March Global Education Newsletter

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March 11, 2021

Global Education




Apply for the Global Educator Digital 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


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.

Professional Learning & Resources


Asia Society Podcasts

Feed your students’ passion for Asia with any of Asia Society’s growing list of free podcasts.


Fighting Words Virtual Poetry Workshop

In this second workshop led by Pulitzer Center education staff, participants will explore how students can use poetry to respond to current events, make personal connections to global issues, and make their voices heard. The activities presented in this workshop can also be used to support students in submitting poems to the Center's 2021 Fighting Words Poetry Contest, where students can win cash prizes and publication. Register now.


Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program

The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is a yearlong professional learning opportunity and short-term exchange for elementary, middle, and high school educators from the United States to develop skills to prepare students for a competitive global economy. Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms participate in a rigorous, semester-long online course focused on best practices in global education; gather for an in-person professional development workshop in Washington, D.C.; and travel abroad for two to three weeks to immerse themselves in another country’s culture and education system. Application deadline is Mar 24, 2021. Learn more and apply!


MakerEd’s Resource Library

Browse a library full of resources on everything maker: project ideas, assessment tools, makerspace design tips, and professional development tools.


National Geographic’s Photo of the Day

Use the photo of the day to spark curiosity!


Russian Flagship Program

The U.S. government designates Russian as one of the languages vital for national security and economic competitiveness. The Russian Language Flagship Program is a national initiative created to answer that critical need. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Russian Flagship Program (UNCRFP) is a federally funded initiative that supports motivated undergraduate students of all majors to attain a professional level of proficiency in the Russian language. The Russian Flagship Program at UNC-Chapel Hill is a joint collaboration between the Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, and is one of eight Russian Language Flagship programs in the US sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP).

Join this unique community of high-achieving undergraduates across the U.S. and gain an impressive set of professional skills that will give you the competitive edge for future graduate study or career. Learn more about this program.


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

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 their website.  Join them for one, or for all!

  • 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.


Supporting Multilingual Students in the Early Grades

“Multilingualism is an asset to be nurtured in our classrooms, and [these] five strategies can help teachers strategically and intentionally celebrate and extend multilingual children’s existing linguistic expertise as well as their participation in learning activities both in person and virtually.”


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.


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Where There Is a Woman There Is Magic: Women’s History Month Virtual Festival

Join the Portrait Gallery in a virtual celebration of women making history! We will explore the online exhibition “Where There Is a Woman There Is Magic,” which highlights leaders in sports, arts, science and activism. It is part of a day-long lineup featuring events and activities for participants of all ages, including workshops, speakers, art activities and more! Saturday, March 27, 11 a.m. | Online via Zoom


WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom

WOW Stories: Connections from the Classroom is a regular on-line publication of WOW containing vignettes written by classroom educators about children’s experiences reading and responding to global literature in the classroom setting.