Global Education Newsletter-- January 2021

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January 14, 2021

Global Education




Apply for the Global Educator Digital Badge!

Global Ed Badge

How prepared are you to foster global awareness in your students or support that in your classrooms or schools?The Global Educator Digital Badge provides an opportunity for educators to focus their professional development on developing their own global context and understanding of how to integrate global education throughout curricula. It also provides the opportunity to build global competency in students.The State Board of Education approved North Carolina Global Educator Digital Badge (GEDB) is available for the following educator categories: Teacher, Teacher Leadership Specialist, Library Media Coordinator, Instructional Technology Facilitator, School Counselor, Career Development Coordinator, School Social Worker, School Psychologist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Instructional Central Office Staff, Principal/Assistant Principal, Superintendent. For more information on the Badge (SBE Policy, FAQs, Process Flyer, Implementation Guide, MOA), please visit our website or contact

UNC World View Educator Spotlight

Each month, UNC World View highlights a North Carolina educator and his/her global education efforts and/or practices.  View the January Educator Spotlight on Caitlin Farr from Concord, NC! View past spotlights by visiting UNC World View’s website.

Learning Opportunities & Resources

Application for the 2021 Brussels Study Tour is now open!

Each year, CES chooses a cohort of NC K-12 teachers, community college instructors, and HBCU/MSI faculty to join a study tour to Brussels, Belgium.


The tour, organized by the University of Pittsburgh’s European Studies Center, is a five-day professional development opportunity to learn about the European Union. This study tour provides K-12 educators, and community college and MSI/HBCU faculty the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experiences that bolster an understanding of Europe and the European Union.


If accepted, CES provides reimbursement for one transatlantic flight and group hotel arrangements for the duration of the tour. The University of Pittsburgh requires a non-refundable administrative fee of $275 per participant. All other programmatic costs are covered.


While CES is doing their very best to plan and take a cohort in 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is a chance this trip cannot take place. CES is consistently monitoring the situation at home and abroad, and will be in contact with applicants and selected participants regarding the status of the trip throughout early 2021. The tour will take place June 27-July 3, 2021. Applications are due on January 22, 2020.


How to Set Up a Science Fair During the Pandemic

Read about how a middle school science teacher preps her students for science fair by exploring their interest in real world issues by using the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals.


Middle East Explained Video: Turkey from Empire to Republic

Another video in the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies’ Middle East Explained video series has dropped! Use this for your own knowledge or use it in the classroom!  The defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I led to its final dissolution. In 1923, the Republic of Turkey was established. This transition from Empire to Republic was largely impacted by European colonial powers, including the occupation of the capital Istanbul and the League of Nations mandate system. Resisting British and French influence, the Turks responded with an armed insurrection known as the Turkish War of Independence, leading to negotiations about the national self-determination of Turks and other ethnic groups formerly part of the Ottoman Empire.


After the Republic of Turkey was established in 1923, founding president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk implemented a series of sweeping political, social, cultural, and religious reforms designed to separate the new Turkish state from its Ottoman past. Despite a desire to disengage from colonial powers, Turkey still attempted to emulate Europe by following the logic of modernization espoused by the West. In this 10-minute video, Professor Erdağ Göknar discusses contestations between colonialism, nationalism, and the Kemalist cultural revolution in Turkey.




Request your Spring Culture Kits from Carolina Navigators

COVID-19 parameters: Each educator can reserve a maximum of 1 culture kit this spring for now; For this spring, Kits must be reserved at least 14 days in advance; Kits can be reserved for periods of time between EXACTLY 10-28 days; You must have the kit shipped to your home, instead of your school, in case buildings shut down again (you can edit your address in Checkfront by clicking on PROFILE, and SAVED INFORMATION); The first date that you can receive a kit will be February 2nd, 2021. Learn more and make your reservations today! Kits are available from February 2nd-May 5th 2021.


Spring 2021 Global Read Webinar Series

This annual series features a conversation with the author and moderator of the latest award winning titles recognized by the Américas Award, the Children’s Africana Book Award, the Freeman East & Southeast Asia Book Awards, the Middle East Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award. Registration is open.


Join the Middle East Outreach Council on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern Time for a webinar with award-winning author, Danny Ramadan.  2020 Picture Book Award Winner: SALMA THE SYRIAN CHEF by Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron (Annick Press, 2020). Salma and her mother have recently arrived in Vancouver and all Salma wants to do is make her mama smile again.  Between English classes, job interviews, and missing Papa back in Syria, Mama always seems busy or sad.  A homemade Syrian meal might cheer her up!  The staff and other newcomers at the Welcome Center are happy to help out. Syrian culture is beautifully represented through the meal Salma prepares and the diverse cast of characters speaks to the power of cultivating community in challenging circumstances. In this webinar, Danny Ramadan will first speak about his book, followed by a conversation on Syrian food and culture. Accessible for readers ages 4-7/ Pre-K-2nd grade.


Spring PD Series: How to Teach about the Middle East – and Get it Right!

January – May, 2021 | All events occur on Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time


Free | Earn Professional Development Hours 


The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies is really excited to present this spring series focusing on teaching strategies and resources! This series offers five sessions between January and May 2021, featuring resources and strategies for teaching about the Middle East relevant to both in-person and virtual teaching for Grades 6-12 and community colleges. For more information about each webinar and to register, visit Join them for one, or for all!

  • January 28: Islam Through Art, Dr. Christiane Gruber
  • February 25: Teaching Middle East History in World History, Dr. Allen Fromherz
  • March 18: Experiential Learning about the Middle East through the Senses, Barbara Petzen
  • April 22: Teaching about the Middle East through Underreported Stories, Fareed Mostoufi
  • May 20: Hip Hop and Women’s Voices in the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Angela Williams

This program is a collaboration between the National Resource Centers dedicated to Middle East Studies at Duke University-The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Michigan.


Story Circles: UNESCO’s Human Rights Based Intercultural Competency Development Methodology

January 21, 2021  |  via Zoom  |  for K-12 and Community College educators


Have you heard about UNESCO's Intercultural Competency Training yet? Educators are using this novel methodology to connect with each other and connect their students to the world. Our second dedicated Zoom training featuring Story Circles' creator Dr. Darla Deardorff is on January 21st! Register today to learn how to help your students unlock these valuable skills, even virtually.

  • Demonstrate respect for others
  • Practice listening for understanding
  • Cultivate curiosity about similarities and differences with others
  • Gain increased cultural self-awareness
  • Develop empathy
  • Engage in critical reflection on one’s own intercultural competencies development, as well as on the intercultural experience
  • Develop relationships with culturally different others

Join us for UNESCO Intercultural Competency Training! Through an interactive virtual session, we'll explore Story Circles to bridge cultural divides and create more inclusive classrooms. 

$25 registration fee and 0.5 CEU / 5 PDCH offered.  Register today!