We make “the other side of the world” a lot closer

image of Chinese teacher leaning over to a student somethingAs 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 North Carolina, the United States, and the rest of the world.China Programs 2

Chinese is the fastest growing language in North Carolina – in 2010, there were just over 300 K-12 students studying Chinese language in our state compared to nearly 12,000 now, thanks in large part to Go Global NC’s Confucius Classroom Collaborative. During the 2017-18 academic year, our 23 Chinese guest teachers provide Chinese language and culture instruction in school across 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 N.C. schools for up to three years to help jump start the study of Chinese, the most widely spoken language in the world.

Schools that offer Chinese language may wish to apply to be a Confucius Classroom. These schools will receive an additional $10,000 in subsidies per year over three years, which can be used for materials and professional development related to Chinese language and partnership program. Go Global NC currently maintains relationships with 34 Confucius Classrooms in 11 partner districts, including one charter school and NCSSM that is part of the UNC System.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 Chinese Guest Teachers of North Carolina Program, led by The College Board. Go Global NC coordinates the Chinese Guest Teacher Program in North Carolina, including teacher professional development.

Go Global NC has welcomed a team of guest teachers from China every year since 2010 in partnership with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the College Board, and Hanban, an organization affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. The Chinese Guest Teachers of North Carolina provide authentic Chinese language instruction in North Carolina schools, and ten school districts have participated in this program. Chinese guest teachers can stay in North Carolina schools for up to three years with a possible extension to a total of five years. Go Global NC sponsors and coordinates North Carolina teacher certification applications and renewals of these guest teachers. Each guest teacher receives professional and cultural support from Go Global NC via classroom observations and regional group meetings. More information about the Chinese Guest Teacher Program is at The College Board and, in North Carolina, questions can be sent to Go Global NC’s June Chen, Associate Director, World Language Programs, at jchen@northcarolina.edu

About Chinese Guest Teachers Program

The nationwide Chinese Guest Teachers program is not-for-profit and partially subsidizes guest teachers’ salaries. The guest teachers coming through this program are qualified, experienced teachers from China, who, after a rigorous selection and training process, serve as full-time Chinese language instructors in U.S. schools. While teaching in U.S. schools, the positions for guest teachers are held in their home schools in China, which is a great advantage for U.S. schools to establish exchange programs.

Click here to download more information about the Chinese Guest Teachers of North Carolina program.

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.
The YCT/HSK/HSKK tests are internationally recognized and approved by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as external exams for Global Languages Endorsement on diplomas. For more information, click here.
Go Global NC maintains a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jiangsu Provincial 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.