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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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.

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.


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

National PE Institute and NC Health & Wellness Fellows

The primary purpose of the National Physical Education Institute (July 28-30, 2014 in Asheville, NC) is to provide participants with tools, strategies, and information on how to develop a K-12 curriculum aligned with student assessment. By attending this conference you will:

  • Gain valuable insight as to how to align the written, taught, and tested curriculum;
  • Learn from others who have implemented data-driven assessment practices; and
  • See how others have been linking curriculum with sound K-12 assessment practices!

For the past two years, hundreds of K-12 Physical Education teachers from over 40 states
and 6 countries have gathered to make the National PE Institute a resounding success. See the National PE Institute website for more information about keynote speakers and to register. All of the National PE Institute Keynotes will be live-streamed as a free professional outreach activity for K-12 physical education teachers.

This year, the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness will be offering 15 Fellowships to K-12 North Carolina physical education teachers worth up to $750 to cover the expenses associated with registration ($250), travel and lodging.

Individuals selected as Fellows will be expected to:

  • Learn Twitter and Social Media Basics and assist PE Institute participants at the “Twitter & Social Media Help Desk,”
  • Provide on-going mentoring assistance throughout the school year with follow-up PE Institute Twitter Chats, webinars, and other social media events;
  • Respond to designated NCCHW surveys to measure the impact of the PE Institute on teaching/students;
  • Write personal “True PE Stories” to chronicle the impact of social media and lessons learned at the National PE Institute on a periodic basis (ex: several times a year); and
  • Serve as National PE Institute “Ambassadors” as needed.

Applications are due by 5:00PM, Friday, June 20, 2014. See the 2014 PEI Fellows Program Application for selection criteria and submission process information.

Freedom Roads workshop

Workshops for Teachers, Museum Professionals, and Pre-Professional Students
Guilford College, Greensboro, Friday, June 13, 2014
Halifax State Historic Site, Halifax, Monday, August 4, 2014

This summer, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is offering two all-day workshops for K–12 teachers (CEUs are available), museum professionals, and pre-professionals.* Each session will examine the history, culture, and legacy of the Underground Railroad and the quest for freedom in North Carolina.

The Freedom Roads workshops will

  • enhance content knowledge about the efforts of enslaved people in North Carolina in seeking freedom
  • dispel myths and historical inaccuracies about the Underground Railroad and other avenues for seeking freedom
  • provide a professional, working atmosphere for enhancing the ability to create useful classroom resources

The Ultimate Goal:  To provide a venue where classroom teachers, museum professionals, and pre-professionals can network, learn, and work collaboratively to create new and innovative ways for informing students and museum/ site visitors about the history, culture, and legacy of the Underground Railroad and the efforts of enslaved people in North Carolina who sought out freedom

Pre-Workshop Activity:  Each teacher and museum professional will be expected to have completed short online activities via LEARN NC prior to attending the workshop. (Log-in and password information will be sent after registration; Continuing Education Units are offered.)

$30     Full Daily Registration (includes refreshments, lunch, and parking)
$10     Community Registration (includes keynote speech and lunch)
Register online  or  download this Freedom Roads registration form (PDF)


Questions:  For more information about the Freedom Roads project, contact Schree Chavdarov at the North Carolina Arts Council, 919-807-6516 or schree.chavdarov@ncdcr.gov.

Astronomy in April

Coming Wednesday, April 2, at 7 PM, to a Computer near You!

UNC-TV’s science stories that you see on such series as North Carolina Science Now and QUEST always capture the imagination, but here’s an event that’s out of this world. Next month, the skies of our state play host to a few special astronomical events—including a total lunar eclipse. As part of the annual North Carolina Science Festival, join us online for a special interactive opportunity to screen astronomy-based UNC-TV Science programs, interact with the producers and get more information about the upcoming lunar eclipse direct from the experts! Whether stargazing novice or long-time astronomy buff, dive into the cosmos Wednesday, April 2, starting at 7 PM. It all happens for free in OVEE, an online, real-time screening and chat forum designed specifically for public media, that you can access from anywhere with an internet connection! Visit unctv.org/content/ovee for more details and to link up to this lively online screening event!

The Presidential Primary Sources Project: Leadership in a Time of Crisis – 2014 Videoconferencing Program

President Truman

The Presidential Primary Sources Project offers a series of free fifty-minute videoconferencing programs sponsored by the U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, National Park Service, and the Internet2 K20 Initiative.

Grade Level: The programs are designed for students in grades 6-12.

How do these programs benefit library patrons, teachers, and students? Students will interact live with presidential historians at Presidential Libraries and park rangers at our National Presidential Historic Sites to explore historical themes and events. This year’s central theme will be “Leadership in a Time of Crisis”. In addition to live interactive discussion, primary source documents will be used extensively during the presentations.

Program Registration: http://goo.gl/VD2QEm
The first 10 classrooms or public libraries that register and complete
videoconferencing testing for a particular program session will qualify as an
interactive site. All other classrooms can view the live web-stream.

Live Web-stream: http://video.magpi.net/
Each session will be broadcast live at the URL above.

Questions? Contact James Werle, Director, Internet2 K20 Initiative

Equipment Requirements: Your classroom or library will need access to a H.323
compliant desktop video conferencing software program or room system. The video
conferencing system should be able to operate at a minimum of 384kbps. Every
participating site will also need to test their connection with our project team in
advance of the program.

National Standards: With the focus on historical events and extensive use of supporting primary source documents, teachers will find the presentations coincide with a number of national standards related to historical thinking and reading history. Specifically:

National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) – National History Standards
•  Historical Thinking Standard 1: Chronological Thinking
•  Historical Thinking Standard 2: Historical Comprehension
•  Historical Thinking Standard 3: Historical Analysis and Interpretation
•  Historical Thinking Standard 4: Historical Research Capabilities
•  Historical Thinking Standard 5: Historical Issues-Analysis and Decision-Making

Common Core
•  Reading History (RH) – Integration of Knowledge and Ideas 9-10.1; RH 11-12.3
•  Reading History (RH) – Key Ideas and Details 6-8.1
•  Reading Informational Text (RI) – Craft and Structure 5.6

Presentation Schedule:

  • Harry S. Truman Library – March 25, 2014: 10:00-10:50am CST/12:00-12:50pm CST
  • Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University – April 8, 2014: 9:00-9:50am CST/11:00-11:50am CST
  • Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site – April 15, 2014: 10:00-10:50am CST/12:00-12:50pm CST
  • Eisenhower National Historic Site – April 30, 2014: 9:00-9:50am CST/1:00-1:50pm CST

For presentation descriptions, see the program flyer.

What are you doing for CS Ed Week?

If you are a parent, teacher, or citizen interested in how we prepare students for the careers of the future, please join the celebration of Computer Science Education WeekDecember 8 – 14, 2013.

Here are just a few reasons we should be promoting computer science in K-12 schools:

  • In many countries (including China, the United Kingdom and Australia), computer science is — or will soon be — required.
  • Yet 90% of K-12 schools in the US do not teach computer science.
  • Students who learn introductory computer science show improved math scores.
  • New programming jobs are growing 3 times faster than the number of students entering the field.
  • Any student, starting in elementary school, can learn the basics, but fewer than 10% of students try (and just 4% of female students and 3% of students of color).

Explore these facts and more at the new Computer Science Ed Week website with  self-guided tutorials that anyone can complete with just a web-browser, tablet, or smartphone.  There are also unplugged tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience or computers are required.

Any teacher can use these free resources to plan an Hour of Code activity at their school. Please pass this along to others so we can demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn to program!

LEARN NC joins project to create lesson plans about World War I cemetery

LEARN NC has been chosen to lead a $357,000 project to create lesson plans and other teaching materials for use by middle school and high school students learning about World War I.

The project is being funded by the American Battle Monuments Commission, which administers overseas cemeteries and monuments at sites of battles in which American armed forces took part.

The partnership, a first of its kind for the ABMC, is being created in anticipation of the 2014 centennial of the outbreak of World War I. The project will focus on developing materials to be used to teach about the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery at Verdun, France.

“The ABMC was created because of World War I, a war that changed not only the history of our country, but the history of the world,” said Max Cleland, secretary of the ABMC. “This is a great opportunity to introduce American children to all those we honor at our World War I overseas cemeteries.”

Project partners include LEARN NC, Virginia Tech’s School of Education and a team of teachers from 12 middle schools and high schools in North Carolina and Virginia who will conduct the research and help create the teaching materials. A faculty member from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and another from Piedmont Virginia Community College-Albemarle are also taking part.

“This partnership between universities and K-12 educators demonstrates the power of bringing together teacher-scholars, higher education faculty, and digital technologies to produce opportunities for students to develop a deeper understanding of key historical events – in this case, World War I,” said Bill McDiarmid, dean of the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. “We are grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for providing the resources to support teachers in creating the kind of powerful learning experiences that we want for all our students.”

The team will develop lessons that incorporate new instructional technologies, such as geospatial and augmented reality and are designed to help students better understand the service, experience and sacrifice of Americans that served and died during the war. The materials will be designed to align with the Common Core State Standards. The lesson plans and teaching materials will be publicly available for free download from the LEARN NC website by fall of 2014, organizers said.

Carol Mullen, director of the School of Education and associate dean for professional education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, said “The Transatlantic Teacher Scholars Program: Change Over Time and Place in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial is a very exciting and innovative collaboration that will serve as a powerful educational portal into America’s forgotten war.

“The program reflects the School of Education’s commitment to facilitating inquiry-based digital history/humanities professional development initiatives that are designed to ultimately maximize students’ opportunities for authentic learning,” she said.


New course: Carolina Navigators for K-12 Teachers

This course is now open for registration. Click here to register.

This course is for K-12 teachers who would like to work with a Carolina Navigators service-learning student from UNC-CH for a semester. Carolina Navigators are undergraduate students with international experience and expertise who are enrolled in the 3-credit “Intercultural Education in K-12 Classrooms” course.

The LEARN NC course is geared towards teachers who have an idea for a global education project. In this LEARN NC course you will:

  • Investigate global education, intercultural communication, and intercultural competence through articles, videos, and discussions
  • Learn about Carolina Navigators service-learning program and expectations for working with a service-learning student
  • Create a global education project that you can implement in your classroom with the support of a Carolina Navigators service-learning student

This is a self-study class that you complete within a specific time-frame. You will receive feedback on your global education project proposal. Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to work with a Carolina Navigator service-learning student for one semester (face-to-face or virtually, depending on your location) who will help you implement your global education project. This course is open to all K-12 teachers in North Carolina.