Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is one of the first two districts in the state to receive the Global-Ready District designation, which is awarded for ensuring that students are prepared to be globally engaged and productive citizens. CMS and Onslow County are the first two districts in the state to be so designated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
The designation, which was created after the 2013 release of "Preparing Students for the World: Final Report of the State Board of Education's Task Force on Global Education," is based on 10 attributes identified by DPI as essential for effective global education. Districts which apply for the designation must complete a rigorous, comprehensive report on how they meet the global standards.
"We are very proud to be a Global-Ready District," said Superintendent Ann Clark. "This designation recognizes our longstanding commitment to preparing our students for success in a diverse, globally linked workplace and world. That commitment is expressed in our curriculum and focus on teaching world languages, cultural knowledge and sensitivity, and how to succeed in a 21st-century workplace."
The designation follows earlier recognitions of global readiness of individual schools. Piedmont IB Middle was the first Global Ready School in the state and East Mecklenburg High was the first Global Ready High School.
The designation scores districts' global readiness at four levels: early, developing, prepared and model. Only districts earning the prepared or model designation are declared Global-Ready Districts. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools received the prepared designation, described by DPI as meaning that the district effectively supports global readiness with systems and structures, and has embedded practices that positively affect students.
"One of the benefits of pursuing this designation is that it helps us prepare our next steps to become even stronger in global preparation," Clark said. "We are already beginning to strengthen and improve our programs and practices so that we can move to the top-level designation as a model district. The rigorous evaluation by DPI has helped us identify opportunities for improvement, as well as areas already successful."
The designation is effective for three years. At the end of that time, districts can apply again.
Representatives from CMS and Onslow County were recognized during the State Board of Education meeting Feb. 1 in Raleigh.
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