Go Global NC staff members are dedicated to the importance of strong partnerships as professionals and members of our communities. We appreciate the generous support and resources we receive from our sponsors, donors, board, peer nonprofit organizations, educational and professional associations, individuals and more. We are also pleased to serve these partners when we are called upon to share our talent and expertise.
June Chen – associate director, world language programs – is membership chair on the board of directors for the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) and is a member of the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of N.C. During the first half of the 2017-2018 school year, June offered her expertise by presenting concurrent sessions to world language educators from North Carolina at the annual FLANC conference held in Durham, N.C. in October, which had nearly 600 attendees, and to language educators from across the country at the ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo held in Nashville in November, which had more than 7,000 attendees. June’s topic, “Teach for Global Competence in World Language Classes,” taught teachers to define and recognize the importance of developing students’ global competence. June provided instructional strategies and activities, lesson plans, toolkits, resources, and examples to provide teachers with a solid foundation to develop global competence in their classrooms.
June is a language educator with years of experience teaching varying age groups, cultural backgrounds, and language proficiency levels in multiple countries and holds a North Carolina Teacher’s Standard Professional license.
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.
Students at Cary’s Clubhouse at Bright Horizons hosted students from Daejeon, South Korea’s GLE Academy. During the visit, the students exchanged information about their cultures and food. Bright Horizons hopes to continue and expand this type of exchange. Click here to read the full article.
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.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While Law enforcement officers around the country are under scrutiny for policing tactics, 24 men and women in blue from Mecklenburg and Union counties recently traveled to Mexico to gain a better understanding of the Latino communities they police here at home.
The goal of the program was to improve the officers’ cultural understanding by providing insight into the background and traditions of thousands of Latinos and Hispanics living in the state. Major Sherrie Pearsall of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the experience will shape her approach forever.
“It hit so close to home, and we had our debrief and I think everybody in the room cried,” Pearsall said. “When you see other people, it is hard to misunderstand people once you sit at the dinner table.”
Pearsall and her colleagues will spend the next month sharing what they learned with fellow officers. The program – sponsored by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Foundation for the Carolinas, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and coordinated by Go Global NC – started in 1998; but this was the first year the trip was focused on community policing.
According to the U.S. Census, North Carolina has one of the nation’s fastest-growing Latino populations, and more than half are from Mexico.
Lorena Patterson, program director for the Go Global NC Latino Initiative, said the program’s benefits extend far beyond those who go on the trip.
“If you have the leadership in place with this understanding, and then you get the officers that have direct contact with the community on the same level of understanding, there’s got to be a way that they can work better for their communities,” Patterson said.
Corporal Freddy Karban with the Mint Hill Police Department said he hopes the program expands to include more of his colleagues.
“Having that cultural experience and understand where they’re coming from and how to build those relationships,” Karban said, “I feel like if every officer had the chance to experience this, the possibilities are limitless.”
Officers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Union County, Matthews, Monroe, Davidson, Pineville, Huntersville and Mint Hill were on this year’s trip. Go Global NC is looking at ways to expand the program.