SECC staff briefly spoke with a North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) digital content, coaching, and communications consultant who shared that there has not been any additional movement on the online training module development project. She assured SECC staff that she will be in contact once the next steps are determined by staff members at NCDPI. In addition, SECC staff reached out to an external partner who worked on the project team for an update. Additionally, SECC staff members began to review the applications of campuses that have earned the Global-Ready designation from NCDPI. To review the applications, the staff developed a rubric based on current global education research and the anticipated student outcomes from exposure to global education. SECC staff briefly met with the global education director of NCDPI to discuss how the student-focused rubric can be added to the Global-Ready designation renewal rubric. Furthermore, Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) staff, in partnership with SECC, conducted a two-day training on personalized learning (PL) for approximately 60 NCDPI staff members. This training provided NCDPI staff members with a basic understanding of PL and how such practices can be implemented in the classroom. Personalized learning is a key component of North Carolina’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, and this training provided staff members with an introductory training on how the state would like to expand PL to all classrooms throughout the state. Four new schools received the Global-Ready designation in December 2017.
In January, SECC staff will finish reviewing applications of campuses that have earned the Global-Ready designation from NCDPI, using the student-focused rubric. SECC and NCDPI staff will meet to discuss and begin the development of data collection tools to measure global education practices in designated campuses. Discussions also will occur about adapting and editing the current application materials to prepare for a renewal application process. Additionally, SECC staff will reach out to the K–12 Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction Division interim director to determine the parameters of the proposed information request regarding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) practices. Further, CIL staff, in partnership with SECC, will present a two-hour training on PL to the North Carolina State Board of Education in early January 2018. Follow-up conversations will be conducted to determine next steps for training additional NCDPI staff on PL. As evidence of impact, in addition to an increase in the number of schools implementing global education practices and applying for designation status, there also has been an increase in the number of educators who are working toward global educator designation. These increases have resulted in the work of the global education director who has refined the online application process and increased awareness with a larger Internet presence and informational website. Global education practices in classrooms are increasing as more and more schools and educators are seeking global education designations. Four new schools were recognized in December 2017, and several more are looking to seek the designation in 2018, based on information inquiries.