Mission: The council supports and promotes the work of go global nc. The mission of go global nc is connecting north carolina and the world through programs designed to build the capacity of policy leaders, educators, students, and business and community leaders to enable north carolina to succeed in a global economy and increasingly interdependent world.
Programs: 4a china programs: the council supported the work of the china programs. Highlights of the programs include: supporting 28 guest teachers teaching mandarin chinese in 41 classrooms in north carolina, resulting in 10,820 students learning chinese during the 2016-17 academic year; supporting the personal and profession acclimation of the guest teachers to north carolina through workshops, classroom observations and feedback, and general support; offering yct/hsk proficiency testing to students taking mandarin chinese (approximately 159 students took advantage of this opportunity in one semester); leading a delegation of seven north carolina educators on an educational program in china; and leading a delegation of two state board members to china to participate in an international conference on teaching chinese language.
latino initiative: the council supports the work of the latino initiative program which connects north carolina government and community leaders through developing relationships and strategies to positively integrate the latino community into the fabric of their new north carolina communities. In fall 2016, twenty-four law enforcement officers from mecklenburg and union counties traveled to mexico to gain a better understanding of mexican history, culture, law enforcement, and the push-pull factors of immigration that impact their latin/hispanic constituents in nc. The delegation experienced both urban and rural mexico and made connections with their law enforcement counterparts in mexico, returning with ideas for improving community relations at home. Additionally, a delegation of ten latino initiative alumni traveled to cuba in the spring of 2016 to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and history of cuba; learn about the role and impact of entrepreneurship in cuba; and to explore similarities and differences between urban and rural areas. Both programs included an orientation; a seven day program in-country; a follow-up workshop; and implementation of a project in the community at home.
global teachers: the council supported the work of go global nc in implementing two professional development programs for educators in the 2016-17 fiscal year. Twenty-eight educators traveled to germany in june 2017, participating in a professional development program designed to help participants learn more about germany's history, culture and education system; explore scientific and technological innovations in advanced manufacturing and renewable energy; learn more about germany's response to refugee and economic migration; and to collaborate with each other to implement learnings into the classroom. The participants we award-winning teachers supported by teacher awards that the council raised from various foundations, organizations, and individuals. Additionally, thirteen educators and educator alumni traveled to morocco in july 2017 to learn more about morocco's history, culture, and education system; shared global challenges; and to collaborate with each other to implement lessons learned in the classroom. Both programs included an orientation in north carolina, a 10-14 day program in the target country; and a follow-up workshop to reflect on lessons learned and share curriculum units/projects designed to share learnings with students.
other accomplishments - global leaders: in spring 2017, the council supported two events related to the global leaders program: 1) a forum "unlocking north carolina's human potential: attracting a globally- competitive workforce- and 2) a foreign policy series lunch and learn "refugees and north carolina". The forum was designed as a precursor to the planned fall 2018 global leaders program to germany focused on the same issue. The foreign policy lunch and learn was the first in a series of quarterly events to bring speakers on foreign policy issues of interest to north carolinians to a north carolina audience in a more informal setting.