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N.C. State Board of Education Global Education Commitments How the N.C. Dept. of Public Instruction Will Meet These Commitments
Making global education a priority means making teacher preparation and development a priority. To be effective in the global marketplace, teachers need to embody the global awareness, competence and engagement we seek to develop in our graduates.

Robust and Cutting-edge Teacher Support and Tools:

  • Develop content so global themes and problem-based learning flow throughout the curriculum. 

  • Implement a State Board of Education-recognized certification process in global professional development for teachers and administrators 

  • Require teacher preparation institutions to train future teacher to use global content

Compared to the rest of the world where multi-lingualism is the norm for all students, North Carolina students are not as globally ready.

Literacy, in any language, is best-learned young. Elementary World Language enrollment needs expansion, including dual language/ immersion programs. Students in dual language/immersion programs, when all else is equal, perform better in all subjects, and gain enhanced and critical skills such as creativity, perseverance and thinking “out of the box.”

Leading-edge Language Instruction

  • Develop statewide access to dual language/immersion opportunities beginning in elementary school and continuing through high school. 

  • Partner with institutions of higher education to increase the number of skilled K-12 World Language teachers. 

  • Broaden high school World Language courses to include the study of international affairs and the economies, societies and cultures of other nations along with practical survival language skills.
We must fully tap the potential of digital learning and public-private partnerships to help bring global initiatives to scale. Moving forward requires a comprehensive approach that embraces on-line learning and deploys multiple strategies, including themed schools, dual language/ immersion programs and experiential learning while using policies and structures that promote and support statewide progress.

New School Models

  • Develop new school models focused on international education that include: an internationally-themed residential high school; preferences for international themes in the charter school approval; transformation models for low-performing schools; virtual schools-within-a-school and, regional dual language/immersion schools. 

  • Partner with businesses, non-profits and other non-governmental entities to aid school districts with implementation
Make global perspectives a part of the daily fabric of educators and students experience in school. Building networks of schools, districts, higher education institutions, third-party providers, and the business and governmental communities is critical to ensuring strong practice and innovative ideas go beyond the schools and communities in which they originate and make an impact on students across North Carolina.

District Networking and Recognition

  • Expand the NC Global Schools Network to support district implementation of global content, teacher development, cutting-edge language instruction, and new school models. 

  • Establish a Global-Ready designation for schools and districts that provide a process and incentives for K-12 second language opportunities for all students, pathways for teachers to achieve SBE-recognized certification, career-ready employer requirements and more. 

  • Collect and share lessons learned on international education. 

North Carolina's economy is globally connected, from economic investment and employment to trade. A key drawing card for business operating in North Carolina is the availability of globally competent workers. Maintaining and increasing our economic prosperity requires our state to be more skillful, globally engaged and ready to take on the rapidly evolving global economy. Orienting our K-12 education policy towards the global economic challenge is a necessity, not an option, to secure our future.

Strategic International Relationships

  • Work with the NC Department of Commerce, businesses and other partners to: renew existing and develop new agreements with international partners and; identify other priority nations for international relationships 

  • Name partner countries to be priority sources of information about skill requirements, K-12 curriculum and teacher professional development, as well as focus for educator exchanges and visits


For more information about North Carolina’s global education initiatives, contact:

Global Education
NC Department of Public Instruction
6341 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6341
Email: Global Education: Phone, 919.807.3864