NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: NOVEMBER 5, 2015


Piedmont Middle School (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools) today was designated as a Global-Ready School by the State Board of Education, the first school to receive such a designation under the Board's Global Education Strategic Plan.

Piedmont Middle was designated for attaining the "Prepared" level of achievement in the Global Schools initiative. Schools can receive the Global-Ready School Designation for attaining the Prepared or Model level of achievement on the Board's criteria and meeting student achievement goals. Schools that are engaged in implementing global education strategies toward designation also can receive an Acknowledgement and become part of the state networking around this initiative.

Piedmont Middle's Principal Jacqueline Barone made a brief presentation about the school's focus on global readiness at today's State Board of Education meeting, and the Board presented her with a plaque and banner for the school to use in publicizing its new designation.

In addition to the Global-Ready Schools recognition materials, the World Affairs Council of Charlotte has reached out to the school and is providing:

  • a one-year complimentary Education Membership;
  • the opportunity to have the school featured on its website; and
  • the opportunity to receive passes for students and teachers to attend global programs and events of interest to the school.

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated Piedmont Middle saying, "Today's students will compete with and collaborate with others across the nation and across the globe in the modern economy. It is exciting to congratulate North Carolina's first recognized global education ready school, and I look forward to other schools following Piedmont Middle's example."

In September 2011, the North Carolina State Board of Education formed a Task Force on Global Education to assess the state's effort to produce globally competitive graduates ready to live, work and contribute in an interconnected world. The work of this group resulted in the creation of criteria and a process for the Global-Ready Schools and Districts Designation. The Global-Ready Designation for schools and districts provides a process and incentives to address:

  • K-12 world language opportunities for all students; pathways for teachers, leaders and administrators to achieve SBE-recognized badging;
  • career-ready employer requirements;
  • global school partnerships; and
  • local school board resolutions and plans on global education.

For more information about the Global Education initiative, please visit the NC Global Education website.

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.