Global Education Newsletter--February 2021

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February 11, 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

Opportunities & Resources


2021 NC Conference on Latin American Studies (NCCLAS 2021)

The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke, in partnership with the UNC Charlotte Latin American Studies Program, is pleased to present the 2021 NC Conference on Latin American Studies (NCCLAS 2021) on February 19 and 20, 2021.  This year the conference will be a virtual event, via Zoom.


The conference is free and open to the public.  Please visit their website and scroll down to find links to the conference programs for both days as well as the link to the conference registration form.  Please note that all conference attendees, including presenters, moderators, discussants, and audience members are required to register in advance in order to receive the Zoom meeting links.  The registration deadline is Friday February 12, 2021.


6 Free Resources for Virtual Field Trips

“How can you take students around the world without moving very far? If you haven’t yet, it’s worth trying virtual field trips and excursions. Now more than ever, these resources allow students to experience spaces they might not otherwise get to see, and there are many ways to introduce them to students as they explore a topic.”


Arab American National Museum: Educator Virtual Open House

4:30-6:00 p.m. EST Tuesday, February 16 | Free with RSVP

AANM invites Educators to join us for their first Educator Virtual Open House of 2021, taking place virtually over Zoom. The Open House will showcase the many educational, cultural and digital offerings and resources that AANM has available for educators locally and nationally to utilize in their classrooms. The goal is to equip teachers with appropriate materials and resources to better educate the masses about the Arab American community. This is an exciting way to use technology to connect with museums across the country! For questions, email Dave Serio, Education & Public Programming Specialist, at


Download Global Leadership Performance Outcomes

Performance Outcomes, Rubrics, and I can Statements in a variety of disciplines from the Center for Global Education.


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

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 their website.  Join them for one, or for all!  All events occur on Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

  • 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.


Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online

Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online is a free and open-access online platform of digital resources to aid the teaching of Islamic art, architecture, and visual culture. The site provides original multimedia content developed by scholars from across the field of Islamic art intended to aid educators in the creation of an interactive learning environment and to contribute to new ways of teaching in general, bringing new voices, perspectives, and materials into our classrooms. There are lots of great videos and other resources. Explore the site and modules here.


NCDPI Global Education Hub on #GoOpenNC

Use this hub to connect with other educators committed to promoting Global Education competencies. This hub also includes a collection of capstone projects created by educators who have earned the Global Educator Digital Badge recognition for their achievements in Global Education.


A Study Upends Stereotypes About Good Coders

A 2020 study revealed that learning how to code resembles learning a language like French or Chinese—challenging entrenched beliefs about coding.


Teaching a Global Curriculum During Distance Learning

Students may be isolated at home these days, but it’s still a good time to learn about people and cultures far away. Use these resources to get started.


Teaching in Uncertain Times

February 25th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm EST via Zoom

Join your peers to discuss teaching in uncertain times. UNC’s Dr. Dana Griffin, Associate Professor and the School of Education Dean’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will discuss the importance of resilience. Participants can share their experiences and discuss positive ways to respond to setbacks during today’s challenging times. Experts Drs. Michael Nakkula and Andy Danilchick from UPenn’s Graduate School of Education and the Project for Mental Health and Optimal Development will discuss cultivating an uncertainty mindset and introduce the newly published Planning for Uncertainty educator’s guide. This timely resource aims to build educators’ and schools’ capacity to navigate the challenging mental health landscape of the COVID-19 era. This program is open to all K-12 and community college educators. CEU/PDCH offered. Register today!


UNC Center for European Studies (CES) Spring Webinar Series

Ever wanted to know how the EU works? The UNC Center for European Studies (CES) is hosting a spring webinar series on EU institutions! The February 11 webinar focuses on the EU Council, an umbrella institution for the European Council and Council of the EU. Speakers include Holger Moroff, faculty in the UNC-CH Department of Political Science, and Allison Haskins, CES outreach coordinator.