We make “the other side of the world” a lot closer
As globalization plays an increasing role in North Carolina, our students need to have global skills and knowledge in order to work and be successful in a constantly changing global society. As they pursue the State Board of Education’s mission - that every public school student will graduate from high school globally competitive for work and post-secondary education and prepared for life in the 21st century – North Carolina students will require programs that enable them to learn other languages and engage with people from other cultures.
With China’s emergence as world economic powerhouse and strong Chinese business presence in North Carolina, students who study Chinese culture, language, and history will be in a stronger position and able to take advantage of global opportunities within NC, the United States, and the rest of the world. Chinese is the fastest growing language in North Carolina – five years ago, there were just over 300 K-12 students studying Chinese language in our state. As of the 2012-13 academic year that number is over 7,500, thanks in large part to Go Global NC’s Confucius Classroom Collaborative.
During the 2015-16 academic year, our 33 Chinese guest teachers provide Chinese language and culture instruction in 41 schools throughout the state. These teachers are all licensed by the State of North Carolina and are employed by the school districts in which they work. Our Chinese guest teachers can stay in NC schools for up to three years to help jump start the study of Chinese, the most widely spoken language in the world.
The North Carolina Confucius Classrooms Collaborative is a network of K-12 schools and other educational organizations dedicated to improving Chinese language instruction and bi-national partnership opportunities. A major component of the effort is the Guest Teacher Program, led by The College Board. Go Global NC (formerly Center for International Understanding) coordinates the Chinese Guest Teacher Program in North Carolina, including teacher professional development.
Schools selected to host a Chinese Guest Teacher play an active role helping their guest teachers acclimate to their new environment and succeed in North Carolina classrooms. Host schools commit to the following:
- Provide a yearly, partially-subsidized salary to a Chinese Guest Teacher
- Provide one classroom dedicated to Chinese Language instruction
- Coordinate some basic needs for the teacher
- Help in finding housing (including utilities, etc.), as well as free temporary housing for one month upon the teacher’s arrival
- Help in determining personal transportation and other living arrangements
- Assign another teacher or administrator as a mentor, who can offer advice on instructional strategies, classroom management, and school / district policies and procedures.
Chinese Bridge Delegations: The Chinese Bridge Delegation is a week long program in China to help educators start or strengthen their institution’s Chinese programs and partnerships. College Board sponsors this program. Since 2010, more than 100 North Carolina teachers and administrators have traveled with Go Global NC on the annual Chinese Bridge Delegation journeys to build relationships and lay the groundwork for meaningful school partnerships. For more information, click here.
Jiangsu Province Department of Education Relationship: Go Global NC maintains a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jiangsu Providential Department of Education (JPDE) to support North Carolina-China partnerships and exchanges. Dozens of NC schools currently maintain school or classroom partnerships with schools in China. Every other year JPDE hosts the Jiangsu International Principal Forum, an international forum for school principals focused on international education and collaboration. Go Global NC presented at this forum in 2014. In 2015, JPDE sponsored Discover Jiangsu – International Youth Leaders to China, a youth study program for students from all over the world. Eight students from our Confucius Classroom in Mount Airy City Schools participated in this life-changing experience.