Go Global NC led a delegation of North Carolina educators to the 12th annual Confucius Institute conference in Xi’an, China from Dec.11 – 13. The 2017 theme was, “Working Together to Build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind through Cooperation and Innovation.”
The conference offered 15 individual forums conducted by world languages experts and focused building skills and knowledge, including program performance management, innovative teaching and resources, building the capacity of teachers, creative cultural programs, the value of Chinese language proficiency testing (HSK and YCT) and more. Special exhibits also delivered Chinese language teaching resources and materials and information about higher education in China and the ongoing cultural evolution of the country.
A highlight of the conference for North Carolina was witnessing the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) receive the Confucius Classroom of the Year Award. NCSSM was one of only five schools worldwide to receive the award, which is based on but not limited to the quality of teaching and learning, curriculum, cultural richness and community outreach and involvement as well as extracurricular activities. [Click here for press release if NCSSM delivers one before distribution date.]
The North Carolina delegation joined nearly 2,500 conference attendees that included university presidents and representatives and Confucius Institute experts from over 140 countries and regions.
(L-R) June Chen – associate director, world language programs, and Nick Rau – director, education and training, both of Go Global NC coordinated the delegation that included Alison Moore- principal, Cox Mill Elementary School; Olivia Oxendine – NC State Board of Education member; Cheri Boone – Instructional Services Department, Buncombe County Schools; Erin Anderson – principal, Harrisburg Elementary School and Hong Li- Instructor of Chinese, North Carolina School of Science and Math. The attendees were guests of and sponsored by Hanban (the Office of Chinese Language Council International) at the annual event, which is designed provide educators and administrators with the opportunity to continue to building their world language teaching skills.
Chinese is the fastest growing language studied in North Carolina, increasing from 350 to over 12,000 K-12 students studying Chinese language since 2010, primarily driven by Go Global NC’s Confucius Classroom network.* The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction reports Chinese is the third most studied foreign language in the state.
Photo: Wheatmore High School
Learning and showing proficiency in more than one language provides an opportunity for students to stand out from the crowd in a global world where employers and educational institutions pay attention to language skills when recruiting. Job postings seeking bilingual employees more than doubled between 2010 and 2015, and Chinese language proficiency was one of the top three languages sought**
Go Global NC’s June Chen – associate director, world language programs – with the support of Rachel Rosenbaum – program coordinator, education and training – and in collaboration with Hanban (the Office of Chinese Language Council International), help North Carolina students recognize their proficiency in Chinese language by offering two specialized tests launched by Hanban: HSK (Hànyŭ Shuĭpíng Kăoshì) Chinese Proficiency Test and YCT (Youth Chinese Test).
Photo: Polk High School
Both tests help non-native Chinese speakers see their progress in learning Chinese language and their gauge their ability to use their language skills in their daily, academic, or professional lives. Official HSK credentials for Chinese language ability may help secure employment or help students test out of college courses. The YCT is also an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency but is designed for primary and middle school and measures proficiency at a lower level than HSK. As students continue to study Chinese, they may measure their proficiency by taking the HSK.
Go Global NC has successfully administered nearly 600 HSK/YCT tests to students in its Confucius Classroom network in the past two years, with plans to increase the number of students taking this proficiency exam in the future.
Go Global NC Newsletter – December 2017 Please scroll down to view all stories.
It is my privilege and pleasure to look back 2017 and thank you – Go Global NC’s partners, private individual and foundation donors, in-kind contributors, leaders, board, alumni, staff and other friends. The entire Go Global NC team and I are grateful for your support:
Your support is the reason we are able to continue connecting North Carolina and the world. As you see “By the Numbers” below, there is good reason to be proud of what you helped the Go Global NC staff accomplish:
I invite you to read about some of the year’s highlights that show how effectively we impact North Carolinians across the State. Please know that while we receive a small amount of support from UNC, it is your contributions make the real, lasting impact in allowing us to serve and broadly impact North Carolinians. It matters and makes a difference
Rick Van Sant
Executive Director, Go Global NC
Global Teachers Connecting North Carolina Classrooms to Germany
Go Global NC worked with 28 K- 12 teachers from across North Carolina to introduce them to culture and classrooms in Germany. Their Global Teachers – Germany 2017 program began with a comprehensive orientation session, followed by in-country experiential learning and a post-travel action plan workshop.
The 28-member delegation was in Germany for only nine days, but the education they received will last a lifetime. One of the teachers, Angel Ledbetter, said, “Forty hours ago, I had never left the happy confines of the United States. Now I am looking at the sun setting over the buildings of Berlin…the past 40 hours have shown me the world is to be experienced. I still have so much to see and bring back to my little corner of the world!”
Visit our Global Teachers – Germany 2017 site to a compilation of photos and social media provided by the teachers during their travel, reflections on how their experience in Germany changed them, and what they’re bringing back to their North Carolina students.
Global Teachers programs build the capacity of teachers to help their students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to successfully navigate an interconnected world.
Chinese Guest Teachers Connecting North Carolina Students to the Other Side of the World
Twenty-three Chinese Guest Teachers are enriching the learning experience of K-12 students and their communities across North Carolina during the 2017-2018 school year. Go Global NC’s Chinese Guest Teachers program helps introduce authentic lessons about Chinese culture, history and language to prepare rural and urban students to live and succeed in a global economy.
The teachers received a warm North Carolina welcome during their orientation in July. During the five-day orientation program led by Go Global NC’s June Chen, associate director of world language programs, and Tom Martineau, associate director for training and education, the guest teachers – who are already certified, experienced teachers in China – learned about North Carolina’s educational system and were certified to teach in schools across the state.
The Chinese Guest Teachers also had an opportunity to enjoy themselves during tours of the UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke campuses, including the Duke Lemur Center, and meeting and having dinner with members of the Chinese-American Association.
China Programs include Guest Teachers and Confucius Classrooms, the Global Partnership Initiative, Chinese Bridge Delegations, HSK/YCT language testing and supporting the relationship between North Carolina and the Jiangsu Province Department of Education. Click here to learn more.
North Carolina Law Enforcement Enhancing Community Engagement
Seventeen officers from Durham, Charlotte, Orange County and Wilmington participated in a Go Global NC Latino Initiative program in 2017 that was specialized for law enforcement professionals. Latino Initiative – Law Enforcement 2017 began with a comprehensive orientation prior to the experiential learning portion of the program in Mexico in September 2017 and then followed up with a workshop after returning to North Carolina to share ideas and transform their learning into action. Click here to learn how the 2017 delegation of officers plan to better engage with Latino neighbors in their communities.
Latino Initiative programs are unique in the nation, connecting North Carolina government and community leaders to develop a better understanding of their Latino neighbors. The program develops relationships and strategies that positively integrate the Latino population into the fabric of their new North Carolina communities.
Assisting North Carolina Leaders and Educators in Stronger Partnerships
Go Global NC staff members assisted the Secretary of State’s Office and Rep. David Price to develop the itinerary and present to a delegation of English teachers from Moldova in October 2017, including events at NCSU and the Center for European Studies at UNC – Chapel.
Since 1999, North Carolina and the Republic of Moldova have been partners across multiple sectors including civil emergency operations, trade, cultural exchanges, and coordination of humanitarian efforts. Most people in North Carolina probably aren’t aware of the long-lasting relationship. North Carolina’s Secretary of State Elaine Marshall shares more about the history of the efforts and the good it has done for both the state and Moldova. Watch the video and learn more about the partnership.
Benchmarking North Carolina’s Engagement with the World
North Carolina’s Global Engagement Snapshot, a robust online dashboard that includes over 16,000 data points to quantify North Carolina’s engagement with the world across all sectors, was updated and enhanced in September 2017. “The Snapshot” is a useful tool for state agencies, policy leaders, business leaders, teachers or anyone who needs reliable data that illustrates North Carolina’s engagement and connectivity with the rest of world.
Benchmarking the data found in the Snapshot is intended to add to the conversation about how global opportunities contribute to economic well-being and quality of life of all North Carolinians. The Snapshot was created and is managed by Go Global NC and a team of students from Elon Center for Organizational Analytics.
The Snapshot was inspired by the N.C. Coalition for Global Competitiveness, chaired by former N.C. Secretary of Commerce Jim Fain and coordinated by Go Global NC, to focus on making North Carolina the most globally engaged state in the nation. The Coalition is the first in the nation to develop a shared vision (North Carolina’s Blueprint for Global Engagement – 2015), tangible metrics (North Carolina’s Global Engagement Snapshot – 2016) and collective leadership to move the needle for global engagement in NC.
Global Leaders Unlocking North Carolina’s Human Potential
Go Global NC held its first Global Leaders Forum, titled “Unlocking North Carolina’s Human Potential,” in March 2017 at the SAS Executive Briefing Center. The event explored the economic benefits of family-friendly policies to companies and North Carolina. Participants learned from keynote speakers representing two major Triangle companies and a panel from small and medium-sized businesses discussing the challenges and rewards of programs in their companies and the importance of keeping women engaged in the workforce. For a recap of the event, click here.
Global Leaders programs for business, community and policy leaders are focused on international business, trade, and education opportunities for North Carolina in areas of strategic importance, such as life sciences and biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and workforce development.
North Carolina has one of the largest state Confucius Classrooms networks in the country with 41 classrooms in 14 partner districts across the state.
What is a Confucius Classroom?
It’s an opportunity for schools that teach Chinese language to partner with Go Global NC for materials and professional development that will enhance the education of North Carolina students. Confucius Classrooms funding also covers community outreach at each school and supports study abroad opportunities in China. Thanks to the program and the Chinese Guest Teacher program, the number of K-12 students in North Carolina studying Chinese has risen from 300 to over 13,000 students in the last few years.
Cumberland County, one of our partner districts, recently celebrated the Chinese New Year at Seventy-First High School. Students and their families were invited to share Chinese food, make Chinese arts and crafts, and watch performances of Chinese music and dance.
In the video below, Seventy-First High School principal Myron Williams shares with Go Global NC why Chinese language instruction is important to Cumberland County.