The Center for European Studies collaborates with the various organizations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and across the state of North Carolina dedicated to enhancing the teaching of international studies and foreign languages. Each year CES co-sponsors programs with the following organizations.

UNC World View

World View, established in 1998 by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helps K-12 schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges in the southeastern United States prepare students to succeed in an interconnected, diverse, and multicultural world.

World View accomplishes this mission by helping educators:

  • Develop a greater understanding of world regions, cultures, and global issues through professional learning opportunities and international travel
  • Integrate a global perspective into every subject area of the curriculum and at every grade level
  • Respond to rapid cultural and demographic changes in our classrooms and communities

World View brings together experts from across the country and organizes professional development opportunities including seminars, conferences and symposiums, online courses, and study visits abroad. These programs provide global content and best practices for integrating global education in all areas of the curriculum and at every grade level. Over the past 11 years, more than 10,000 educators (K-12 and community college teachers, librarians, and resource specialists) from schools in 98 of North Carolina’s 100 counties have participated in World View’s activities. The UNC Center for European Studies regularly works with World View to help educators bring Europe into their classrooms by participating in professional development programs including seminars, workshops, symposiums, online courses, and international study visits. Our most recent collaborative initiatives included the 2013 Spring Seminar- Europe in Crisis? Dispelling Myths About the European Union  and the 2013 Balkans Study Visit.

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LEARN NC

LEARN NC is a comprehensive resource for K-12 teaching and learning, offering both classroom materials and professional development opportunities. LEARN NC provides lesson plans that span a wide range of curriculum areas for every grade. The collection includes the best instructional plans created by North Carolina educators, as well as high-quality materials from state and national partners. Other learning materials include text and multimedia on all areas of the curriculum. Students can use them independently or as part of an in-class lesson, and teachers can use them to supplement or replace a traditional textbook. LEARN NC also provides the text of the newly reworked NC curriculum standards as a service to teachers and as a means of linking to aligned resources for instruction.

For professional development, LEARN NC lets you learn on your own from articles and multimedia best practices resources or by taking an instructor-led CEU course, all correlated to the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards. The best practices resources span simple articles to multimedia tutorials and entire books that provide teachers (and administrators) with a wide range of self-guided professional development tools. The Center for European Studies partners with LEARN NC to offer a free online course for teachers, “The European Union: An Introduction for Teachers.” The four week course offers two CEU’s and is taught a number of times throughout the year. The goal of the course is to introduce in-service teachers to the history and the function of the EU, and to digital resources and methods for student learning.  By the end of the course, teachers will understand the EU as an essential part of European history, government, economics, and culture, and will be able to facilitate learning about the EU through use of technology. The final project is a standards-based technology-rich lesson plan incorporating online EU resources for each teacher’s class. Please contact europe@unc.edu if you are interested in learning more about the course and when it will be offered next.

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Center for International Understanding

The Center for International Understanding (CIU) is part of the University of North Carolina system and serves the state by promoting awareness, expanding understanding and empowering action through global education. CIU’s programs for business, policy and education leaders aim to make North Carolina the most globally engaged state in the nation and have sent more than 8,000 North Carolinians to 47 different countries to learn from and about the world. CIU’s unique blend of international and domestic programs connect North Carolinians to international best practices to help inform policy and action in our state.

The Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill collaborates with CIU to organize and sponsor professional development and study abroad programs for educators and policy leaders to learn about the European Union and Transatlantic Relations. Collaborations include:

Programs for Educators: In June 2012 CES worked with CIU to conduct professional development programs to help educators build capacity to teach about the EU, using Denmark as a particular country case study. The program included a study trip to Denmark, where participants learned about EU policies related to renewable energy, social policy, and education. CES is currently working with CIU on a 2014 program in which educators will explore the EU from the vantage point Germany, looking especially at education policy technology innovation.

Programs for Students: CES collaborates with CIU in sponsoring partnerships between North Carolina schools and administrators and schools in Denmark. CIU has launched 30 Denmark School Partnerships between middle and high schools in North Carolina and schools in Denmark. Through these international partnerships, students have: traveled to Denmark, many of them journeying outside state for the first time; studied the EU, a strategic economic and education partner of North Carolina; mastered use of technologies like web conferencing to communicate directly with a culture very different from their own. Educators interested in developing a partnership should consult How does the Center for International Understanding Develop Denmark School Partnerships.

Programs for Policy Leaders: In Fall 2009, CES and CIU teamed together to organize and sponsor a Global Leaders Program focusing on “Energy Sustainability and Green Jobs in the EU.” The program enabled a delegation of energy and environment-focused legislators and other statewide business, foundation, and policy leaders to travel to the EU to focus on successful environmental and energy models. The program let to a report North Carolina Policy Leaders Explore Energy and Green Technology: Lessons Learned from the EU. CIU's 2011 Global Leaders Program: Learning from Finland sent a delegation of education policy makers to Finland, an international leader in education, to consider innovations strengthening education and teacher preparation in North Carolina. CES and CUI are currently organizing the 2014 Global Leaders Program: Positioning North Carolina to Compete in the Global Economy, which will send participants to Germany to examine the intersection of the dual-education training system, high-tech manufacturing, and applied research.

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North Carolina Civics Consortium

The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium (NCCEC) is a component of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Program in the Humanities & Human Values that works to extend the resources of the University to North Carolina’s K-12 educators. The consortium offers professional development programs which include access to scholars on key topics, innovative lesson plans, and interactive pedagogical training.

The Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill collaborates with NCCEC to organize and sponsor professional development programs for K-12 educators to learn about contemporary Europe and the European Union. Events, such as the Fall 2011 K-12 Workshop: The Future of Europe are designed to educate teachers about the European Union, to provide them with EU-centered curriculum that they can easily implement into their middle and high school classrooms, and to share the CES’s myriad resources for teachers. To accomplish these goals, these workshops are divided into two separate components – pedagogical training led by NCCEC and CES staff and an Adventures in Ideas scholarly seminar featuring various UNC and Duke University faculty.

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