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Global Focus Opportunities for K-12 Educators and Students

earth-in-hands-howHelga Fasciano, NCDPI Special Assistant for Global Education, shared a variety of global focus opportunities for both teachers and students.  Check out these opportunities.

Opportunities for Teachers

  • Target Field Trip Grants: Target funds many grants of up to $700 for a school field trip that enhances their curriculum in arts, math, science, and social studies. Deadline:September 30.
  •  American Councils for International Education is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 Title VIII Grants for Research and Advanced Language Training programs in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for these awards. The application deadline is October 1.
  • Educational Seminars, Exchanges for Teachers and Administrators: K-12 teachers and administrators have a chance to attend summer seminars in Brazil, Portugal, India, and China from the ECA and the U.S. Department of State. Deadline October 31.
  • Teachers at Sea: NOAA gives K-12 teachers the opportunity to work alongside scientists and crew at sea. The program lasts anywhere from a week to a month aboard NOAA research or survey ships. All travel and program fees are paid. Deadline: October 31.
  • Association for Asian Studies (AAS) invites submissions for the Franklin R. Buchanan Prize awarded annually to recognize an outstanding curriculum publication on Asia designed for any educational level, elementary through university. Deadline: November 1.
  • The International Reading Association will honor an outstanding mainstream, elementary classroom teacher dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing, across the curriculum in real world contexts in grades K–6 (ages 5–12). Deadline November 15.
  • Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DA) Program: K12 Teachers, Curriculum Specialists, Media Specialists, Department, Talented and Gifted, or Special Education coordinators may be eligible for a unique international professional development opportunity for 3-4 months through the Fulbright Program. By conducting educational research abroad, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systemes that will enrich their U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives. Application available at:  Deadline is December 15, 2013. 

Opportunities for Students

  • The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish.  Applications for summer 2013 and academic year 2013-2014 programs are due November 5.
  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 who have engaged in a community service project during the last 12 months. Winners receive $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. Deadline: November 5.
  • The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its fifth Annual Student Competition. Students and teachers can enter by writing an essay addressing ethical challenges facing the planet. Deadline: December 31.

If you have questions regarding any of these opportunities, contact Helga Fasciano at

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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