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Support for Educators in the Field

WCE Faculty, Students Participate in World View Program

Friday, September 01, 2017

UNC World View kicked off the school year with a Partner’s Program held in partnership with Onslow County Schools. Nearly 900 educators attended the full-day professional development event designed to support global education efforts in K-12 schools. The event was held Aug. 22 at Northside High School.

The day began with comments from Mark Johnson, state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Phaedra Boinodiris, senior lead for IBM’s new EdTech program and William M. Ferriter, a sixth grade science teacher in a professional learning community near Raleigh were keynote speakers.

WCE faculty members Susan Catapano, Elizabeth Crawford, and Donna DeGennaro were presenters at the event.

Catapano’s presentation was titled “Supporting New Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families.” She shared research and tips for supporting students and families as they navigate the PreK-12 system. Also included were strategies for helping children adjust to life in a new country, ideas for things beyond the classroom to consider and discussion about promising practices. Catapano is professor and international coordinator at the Watson College.

Crawford’s presentation was titled “Conscientious Consumerism: A UN Sustainable Development Goals Unit for Elementary Learners.” In a session designed to help teachers engage children in learning and caring about complex, interconnected issues, she shared information on the design and field testing of a curriculum project on consumerism between elementary classrooms located in North Carolina, Texas, Abu Dhabi and Finland. The project investigates with children the production cycle and true cost of everyday goods, from smartphones to fast food and fast fashion. Crawford is associate professor of Elementary Education at the Watson College.

DeGennaro’s presentation was titled “Unlocking Silent Histories: Critical and Creative Expression by Indigenous Youth in Guatemala.” Unlocking Silent Histories is a global nonprofit that employs an innovative pedagogical model to strategically address the complex and interrelated disparities among education, technology and leadership access in indigenous communities. During the session DeGennaro shared how USH originated and how the USH learning model facilitates youth-directed learning and leadership. DeGennaro is a faculty member in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership and founder/director of Unlocking Silent Histories.

MAT students Kelly Ventrola and Martina Croom-Schoefberger also attended the World View program.

Media Coverage of the Event

Jacksonville Daily News, Aug 22, Conference gives educators a ‘World View’

WNCT Aug. 22, Educators attend World View program to bring global issues into the classroom

WITN, Aug. 22, State Superintendent speaks to hundreds of educators in Jacksonville