Training global teachers
How do you become a global teacher? Teachers at the Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis can answer that question. This school year, Marie G. Davis will offer North Carolina’s first Middle Eastern Social Studies curriculum.

To help prepare for the new curriculum, Marie G. Davis teachers were engaged in World View, an international program offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Aug. 17. It is offered to K-12 educators and colleges to prepare students to succeed in an interconnected, diverse and multicultural world.  

In 2009, the school received a federal grant for nearly $600,000 to develop the Arabic language and cultural program. The program has been in place for three years. The grant ended on June 30, but the school is continuing to offer and support the Arabic program.

Assistant principal Ann Laszewski said the purpose of the training was to help teachers see how global studies can be easily infused in daily lessons. In turn, the training will guide teachers in preparing students for a greater understanding of world regions, cultures and global issues.

For middle school science teacher Ann King, her Friday training was one well spent, she said.

“The courses hit our curriculum right on. I’m able to bring my Charlotte-oriented children a world perspective with this information we received,” said King. “I want them to see where they are and what’s in the world around them without having any fear or misconceptions. This is a global academy and these courses reinforced what we’re doing. I want our students to see beyond the boundaries of Charlotte.”

During one of the sessions, “Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories: A Recent Portrait,” presenters Mona McRae and her husband, Jim, examined current issues of political and religious conflict in Middle Eastern territories. They shared background information of the region and provided strategies for classroom integration. Their presentation was created to tear down any barriers or misconceptions Americans may have about life in the Middle East, she said.

First Sgt. Anthony Bayse, U.S. Army instructor for JROTC, said the training helped him recognize different ways to teach globally competitive students.

“We learned about the big picture: Global content, global context and global lessons. Are we just giving students the content or are we able to share how it is used and have awareness about what we teach them? The courses broadened our horizons and view points as instructors. We are able to share what we learned and help them understand how to impact the world around us,” said Bayse.