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BCS Goes Global
BCS Goes Global
Posted on 07/27/2017
Globe-trotting Buncombe County Schools teachers are studying the cultures and educational styles of far off places.

One delegation has already embarked to Belize, while another group will head to India on Friday.

“Facilitating a comprehensive global education program is one of Superintendent Dr. Baldwin's top four priorities for Buncombe County Schools,” said Dr. Cheri Boone, BCS global education specialist. “Therefore, we are committed to ensuring our administrators, teachers and students have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be prepared, engaged, and productive citizens in our interconnected world.”


A.C. Reynolds Middle School teacher Jennifer Williams and Valley Springs Middle School teacher Cathy Belair touched down in Belize on Tuesday for nine days of exploring and practical field experience.

Their trip will include lessons about local plants and animals, easily duplicated techniques for teaching natural science, and a chance to interact with local teachers and students, according to the program website.

Belair, Williams, and the other 10 North Carolina educators on the trip have already explored a cave, sampled local cuisine, and studied unique wildlife.

The trip is part of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ (NCMNS) Educators of Excellence Institutes, which aims to inform and empower educators to teach students about North Carolina’s ecological connections to the rest of the world.

“These trips have the power to change educators’ lives,” said Liz Baird, head of School and Lifelong Education for NCMNS. “Not only do the Institutes inspire and reward outstanding teachers, they also have a huge impact on how teachers teach and relate to their students.”


Charles D. Owen High School math teacher Nathan Arvey and science teacher Ryan Smith will join Clyde A. Erwin science teacher Lily Dancy-Jones and A.C. Reynolds science teacher Matthew Kinnaird for a journey to learn about India’s ideas about economic development, rural education, private and public education, STEM, and more, according to EdNC, a trip sponsor.

With support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the teachers aim to take a close look at India’s K-12 and higher education systems, understand the social complexities of scientific and technological progress, and collaborate with each other and with Indians on ways to improve technology in the classroom.

From July 28 to Aug. 6, the four BCS teachers will visit public schools, educational outposts, hands-on science programs, and several special programs.

To view a live blog about the Belize trip, visit
To see ongoing coverage of the India trip, visit

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