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Preparing to Teach for Global Competence

Course description

Do you know what it means to be globally competent? As our classrooms and communities are becoming more global, students must be prepared to live and work in our ever-changing world. This free online course is the first of a two-part series designed to help educators develop their own global competence and prepare students for a globalized world. The four-week course focuses on the development of globally-oriented attitudes and a deep knowledge of globalization, world conditions, and intercultural communication and understanding. This is a companion course to Globally Competent Teaching in Action. It is not required that participants take both, but it is highly encouraged.

Course objectives

This course focuses on developing the dispositions and knowledge that characterize globally competent teachers. Specifically teachers will learn how to interact with a self-reflection tool, The Globally Competent Teaching Continuum, to advance in the following areas:

  • Empathy and valuing multiple perspectives
  • Commitment to promoting equity worldwide
  • Understanding the way the world is interconnected
  • Understanding global world conditions and current events
  • Understanding intercultural communication
  • Experiential understanding of multiple cultures

Course information

Dates

This course will run from August 3, 2015 through August 31, 2015.

Audience

This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers, administrators, and support staff.

Time commitment

Each week, students will be expected to spend approximately five hours on the actual course work.

Duration

The course runs for four weeks. Our weeks begin midnight on Monday and end on midnight Sunday.

Credits and fee

The course costs $125 and upon successful completion the student will receive a certificate stating that 20 hours were completed.

Enrollment

To enroll or for more information, please email Ariel Tichnor-Wagner at arielt@live.unc.edu.

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Globally Competent Teaching in Action

Course description

In today’s U.S. classrooms, one in five students is a child of immigrants. Globally competent teachers are needed both to meet the needs of their diverse students as well as to prepare all students for an increasingly globalized world. Many teachers are unsure exactly how to promote global awareness in their students. This free online course will help teachers develop their own global competence and learn how to design lessons, units, assessments, and other instructional materials that will prepare students for a globalized world. This is a companion course to Preparing to Teach for Global Competence. It is not required that participants take both, but it is highly encouraged.

Course objectives

The course will assist teachers in enhancing their abilities to develop students’ global competence through the use of the self-reflection tool The Globally Competent Teaching Continuum. This particular course will focus on skills, specifically the following:

  • creating a classroom environment that values diversity and global engagement
  • integrating learning experiences for students that promote content-aligned investigations of the world
  • facilitating intercultural and international conversations that promote active listening, critical thinking, and perspective recognition
  • developing local, national, and international partnerships that provide real world contexts for global learning opportunities
  • developing and using appropriate methods of inquiry to assess students’ global competence development.

Course information

Dates

This course will run from September 7, 2014 through October 5, 2015.

Audience

This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers, administrators, and support staff.

Time commitment

Each week, students will be expected to spend approximately five hours on the actual course work.

Duration

The course runs for four weeks. Our weeks begin midnight on Monday and end on midnight Sunday.

Credits and fee

The course is $125 and upon successful completion the student will receive a certificate stating that 20
hours were completed.

Enrollment

To enroll or for more information, please email Hillary Parkhouse at parkhous@live.unc.edu.
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Teaching WWI, America on the World Stage, and more

Bringing the Great War Home

Bringing the Great War Home: Teaching with the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

LEARN NC is proud to announce the release of a series of four interactive digital books in partnership with the American Battle Monuments Commission and Virginia Tech. Available for download via iBook or directly available on the ABMC website, this guide includes lesson plans and ideas developed by teachers to help students better understand the service, experience and sacrifice of Americans that served and died during the Great War. These lesson plans and lesson ideas cover a range of topics that can be applied in various subject areas, such as history, art, math, and English. Ten teachers form North Carolina and Virginia share the hands-on curriculum they created based on a year of professional development culminating with a visit to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France. Visit the LEARN NC website to learn more about the project, including how Cary, NC middle school teacher Katie Gulledge used narrative inquiry to explore her own great-grandfather’s experience as a soldier in World War I.

America on the World Stage

LEARN NC recently released an iBook adaptation of the America on the World Stage Digital Library. The teaching kits in the library reframe the teaching of American history in a global context. The collection includes essays approaching fundamental topics and events in United States history from an international perspective, emphasizing how the development of the United States has always depended on its transactions with other nations for commodities, cultural values, and populations. Teaching kits include lesson plans, presentations, and handouts for use with students.

National Health Equity Research Webcast

From Our Partners: Advancing a Community-Based Model for Violence Prevention

On June 2, 2015 from 1:30-4:30, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Gillings School of Global Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host the 21st National Health Equity Research Webcast. This full audience webcast, hosted on UNC’s campus, in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the School of Social Work, is an annual interactive, live-streamed symposium that explores the intersection of health, policy, and diversity through expert panel discussions with a question-and-answer segment. This webcast is an interdisciplinary and community effort with representatives multiple departments and institutions to build knowledge on health disparities and its impact on our local and global communities.

The topic for this year is “Advancing a Community-Based Model for Violence Prevention and will feature three twenty minute presentations by panelist engaged in groundbreaking work around community-led action: Pamela Jumper Thurman, affiliate research professor, Ethnic Studies Department and National Center for Community Readiness at Colorado State University; Frank Perez, national program director for Cure Violence, Leon T Andrews Jr., director for Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities; and moderated by Nia Wilson, executive director of SpiritHouse in Durham. The presentations will be followed by an hour and a half question-and-answer session with the studio and remote audiences.

The panelists will address violence in communities as a public health issue, detail health implications of trauma, provide examples of evidence –based practices through their organizations that are empowering communities, schools and local organizations to prevent violence, discuss strategies to mobilize stakeholders by affirming strengths and encouraging culturally competent problem-solving, and, also provide multiple perspectives on working with marginalized populations to create safe and inclusive communities.

Both events are free, but registration is required to participate as studio audience or view the live webcast. You can also follow the latest updates and learn more through the facebook page (facebook.com/NHERW), Twitter feed (twitter.com/NHERWCarolina) or the website (go.unc.edu/nherw). The webcast will be archived through the website for those unable to attend or stream the event live.

SciREN annual networking event for STEM teachers

The Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN) connects local scientists with K-12 educators. Founded by two graduate students, Justin Ridge and Ethan Theuerkauf, from the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, the program is in its second year and has expanded to include students at the Duke University Marine Lab. It also includes members from North Carolina State University.

SciREN’s annual networking event will be held November 13, 2014 at 5:30pm at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Scientists will provide K-12 educators with classroom-ready lesson plans that are aligned to the current state and national standards. These lessons explore cutting-edge research of more than sixty local scientists from fifteen institutions. Educators and scientists can also arrange classroom visits and collaborate on curriculum development.

For more information about this wonderful opportunity, please visit the SciREN website. Email questions to sciren.outreach@gmail.com.

Take a Child Outside Week 2014

“Take A Child Outside” is a program designed to encourage children and adults to spend time together outdoors. By giving parents, grandparents, and teachers information about outdoor activities and places to go, this program helps children develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment and an enthusiasm for exploring the natural world

LEARN NC is proud to be a partner in “Take a Child Outside Week” which runs September 24th through September 30th annually. We provide instructional resources for educators to use to connect students to nature. There are partner organizations all over North Carolina and the United States offering activities for exploring the outdoors.

“Take a Child Outside” is an initiative of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and held in cooperation with partner organizations worldwide. For more information, contact Liz Baird, Director of Education at 919-707-9893.

LEARN NC September newsletter: Online courses, new resources, and more

Renew your license with CEUs from LEARN NC online courses

Register for a LEARN NC online professional development course today! We have a slate of all new courses, a brand new Carolina Online Teacher (COLT) program, as well as some of our tried and true courses. Course topics include the arts, mathematics, cyberbullying, differentiation, technology, flipping the classroom, reading, writing, STEM, and much more. All of LEARN NC’s courses have been peer-reviewed and reviewed by UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education faculty. See the course schedule, click on “session info” for the course you are interested in and register today!

Earn 2.0 CEUs with LEARN NC’s digital writing study group

In what ways does your digital writing impact your pedagogy? In what ways does your writing pedagogy engage students in critical stances? In this six-week online study group offered by LEARN NC, secondary English teachers will discuss how digital writing can permit critical literacy, engage in meaningful discussions about digital writing and critical literacy practices, learn how understandings of digital writing with a critical stance can be applied to the writing classroom, and compose a piece of digital writing that takes a critical stance. Participants will leave the online study group with an original digital writing mentor text to share with students. Upon successful completion, participants will receive 20 hours for 2.0 CEUs.

If you are interested in joining this online study group please email Kathryn Caprino at kcaprino@email.unc.edu. Enrollees must agree to the use of their data in a dissertation research study.

LEARN NC and Safe Schools NC offer free teacher resources on LGBTQIA issues

Teachers looking for ways to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) students, families, and coworkers can find information in a new online resource.

The resource was created by LEARN NC, an outreach program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education, in partnership with Safe Schools NC, a statewide non-profit working to create safe and welcoming classrooms for LGBTQIA students, teachers, and parents in NC. This online resource can help teachers create welcoming classrooms in NC and beyond.

Written for teachers who have little knowledge of LGBTQIA people, the resource includes information on vocabulary and school issues that affect LGBTQIA students. It also contains easy-to-incorporate classroom practices, lesson plans, school policy ideas, and curriculum alignment possibilities that illustrate how supporting LGBTQIA students can be a part of everyday teaching. A special section for student resources, both in North Carolina and around the world, is also included. An element unique to this resource is a guide for working with staff who are not affirming of LGBTQIA students.

Gear up for Banned Books Week with LEARN NC’s Intellectual Freedom Toolkit

LEARN NC and the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University have teamed up to bring you the Intellectual Freedom Toolkit to help you respond when a parent or community member challenges a book in your school or library collection. The toolkit includes a walkthrough of the reconsideration process, sample paperwork, recommended reading, and a list of relevant court cases.

Teaching tools from Microsoft Research: ChronoZoom and Office Mix

Microsoft Research asked LEARN NC to recruit educators to demonstrate how two of their new tools, ChronoZoom and Office Mix, can be used in classrooms. Educators from across the nation worked with LEARN NC to develop model lessons for use with these tools. ChronoZoom is an online tool that shows how time is both horizontal and vertical, meaning that multiple events are taking place at the same time in different places, impacting one another. Microsoft Office Mix is an add-on for Powerpoint that allows teachers and students to create interactive multimedia presentations featuring audio, video, slides, inking on slides, interactive activities, and interactive assessments. Both sets of examples are available on LEARN NC’s website: ChronoZoom model lesson plans and example Office Mixes.

Look for LEARN NC at NCSLMA

LEARN NC staff and teacher scholars will present at the North Carolina School Library Media Association conference in Winston-Salem on October 10 and 11. Look for us at the following sessions:

Friday, October 10

  • 11am, Ardmore 1 — Every Source Tells a Story: Family History Research in the School Library
  • 4:30pm, Terrace 3 — Share Your Stories, Defend Your Collection: Responding to Book Challenges

Saturday, October 11

  • 10am, North Main B — What’s New at LEARN NC?
  • 12pm, Gaines 1 — Copyright without Fear

LEARN NC fall professional development courses open for enrollment

Register for a LEARN NC online professional development course today! We have a slate of all new courses, a brand new Carolina Online Teacher (COLT) program, as well as some of our tried and true courses. Course topics include the arts, mathematics, cyberbullying, differentiation, technology, flipping the classroom, reading, writing, STEM, and much more. All of LEARN NC’s courses have been peer-reviewed and reviewed by UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education faculty. See the course schedule, click on “session info” for the course you are interested in and register today!

Free online course for ELA middle and high school teachers

In what ways does your digital writing impact your pedagogy?  In what ways does your writing pedagogy engage students in critical stances?  In this six-week online study group offered by LEARN NC, secondary English teachers will discuss how digital writing can permit critical literacy, engage in meaningful discussions about digital writing and critical literacy practices, learn how understandings of digital writing with a critical stance can be applied to the writing classroom, and compose a piece of digital writing that takes a critical stance. Participants will leave the online study group with an original digital writing mentor text to share with students. Upon successful completion, participants will receive 20 hours for 2.0 CEUs.

If you are interested in joining this online study group please email Kathryn Caprino at kcaprino@email.unc.edu. Enrollees must agree to the use of their data in a dissertation research study.

Host a North Carolina Science Festival event at your school!

The North Carolina Science Festival is gearing up for its 2014-2015 programs and is offering educators an opportunity to host science events at their schools. North Carolina K-12 teachers can apply for the following programs beginning on Monday, August 11, 2014:

Selected classes will receive free curriculum materials and more! Participation is limited. Applications are due by August 29, 2014. For more information, please visit the North Carolina Science Festival website.

The Middle East and World War I

This year will mark the centenary of the start of World War I. We tend, in our teaching of World War I, to concentrate on France and Germany, but the region we now call The Middle East played an important role in the conflict, and its modern history was, in great part, formed by the agreements at the war’s end. It’s a perspective worthy of inclusion in a unit on World War I.

Regina Higgins, from the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and UNC Chapel Hill graduate student, Alyssa Sistare, created a website that offers resources on World War I and the Middle East. In The Middle East and World War I, educators will find a timeline of events, maps, historical and personal accounts of the conflict (Gallipoli, particularly), videos, and even songs.

August news from the NC Civic Education Consortium

The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values, works with schools, governments, and community organizations to prepare North Carolina’s young people to be active, responsible citizens. Each month the Consortium delivers an email newsletter with news and opportunities for civic engagement.

Gearing up for the new school year? The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium is there to help. In this month’s newsletter they are featuring “From Chaos to Community: Your classroom CAN be a fun, safe, and effective environment for both you and your students!” This resource provides “activities for building a self-managing, respectful and tolerant community in your classroom, where students not only enjoy learning, but where high performance is guaranteed.”

Also highlighted this month are professional development opportunities for teachers.

From Talking to Talkin’ Tar Heel
Receive a $75 stipend when attending this seminar at the North Carolina Museum of History on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Find out how “language and dialect provide a fascinating way to understand North Carolina’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.” The seminar includes a free book. Also receive a $30 tuition discount when you register.
Fall 2014 “Adventures in Ideas” Seminars
Register now to secure a spot in a general seminar offered by the Program in the Humanities. Teachers receive a 50 percent discount off tuition and a $75 travel stipend as a part of the Daisy Edmister Fund. Seminars are Friday evening and Saturday morning or all-day Saturday. Receive credit for 10 contact hours of continuing education. Topics and dates can be found on the NC CEC website.
Travel Grants and Workshops from the NC Museum of History
To help cover the cost of travel to the North Carolina Museum of History, travel grants are available for qualifying schools. Title I public schools, Title VII American Indian schools, and other schools with a high percentage of low-income or at-risk students have priority. For more information, please visit the NC CEC website.

For information on these and other opportunities, please contact Paul Bonnici.