
Your children will travel around the world in a week at World in Motion's summer camps!  We'll be learning about the rhythms and dances of Africa and the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Polynesia.  Campers will learn about foreign currency, clothing, games, and more!  These camps are perfect for adventurous 6-10 year olds.


Eastern Music Festival
Various Locations, Greensboro
June 23-July 28, 2012  

Each summer, for five glorious weeks, the North Carolina Piedmont Triad is transformed for music enthusiasts of all ages whose tastes range from classical to jazz to bluegrass to rock and everything in between.  Concerts and events happen daily.  The Eastern Music Festival also offers many exciting opportunities for young children, including summer day camps and concerts.  Each experience is uniquely designed to foster a love and knowledge for classical and non-classical music.  



The 27th International Festival of Raleigh
September 28-30, 2012
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.  


International Folk Festival

September 28-30, 2012 


The International Folk Festival was created to celebrate the richness of the diverse cultural roots of the Fayetteville community. By showcasing historic artistic customs and traditions of a culture, the festival strives to foster an appreciation of our diversity while preserving the historical and traditional art forms that infuse a culture with its specific identity.

World View's Global Education Fall Symposium 
World View's October 24-25, 2012 global education symposium will explore global issues and global solutions of the 21st century.  There will be keynote addresses, break out sessions looking at issues more in depth, and break out sessions to provide strategies to integrate global themes in teaching.  School and district teams will also given an opportunity to develop an action plan with an adviser.  This program is designed for K-12 administrators and teachers of all disciplines.  1.5 CEU credits are offered.    


Location:  The Friday Center, UNC at Chapel Hill  


Cost (NC educator):
$175 per person.  A team of 4 is $600.  A team is comprised of 4 or more individuals from a school or district.  Only $150 for each additional team member.


For more information or to register today please call 919/962-9264 or visit


OCT 1 - NOV 11, 2012 

Globalization: An Introduction for K-12 Teachers & Administrators

mouseglobeThis online course immerses teachers and school administrators from all disciplines and grade levels in an intensive exploration of the rapid global changes in government, economics, environment and health, culture, and technology impacting our schools, communities, country, and the planet. The goal of the course is to help K-12 educators become aware of the effects of globalization.


Registration for the Online Globalization Course is $275 per NC educator, but only $225 for World View Partners. $200 for a World View Partner team of 4 or more teachers. 


CLICK HERE for more information.

 NC Council for the Social Studies 
Outstanding Senior
Social Studies Award

The North Carolina Council for the Social Studies, in recognition of excellence in social studies education, announces its annual recognition program for the Outstanding Senior Social Studies Award. The Council urges you and your colleagues to participate in the 23rd year of this awards program.

To celebrate exemplary performance from high school students, the Council honors them with an Outstanding Senior Social Studies Award.


For more information, including selection criteria and the Student Recognition Form please go to:


Deadline for nominations:  June 15, 2012. Only one student per school is permitted.   

 East Carolina University 
Offers Masters in English:
Multicultural and Transnational

The Master's Degree in English with a Concentration in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures is an advanced degree focusing on U.S. ethnic and world literatures from local, regional, national, transnational, and global perspectives. In ECU's program, the approach to understanding and appreciating literatures is interdisciplinary, involving the study of historical, political, artistic, geographic, and environmental contexts, as well as literary aesthetics and interpretation.  


This program provides excellent preparation for the pursuit of the doctoral degree and a wide range of professions, including secondary and higher education, law, public policy, international service, business, or any profession that would benefit from an understanding of multicultural and global peoples, arts, traditions, histories, interactions, and issues as represented and interpreted through literature and criticism.    

The Master's degree is available as both a campus program (requiring attendance in face-to-face classes on the ECU campus and offering the possibility of research and teaching assistantships), and as a Distance Education (DE) degree offered fully online.  


For more information, please visit:

Russian Performers Available for Schools! 

Moscow Nights
Award winning traditional Russian trio

Availability - all year around


Golden Gates 
Dancing, singing, instrumental performing arts group playing high energy music and dance, and more!
Availability: July 18-Aug 20, 2012 and Jan/Feb 2013.


Crystal Trio  
Following the invention of Benjamin Franklin this group of classically trained musicians play classical and contemporary music on the glass instruments.  

Availability: Aug/Sept 2013


This Georgian dance company performs songs and dances from Russian Georgia.

Availability: March/Apr 2013


To learn more about each performing group go to or for more information please contact:

Vitaliy Bezrodnov 

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In a growing effort to highlight the important work of World View's partner school districts, schools, and colleges, Going Global in North Carolina will regularly feature global education initiatives from partners across the state. 

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 If you are a World View Partner school district, school, or college and have an important global initiative you would like to make public, please contact 

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