Go Global NC supported a delegation of North Carolina educational leaders who were invited to China from November 3-11 to attend the “2017 Chinese Bridge Delegation,” an event designed to help American and Chinese educators “create a bridge” to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese language, culture, and education. The annual gathering is sponsored by Hanban (the Office of Chinese Language Council International) in partnership with the College Board, a U.S. mission-driven nonprofit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.
During their visit to Sichuan province, China, Go Global NC representatives Tom Martineau – associate director, education and training – and Rachel Rosenbaum – program coordinator, education and training – were among nearly 200 educational administrators and principals representing 28 United States and the District of Columbia. They were welcomed with a ceremony in Beijing followed by presentations from well-known scholars about best practices and resources to build and support Chinese language and culture programs in the classroom. Attendees visited Chinese K–12 schools and universities in different provinces, met with Chinese educators and observed classes to establish partnerships with Chinese schools and network with colleagues. They also experienced the sights of China firsthand, with a focus on the contrast between its rich traditional culture and modern development.
The North Carolina delegation was also hosted by the Sichuan Department of Education in Sichuan province, where they visited schools in and around the provincial capital of Chengdu, creating the potential for new programs.
Click below to see a short video of activities Rachel captured while at the Bridge Delegation.
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.
Wayne McDevitt, one of Go Global NC’s valued board members, is a recipient of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) 2017 Distinguished Service Award. This national award honors current and former state board members who have made exceptional contributions to education. It is given to only three outstanding leaders each year and is the highest award that NASBE can bestow on a state board of education member.
“Wayne is a tireless advocate for excellence in the education of the children of North Carolina. As a member of our board, he not only brings the voice of education to Go Global NC but also carries the incredibly important global education perspective to the State Board of Education,” said Rick Van Sant, executive director of Go Global NC. “He is a dedicated advocate for North Carolina teachers and leaders to ensure they have the advantage of participating in Go Global NC educational programs, which allow them to directly experience other cultures to prepare themselves and their students for success in a global world and economy.”
Please join the entire Go Global NC staff in thanking Wayne for all he does for the North Carolina Board of Education and for Go Global NC. We’re fortunate to have his advocacy and experience on our team!
Day eight started with a sobering tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Located outside of Munich, Dachau was the first concentration camp opened in Germany and was intended for political prisoners. The classification of prisoners changed in 1935 as new groups, including LGBT individuals and immigrants, were sent to the camp. The camp was liberated on April 29, 1945 and opened as a memorial site in 1965. Approximately 800,000 visit the memorial site each year. The Global Teachers delegation found the visit “powerful and emotionally challenging” and unforgettable.
Shane Dagenhart looked at the experience through a history teacher’s lens.
As a history teacher I always try and bring the past to life. I always try and put myself back into historical situations to have a better understanding of the events to help teach my kids. As I did that today, my heart broke. There were moments that I didn’t want to look back at this history. How could human beings do this to others?
North Buncombe High School teacher Ben Graham reflects on the emotions of not only traveling to Dachau with Global Teachers, but the feelings of traveling over all that he wants to bring back to his students.