Support for cultural exchange
The more knowledgeable children become about the world and its cultures, languages, and people, the more prepared they will be to lead and thrive in our interconnected world. In the 21st century, the world stays connected in real time. Students need to be prepared to interact with people from all over the world and to approach diverse situations with curiosity, confidence, and empathy for others.
The impact of going global
Ambassador teachers play an integral role in supporting schools to create global, cultural, and language connections that empower students and educators to positively impact the world.
I was overjoyed to have the opportunity to bring a cultural ambassador from the Participate Learning program to my teaching staff in the fall. This teacher will serve as a role model for students and will expand their understanding of global concepts while students also focus on learning NC standards in a NC classroom. This is a great opportunity for our students! I am fortunate to be part of a very diverse school and was very excited to have someone joining our teaching staff that reflects the diversity seen in classrooms across the school.
– Angela Garcia, Principal, Webb A. Murray Elementary School, Catawba County Schools
This program lays the groundwork for our next generation to have the ability to work effectively in global or cross-cultural environments, and teaches an appreciation of diversity, respect, and concern for all peoples.
– Clair S. Wylie, grandparent at Southwood Elementary,
Davidson County Schools
Our students have consistently “met” and “exceeded” state expectations on end-of-grade assessments (in part) due to the dedication of our international teachers.
– Brenda Ware-McAllister, Principal, Lillian Black Elementary, Cumberland County Schools
Exchange teachers come to the U.S. to share their culture and sharpen their professional skills.
They assimilate into the community, participate in cross-cultural activities, and make an impact on their school.
After the exchange, they return to their home school to share their knowledge and experiences of the U.S.
Cultural exchange with purpose
We nurture educators to help them teach with the global citizen in mind and to understand their role in the global citizenship framework. We support ambassadors as they inspire curiosity about the world around them and ways they can make an impact in their local community. Our educational experts work with teachers upon their arrival in the U.S. to train and prepare them for interacting with their colleagues in meaningful ways.
We also provide:
- Ongoing professional development through online communities of practice
- Training on the nuances of the U.S. education system
- Observations and virtual coaching for those who need additional support