NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: NOVEMBER 17, 2014

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North Carolina teachers and students are joining others across the country to celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 17-21. This annual event, coordinated by the U.S. departments of State and Education, recognizes the benefits of international education and exchange. North Carolina public schools offer students and teachers many opportunities to expand their horizons and learn about other nations and cultures this week as well as throughout the school year.

"Every day our students and teachers use email, Facebook, Twitter and Skype to connect with others in countries across the world," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "Thanks to technology and the many other creative and innovative global education initiatives designed and used by educators, school districts and the state, North Carolina's public schools embrace global learning, our students gain a deeper understanding of other cultures and graduate better prepared for the future."

The North Carolina State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) increased the focus on global education to prepare the state's workforce to compete better and win in the international economy. In 2011 the Board formed a Task Force on Global Education to assess the state's effort to produce "globally competitive" graduates. The Task Force's report outlines actions to strengthen global education in the state, including:

  • Developing criteria for teachers and administrators to earn specific recognition as "Global Educators." These criteria were approved last month and educators will be able to start earning the recognition this coming January;
  • Implementing a plan for statewide access to dual language/immersion opportunities in public education;
  • Developing new school models focused on international education;
  • Expanding and enhancing the NC Global Schools Network;
  • Enabling schools to earn Global-Ready designations; and
  • Working with the N.C. Department of Commerce, the State Chamber of Commerce, the N. C. Business Committee for Education and other partners to develop new and strengthen existing international relationships.

The State Board of Education has three Memorandums of Understanding with public education systems in Spain, China, and France that facilitate how North Carolina works with these countries in student and teacher exchanges, hosting joint conferences and collaborating for professional development as well as classroom projects.

For more information about global education in North Carolina, visit DPI's Global Education website or contact Helga Fasciano, Special Assistant for Global Education, at or 919.807.3864.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.