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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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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.

Free courses for teachers

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Two UNC School of Education doctoral students, Hillary Parkhouse and Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, are offering online courses through LEARN NC to help teachers become more globally competent. Teachers are trying to find more ways to connect their classrooms and their students to the ever-growing, ever-changing world, as well as facing the reality that one in five students in the US are immigrants. Parkhouse and Tichnor-Wagner are offering a free online series of workshops in two-parts: Preparing to Teach for Global Competence and Globally Competent Teaching in Action. Below are the course descriptions and a link to find out more information.

Preparing to Teach for Global Competence: (July 30- August 26)

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

For more information or to enroll in the course, please contact Tichnor-Wagner at arielt@live.unc.edu.

Globally Competent Teaching in Action: (September 3- September 30)

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

  • 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.

For more information or to enroll in the course, please contact Hillary Parkhouse at parkhous@live.unc.edu.

“Using artifacts as a bridge to the past” — a new online course

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and LEARN NC announce a new partnership to bring museum skills to the classroom.

The partnership has developed an online course to help teachers learn how to use historical artifacts in their classrooms. This instructor-led, media-rich social studies methods course centers on best practice teaching strategies, drawing on Colonial Williamsburg’s 25 years of successful teacher professional development at the world’s largest living history museum.

As a national advocate for history and social studies education, Colonial Williamsburg meets the needs of professional educators with classroom, blended and online learning. Since 1990, more than 18,000 teachers have participated in Colonial Williamsburg professional development training, including the summer Teacher Institute, on-site and off-site programs, and video conferences.

“Using Artifacts as a Bridge to the Past” employs the resources of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and its collections, related digital media and history methods. The course models hands-on interpretation and analysis of artifacts with students through videos, course readings, digital media, discussions and electronic postings.

Participants will work individually and as a learning community to construct an archive of related classroom resources and will also earn continuing education credits. The course is designed so that teachers can apply the techniques of artifact or object analysis immediately in their classroom instruction. More than two dozen teachers nationwide contributed to the development of “Using Artifacts as a Bridge to the Past” as beta testers with additional contributions from the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. To register for this course, go to http://tinyurl.com/mh482ef.

This new partnership between Colonial Williamsburg and LEARN NC is the first online course the museum has designed that merges effective museum skills with interactive history education methods to support teachers in meeting curricular objectives. Facilitated by Colonial Williamsburg staff educators, these courses help teachers bring history to life in their classrooms. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg’s developing distance learning programming for teachers, go to www.history.org/History/teaching/distancelearning/index.cfm.

Teach students to think critically using “Paintings as Windows to the Past”

In an age of high stakes testing, driven by a pedagogy resting on a “facts-based” approach to learning, history teachers are sometimes hard-pressed to engage students and challenge them to use higher level thinking skills. Through an interdisciplinary approach to learning, however, teachers can not only address the content of the curriculum but also challenge students to develop interpretive skills and think critically. Through this methodology, students can begin to “do” history. The Paintings as Windows to the Past online professional development course will explore proven strategies to bring the fine arts into the history classroom. Paintings will become the primary sources through which students explore the past. While not abandoning aesthetics, students will move beyond an emotional reaction to works of art and set them in a broader socio-historic context. Instructors will explore ways to inject additional primary documents into the lesson so that students can build strong, evidence-based interpretations of works of art.

The seven-week course will run from April 9 – May 28, 2014. To learn more about the course, view the course syllabus, and to register, visit: http://tinyurl.com/m84ced3.

Registration is open for spring online courses!

Hone your teaching skills by taking a professional development course from LEARN NC. We are offering a full slate of Carolina Online Teacher (COLT) courses as well as courses in cultural awareness, ESL, literacy across the curriculum, and more! Check out our new America on the World Stage series of courses that have been built around the America on the World Stage Digital Library. This series uses a global approach to U.S. history.

Educators completing COLT courses will receive 2.0 – 3.0 Technology CEUs for renewal credit, while the America on the World Stage series offers subject-area CEUs for Social Studies.

Check back often to see new additions to the course schedule. We will be adding new courses developed by LEARN NC partners.

America on the World Stage – a new series of online courses

America on the World Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History is a publication of essays that cover a specific chronological period and approaches 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.

For each historical period, the authors of the essays provide practical guidance on bringing this international approach to the classroom, with suggested lesson plans and activities. Using a professional development model highlighted by a series of interactive lectures, hands-on workshops, research and curriculum design, and summer travel courses, teachers worked with authors from the book and in partnership to include work with the Library of Congress and the National Archives in London. The result is a digital library of over 100 teaching kits that are research-informed and teacher-created that cover all
chapters of America on the World Stage.

This fall LEARN NC has completed the alignment of this textbook and hands-on teaching kits by hosting a series of online courses that explores each topic. These highly interactive courses are 3-5 weeks in length and participants will earn CEU credit. Take one of these courses—or several from the bundle—and learn how to globalize your American history curriculum through inquiry and investigation.

To register and to see course descriptions visit:

LEARN NC announces “Dream of a Nation,” a free online course

In partnership with Dream of a Nation, a “people-centered initiative focused on big dreams, bold innovations, and realizing our full potential as a nation,” LEARN NC has developed a new, FREE, online professional development course. Through reading articles and watching videos by some of today’s most innovative and inspiring scientists, economists, environmentalists and others, participants will find materials aligned to both the North Carolina Essential Standards and English Language Arts Common Core Standards that will engage them and their students in empowering ideas.

The first offering of this self-paced, interactive online course begins on September 25 and runs through October 30, 2013. The course is for educators who teach eighth through twelfth grade environmental science, American history, civics and economics, and English language arts. Upon completion, participants will earn 2.0 CEUs. To enroll and view a full course description, visit the Dream of a Nation registration page.

Enrollment is open for LEARN NC’s fall online courses!

LEARN NC’s fall schedule of online professional development courses is ready for enrollment. Whether you are interested in picking up credit hours in cultural awareness, co-teaching, literacy, ESL, or American history, we have something for you. LEARN NC is also offering multiple sections in “Moodle Training” and “Teaching Online Courses.”

LEARN NC’s online courses, which are aligned to North Carolina’s Professional Teaching Standards, eliminate travel expenses and substitute-teacher costs normally associated with staff development. Online professional development allows teachers to participate at a time and place most convenient to them, and collaborate with colleagues via a variety of easy-to-use electronic forums.