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World View Partner’s workshop held in Union County

Erika Jordan, an educational consultant with Pearson Education, speaks to a group of educators about “Teaching the iGeneration” during the World View Partner’s Workshop.

Union County Public Schools hosted this year’s World View Partner’s Workshop, a one-day workshop exploring globalization and global education strategies.

World View, an international program for educators, was established in 1998 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help K-12 and college educators address the challenges of today’s interconnected world.

The program collaborates with other international programs at UNC-Chapel Hill, other UNC campuses, private universities and with global businesses to sponsor annual symposiums for K-12 educators, community college educators, seminars on various regions of the world and international study visits.

Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis, who serves on the World View Board, spoke to participants at the beginning of the program on the importance of global education. “I believe very strongly in global education. Global education is such an important part of the lives of our students this day and age. The world is a lot different than it used to be, and I think we all recognize that.”

There were about 875 teachers, administrators, board members and community members from seven counties and 63 schools attending the workshop. Attending the daylong workshop offered participants one continuing-education unit.

Upon welcoming participants, Carina Brossy, World View’s assistant director for curriculum at UNC-Chapel Hill, referred to UCPS as a model global school district. “We are constantly referring other school districts to what Union County is doing every day and their mission for each school year,” she said.

The workshop featured three keynote speakers; Robert Toth, president and CEO of Polypore International; Jo Luck, president of Heifer International; and Peter Brews, an associate dean of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

There were 28 breakout sessions throughout the day, including such topics as integrating global themes in an elementary and middle school classrooms, how to engage the foreign language learner, “Green and Global: Environmental Understanding Around the World,” “China Today,” “Haiti: More than Medicine,” “The Real Guide to Budget Travel for Educators,” and “Understanding the Global Financial Crisis.”

Brossy said she hoped educators walked away asking themselves two questions: “How do world issues affect my subject, and how does my subject affect world issues?”

“I hope participants will realize that global education is so much more than food, flags, famous people, festivals and the fashions (of other countries,)” she said. “There’s a lot more to global education. It’s all encompassing. It’s a great umbrella for all those 21st Century skills we’re constantly bombarded with, which are critical thinking, collaborative dialogs, competitive communication and project based learning.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Sep 02, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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