VIF joins the Global Schools Network
by Lisa Johnson-Luten
When our clothes have traveled to more countries than most U.S. pupils have, it’s a troubling sign. The cotton in our T-shirt was likely grown in America, sent to Ecuador and somehow imported from China.
In such an interconnected world, the time has come for American schools to reflect global trends; however, with fewer than 1 in 5 American citizens owning a passport, the solution is to bring an international perspective to our education system.
The Global Schools Network, a collaboration between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina State Board of Education, the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education, aims to do just that.
By bringing together schools, organizations and businesses, the Global Schools Network is helping prepare today’s youth for an interconnected, 21st century world.
The Global Schools Network’s goals also align with North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue’s, “Ready, Set, Go!” educational reform plan, which highlights the need to find new ways to strengthen the economy and refocus efforts of public schools.
The Network has already grown to represent 13 school districts in all seven of North Carolina’s economic development regions. Partner schools have pledged to provide a multi-faceted, internationally-focused education to their pupils, ensuring that students have the knowledge and tools to thrive in a global economy.
At VIF International Education, we support the Global Schools Network as an implementing partner, aiding in the implementation of international education programs in K-12 schools. Since our founding in 1989, we have put together programs such as the Splash language immersion, which helps students acquire second-language skills and Global Gateway, which provides teachers with the skills to teach with a global perspective. We’re thrilled to continue our work in international education by partnering with member districts to provide 21st century student preparation.