Global Education Newsletter May 2021

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May 13, 2021

Global Education





Earn Your Global Educator Digital Badge!

Global 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

Resources and Professional Learning Opportunities

Apply to ACTFL's STARTALK Multi-State Pathways to Teaching Institute 

Are you:

  • A speaker of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu?

  • An individual ready to work toward certification to teach in K-12 public schools?

The STARTALK Multi-State Pathways to Teaching Program focuses on closing the gap for heritage school teachers and/or native speakers by creating a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) to work toward state certification.  The goal is to prepare more language teachers that are ready to be placed in a K-12 public school classroom as an alternative entry or provisionally licensed teacher. This teacher training program will support up to 75 prospective teachers in 8 targeted STARTALK languages to address the critical need for K-12 language programs in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. 

The focus is to prepare teachers to meet the licensing requirements of the state where they will be teaching and enter the classroom as effective educators with the skills to plan, deliver, and assess instruction using the STARTALK Principles and research-based strategies for language learning.

Applications are due May 15 and can be found online.


Apply for a Lead with Languages Teacher Scholarship

The Lead with Languages Teacher Scholarship Program is dedicated to addressing a critical national shortage by bolstering the pipeline of future language educators. The program provides recipients with an award of $1,500 per academic year. Scholarships may be renewed three times following the initial award, for a cumulative total of $6,000 per recipient.  Upon graduation and entry into the teaching field, Lead with Languages Teacher Scholars will also receive 1-year complimentary ACTFL membership, which includes access to the ACTFL Mentorship Program aimed at early-career language teachers.  Applications for the 2021 Class of Lead with Languages Teacher Scholars must be submitted online no later than 5:00 PM ET on May 28, 2021.


Asia Society CTE Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources to help CTE educators integrate global issues and skills into what is already being taught in their classrooms. It is a companion to the free, online professional development courses, "Global Competence Through Career and Technical Education" and "Career Readiness in a Global Economy: STEM and CTE," available through ACTE's CTE Learn Community. Visit to enroll in the courses.


Exploring World Languages through PBS

Bring world languages and cultures into your classroom through PBS's LearningMedia platform that features Spanish, German, French, Chinese, and Japanese.


Looking for New Lesson Plans?

Check out the Carolina Asia Center who supports K-12 and community college educators by providing lesson plans that infuse Asia content into everyday topics. We aim to help teachers adapt their lesson plans and pedagogy to foster acceptance and promote success in an increasingly diverse classroom environment.


Nat Geo Live

Explore the behind-the-scenes stories⁠ and stunning imagery⁠ from National Geographic's world-renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers, conservationists, and adventurers from the comfort of home. Find an event.


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.


North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN) Virtual Seminar on East Asia from UNC Wilmington

Disaster in China and Japan: What can we can learn from them? June 10-11, 2021 via Zoom

The Thursday seminar starts with a lecture on the 1959-61 famine in China, followed by an introduction to resources on East Asia and viewing of a film, "Radiant." Friday workshops include an award-winning book author's reading & discussion, followed by the Q&A sessions of the film "Radiant" and Fukushima updates by MOTOKO. Friday afternoon workshop, participants will learn how to make a story and create one with MOTOKO. A certificate of completion will be provided after the seminar.  Upon completing the entire two-day seminar & workshop on June 10 & 11, eligible in-service K-12 teachers (up to 20 teachers, first- come first- served basis) will receive a $300 resource grant  to purchase materials to teach about East Asia. Please register for the seminar and learn more about the grant eligibility.


Online Exhibition: "Return to Palmyra"

This is an online exhibition by Getty Images with readings, images, and an interview with scholar Waleed al-As’ad on this Syrian archaeological site that has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Access the exhibit.


Professional Development for K-20 World Language Educators List

This list of PD opportunities offered by NCDPI and other entities is updated on an ongoing basis. Check back often for new additions of webinars, online courses, conferences, workshops, and more!


Spring PD Series: How to Teach about the Middle East

All events are free and occur on Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies is really excited to present this spring series focusing on teaching strategies and resources! This series offered 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 for the last webinar, visit their website. The last webinar is 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.


Summer Teacher Institute 2021: The Arab Legacy in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America 

On August 2-6, 2021, the online 2021 Summer Institute will engage with current scholarship that spans 1400 years of cultural histories connecting the Arabic-speaking and Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking worlds. This institute will look first at the cultural and linguistic sources of al-Andalus, then at the hybrid culture of al-Andalus, and finally at the “afterlife of al-Andalus,” primarily in Latin America. By examining these influences as objects of teaching and learning, the institute hopes to foster appreciation of the Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese cultural traditions as distinct, but also deeply interconnected. The 5-day institute will engage with scholars through their lectures and live sessions, and through film, drama, music and visual arts. Attendees will receive access to teaching resources and have opportunities to develop classroom applications with fellow attendees. There is no cost to register, and they particularly welcome out-of-state teachers! Register for STI 2021.