Special Edition: International Education Week 2021

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Special Edition: International Education Week: November 2021

K-12 Social Studies




This update contains the latest announcements and current news impacting K-12 Social Studies in North Carolina public schools.  As always, we encourage those of you who receive the updates to please share this issue with others who are not currently subscribed to our listserv. To receive Social Studies Updates please sign up using the link Social Studies Listerv Update  or follow us on Twitter.

IEW Flyer 1

Next Week is International Education Week!

November 15-19, 2021


International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity for students and educators to celebrate the benefits of education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State is part of the effort to promote programs and opportunities that can prepare students for a global environment.


In 2019, the State Board of Education recognized the third week of November as International Education Week in North Carolina. Each year since then, there have been opportunities across the state that offer the chance to:

  • Expand awareness of and interest in global issues and global learning
  • Collaborate with and learn from international student or educator groups and organizations
  • Gain a new cultural understanding
  • Share how North Carolina students and educators are globally competent and aware
  • Sample a small part of life beyond the shores of America

To learn more, please visit  https://tinyurl.com/NCIEW-Info.


Be sure to use the hashtags: #NCIEW, #NCisGlobal, #IEW2021, and #SettingtheStandard


This year, a variety of activities are being planned by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Global Education Steering Committee to promote International Education Week including:

  • Day of Celebration Webinar (link will be released November 15-19)
  • A Student Showcase that provides students an opportunity to share their interest and understanding of global issues, global learning, and cultural awareness through various projects, presentations, or work samples;
  • Facebook and Twitter posts that share images and information about how students and educators in North Carolina are celebrating IEW and integrating global education into lessons and activities;
  • Professional Learning Sessions from UNC-Duke Area Studies and NCDPI that highlight content related to different world regions that can equip students with the critical thinking skills and global perspective necessary to solve the challenges of the present and future; 
  • Welcoming Remarks from Superintendent of Public Instruction, Catherine Truitt that help to kick-off International Education Week in North Carolina; 
  • Remarks from the State Board of Education that recognize International Education Week and two Global Ready Schools  renewal designations (link is forthcoming); and
  • Remarks from Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. David Stegall that helps to closeout International Education Week (November 19).

To learn more, please visit  https://tinyurl.com/NCIEW-Info.


Use this link to view the welcoming remarks from Superintendent of Public Instruction, Catherine Truitt.



Be sure to use the hashtags: #NCIEW, #NCisGlobal, #IEW2021, and #SettingtheStandard


The NC IEW Student Showcase provides students an opportunity to share their interest and understanding of global issues, global learning, and cultural awareness through various projects, presentations, or work samples.


We welcome virtual submissions of student work samples demonstrating Global Education competencies through examples such as Student/School Performances or Presentations, Student Work Narratives, or Student Interviews. Selected submissions will be highlighted on NCDPI social media pages.


Learn More About the Submission Process: https://bit.ly/IEWShowcase21Info


#NCIEW, #NCisGlobal, #IEW2021, and #SettingtheStandard


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International Education Week Series for K-12 Educators: Food, Water, and Sustainability around the World and at Home

Hosted by the UNC-Duke area studies centers and NCDPI
November 15-20, 2021
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost- Free


This is our third year celebrating International Education Week at NCDPI, as well as our third year partnering with the UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers to provide a professional learning series on global education. Like us, our collaborative partners seek to ensure that educators in North Carolina are globally engaged, aware, competent, and responsive.


This year’s week-long International Education Week professional development webinar series, Food, Water, and Sustainability around the World and at Home, aims to explore the interconnectedness of agriculture, water, community health and well-being, culture, sustainable development, and climate.  Each session will highlight content and resources related to a different world region: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and Russia.


Educators can attend one session to learn about a specific area or attend all sessions to gain a broader understanding of our global environment. Attending educators will receive content and resources to equip students with the critical thinking skills and global perspective necessary to solve the sustainability challenges of the future.


Participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 PD hours for each event attended.


All of the virtual professional learning sessions from November 15-19 begin at 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). The in-person session on Saturday begins at noon. 


  • Monday, November 15: "From the Siberian Steppe to St. Petersburg: Environmental Issues and Activism in Russia" - hosted by the Russian Flagship Program & Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
  • Tuesday, November 16: African Studies Center
  • Wednesday, November 17: "Water in the Middle East: Significance, Survival, and Sustainability", Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies
  • Thursday, November 18: "Agriculture and Slow Food in Spain", Center for European Studies
  • Friday, November 19: "Cup of Green: Sustainable Coffee Production in Latin America", Counter Culture Coffee, UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Saturday, November 20: Carolina Asia Center event in-person at Pho Lao in Morganton, North Carolina. REGISTER SEPARATELY: https://go.unc.edu/PhoLao

To learn more about each session, visit https://areastudies.unc.edu/IEW.

When you register, you can choose to attend one or more sessions.



#NCIEW, #NCisGlobal, #IEW2021, and #SettingtheStandard

Academie de la reims

SALC Celebration of School Partnerships

Saturday, November 13 
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Eastern US


The Southern Atlantic Language Collaborative (SALC) is made up of four member states in the Southeast, encompassing Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. SALC is offering a free celebration event to showcase the teacher and school partnerships between the US (in North Carolina and Virginia) and the Académie de Reims in France. Existing partnership participants will be sharing the successes of their work together, Teachers and school representatives from schools still waiting for a pairing, or those who are interested in learning more about the school partnerships, are invited to attend.

Register here to receive the connection link to the 2021 Celebration of Partner Schools event. Presentations will be in English and educators involved with all subject areas are welcome.

Global badge

Words of Wisdom from Global Educator Digital Badge Earners


The Global Educator Digital Badge (GEDB) 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. 


Each day of International Education Week 2021, we will be highlighting some educators who have earned the NCDPI Global Educator Digital Badge (GEDB) on Twitter. The earners will be sharing their thoughts on the benefits of getting the badge and how it has impacted their teaching. 


For more information on the Badge (SBE Policy, FAQs, Process Flyer, Implementation Guide, MOA), please visit the website or contact NCGlobalEducation@dpi.nc.gov.


A video of the GEDB Recipients sharing their words of wisdom can also be viewed using

this link 



#NCIEW, #NCisGlobal, #IEW2021, and #SettingtheStandard


On Monday, November 15, 2021, The Russian Flagship Program at UNC-Chapel Hill will be presenting at one of the International Education Week professional learning sessions. 


The Russian Flagship Program  provides students of all majors the unique opportunity to gain a professional level of Russian language proficiency as well as tangible work experience in their field of interest through coursework at UNC and an overseas Capstone year in Kazakhstan. It is one of eight Russian Language Flagship programs in the US-sponsored by the National Security Education Program as part of The Language Flagship, a national initiative aimed to change the way Americans learn languages. 


The goal of the Russian Flagship Program is for participating students to:  

  • Reach a professional level of competency in Russian, a language deemed “critical” to national security 
  • Link their language study to the major(s) of their choice 
  • Study abroad and complete a professional overseas internship 
  • Receive scholarships for study abroad, intensive summer language courses, and related professional development opportunities

Contact Meredith Doubleday, Assistant Director of the Russian Flagship Program, to learn more about ways high school students can get involved with the program as well as opportunities for virtual programming by Flagship Student Ambassadors in Social Studies classrooms.

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