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49 UCPS schools recognized for global education
Union County Public Schools is considered a leader throughout North Carolina for its focus on global education.
For the past six years, the UCPS Global Schools Program has encouraged educators to bring global education into the classroom.
“Participating in the Global Schools Program is important because it shows our schools’ commitment in connecting our students to the world,” said Cuthbertson High School principal Dr. Kim Warr Schroeder. “We are able to document our school's growth each year through the process as we work toward infusing globalization into the curriculum.”
Schools are rated in one of five categories depending on points earned through its level of participation: Global Education (1-34 points); Global Ambassadors (35 to 44 points); Global Affiliate (45-59 points); Global Partners (60-84 points); and International Schools (85+ points).
Forty-nine schools were recognized during Thursday’s (Oct.1) principals’ meeting with a plaque. Principals of schools designated International Schools also received a banner to display at their schools.
Fifteen schools were classified at the top level, as International Schools, and 12 as Global Partners. (Those are listed below.)
“Schools maintain documentation of how they infuse globalization into the curriculum,” Schroeder said. “There are support sessions for schools throughout the year to assist in their submission process.”
Kensington Elementary principal Dr. Rachel Clarke said a school’s documentation of participation is submitted via electronic portfolios, listing global events and lessons at the school.
The portfolios are then scored by the system’s Global Education Committee.
Two UCPS schools have maintained the International School status since the program began in Union County in 2009. Kensington Elementary and Cuthbertson High have earned the International School status all six years the program has been in existence.
Schroeder, Cuthbertson High’s principal, gave some examples of her school’s global efforts. This included its partnership with New Global Citizens, participation in cross-curricular globalization activities, cluster international fair, and specific service-learning fundraising projects held for a student in Haiti. The school has also raised funds and collected shoes for Samaritan's Feet.
“Our documentation included activities like our apparel classes making dresses for students in South Africa, highlighted travel trips to Germany and France, and showed our students’ work with virtual field trips,” Schroeder said. “We also highlighted specific learning opportunities, including our students listening to the German Ambassador and attending a Latin American Extravaganza.”
Clarke (Kensington Elementary’s principal) said global education is especially important for younger children.
“Children are naturally curious and want to learn about the world around them,” Clarke said. “As we get older, we tend to lose that interest - even though today's economy demands more of international awareness and understanding. At Kensington, we work to cultivate that curiosity and awareness, and these designations are a good measure of our growth and progress.”
Some of the global activities at Kensington include Tai-Chi presentations for fifth-grade students provided by the Confucius Institute, the school’s Mandarin Immersion program (offered up to the second grade), international community service includes Libros for Learning, while international learning activities include Chinese Moon Festival activities, Chinese New Year activities, participation in the UCPS Cluster International Festival and the school’s Recycling Club.
The following schools earned the system’s highest recognition in the area of Globalization, UCPS International schools:
Cuthbertson High School, Hemby Bridge Elementary, Kensington Elementary School, Marvin Ridge High School, Monroe High School, New Town Elementary School, Piedmont Middle School, Porter Ridge Elementary School, Rocky River Elementary School, Shiloh Elementary School, Sun Valley Middle School, Union County Early College, Union Elementary School, Unionville Elementary School and Weddington High School.
The following schools earned the system’s second highest recognition in the area of Globalization, UCPS Global Partners:
Antioch Elementary, Cuthbertson Middle, East Union Middle, Indian Trail Elementary, Marshville Elementary, Marvin Elementary, Piedmont High, Poplin Elementary, Porter Ridge Middle, Sun Valley High, Weddington Elementary and Weddington Middle School.
Written by: Deb Bledsoe - UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Oct 06, 2015 by Deb Bledsoe