NEWS RELEASES 2016-17 :: November 10, 2016

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The State Board of Education recently recognized a Union County Schools’ elementary teacher and six public schools from across the state for their commitment to global education under the State Board’s Global Education Strategic Plan.

Rocky River Elementary (Union County Schools) teacher Brenda Todd is the first North Carolina public school educator to complete the Global Educator Digital Badge requirements. Educators pursuing this badge must complete 100 hours of global education professional development in alignment with their annual professional development goals/strategies and a Capstone Project within two years. In completing the Capstone Project, Todd demonstrated her global competence by using the standards in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study to develop her students’ capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.

State Board members also recognized six public schools for pursuing Global-Education Ready status. Two schools applied for Acknowledgement and are beginning to implement the strategies outlined in the State Board Global-Ready School criteria to move toward full Designation. Carolina International K-12 Charter School (Concord) and Glenn Alpine Elementary (Burke County Schools) received their Acknowledgement letter earlier this year and were recognized at the State Board meeting for their participation.

Four public schools achieved full Designation and were present at the State Board meeting for official recognition. Schools that apply for full Designation must be at the “Prepared” or “Model” level and also meet rigorous student achievement requirements.

Three schools met the Prepared level requirements:
* East Mecklenburg High (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools);
* Harrisburg Elementary (Cabarrus County Schools); and
* Harris Road Middle (Cabarrus County Schools).

These schools have effectively implemented systems and processes to support global readiness. Many components of global education are embedded school-wide and are showing positive impact on students.

Carolina Forest International Elementary (Onslow County Schools) is the first school to meet the Model level requirements, which means that the school consistently implements systems and processes to support global readiness. Global readiness is embedded in the school’s culture and practices and has shown high-level student impact.

Schools achieving full Designation received a plaque and banner to use in publicizing their accomplishment.

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated all the recipients on their pursuit of global excellence. “We constantly talk about the need to ensure students graduate prepared to succeed in a global economy. These schools are doing more than talking, they are acting to ensure that their students have the skills to be competitive here and abroad.”

It is the State Board of Education’s vision to assure that “every public school student will graduate ready for post-secondary education and work, prepared to be a globally engaged and productive citizen.”

In January 2013, the State Board accepted its Task Force on Global Education Final Report that outlines the strategic plan to realize that vision. In 2014 and 2015, the Board took action to provide statewide infrastructure that supports and guides educators in a common vision for global education in North Carolina Public Schools and designated recognition for educators, schools and districts that demonstrate significant focus and dedication in preparing students to be globally engaged and productive citizens.

Participation in the designation requirements for educators, schools or districts is voluntary. For more information about the State Board of Education’s Global Education initiative, please visit the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s 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.