Mission: The council promotes the center for international understanding whose mission is to serve north carolina 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.
Programs: K-12 outreach:professional development for educators to cuba. The cuba professional development program took 35 teachers to cuba to learn more about the historical, political, environmental, and socio- cultural dimensions of scientific and technological innovation in past and present-day cuba; to explore global challenges with implications for both north carolina and cuba; and to use technology to collaborate with other program participants on ways to implement global perspectives and technology into the classroom. The participants in the program were all award-winning teachers and were supported by the teacher awards that the council has raised from various foundations and groups of individuals. The program provided professional development for k-12 educators that allowed them to meet, learn from, and collaborate with colleagues and experts in india to explore global challenges with implications for both north carolina and cuba. Additionally participants collaborated to explore ways to utilize technology to incorporate global experiences into the classroom to increase student understanding of india and the world. The program included an orientation workshop in nc; study in cuba; a follow-up seminar in nc and a workshop to enhance global education to be held in august 2015.
global leaders to india 2014 study program: the council supported a program to india for nc policy leaders that focused on economic development particularly in information technology, public-private partnerships, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Eighteen business and policy leaders participated in the program which included an orientation workshop, study in india and a follow-up workshop to determine lessons learned and implications for nc.
confucius classrooms: the council provided a grant to the center for international understanding (ciu) that supported k-12 work, specifically through partial support of salaries of staff involved in the confucius classrooms program. Ciu coordinated and supported the placement of 25 chinese guest teachers who taught mandarin in nc schools during the 2014- 2015 school year, including conducting 75 classroom observations and coordinating 4 professional development workshops. Ciu also recruited 8 new schools into the confucius classrooms program, bringing the total number to 43. Additionally, ciu co-led a delegation of nc officials to jiangsu province and hosted a delegation of jiangsu province media and education officials in nc.
professional development for educators to germany. The germany professional development program took 32 teachers to germany in june 2014 to explore germany's history, culture and education; learn about technological innovation, particularly in renewable energy and sustainable development practices; and to collaborate with other program participants to implement global perspectives and technology into the classroom. The participants in the program were all award-winning teachers and were supported by the teacher awards that the council has raised from various foundations and groups of individuals. The program included an orientation workshop in nc; study in germany; and a follow-up seminar in nc which was be held in september 2014.