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The Global Education Summit
The Global Education Summit
Posted on 08/14/2018
Masanko Banda performs "The Wise Woman" accompanied by hand percussion.Article/Photos By: Benjamin Rickert, Communications Department

Singing, drumming, strumming, and story-telling filled the auditorium of North Buncombe High to kick off the Global Education Summit involving over 300 educators from across the state. As part of equipping classrooms and preparing students for tomorrow, Buncombe County Schools (BCS) reinforced an ongoing commitment to global education by collaborating with UNC World View, LEAF Community Arts, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to host the summit on August 14.

At the summit, educators and World View partners from across the state gathered to discuss global issues, teaching strategies, and resources for integrating global content into curriculum.

Inside a hands-on session at the Global Education Summit.“The summit afforded educators a unique blend of K-12 curricula content woven within the context of global awareness and layered with visual and performing arts,” explained Dr. Cheri Boone, BCS Global Education Specialist. "All of this was delivered by local and nationally renowned teaching and performing artists and peers who specialize in integrating curricula content and delivering best practices."

At North Buncombe, more than 40 classrooms were filled with vibrant discussions, presentations, and hands-on projects designed to inspire teachers for the upcoming school year. Featured artists and keynote speakers included Kim and Reggie Harris, Saul Flores, and Irene "Jenny" Pickens.

Featured Artists Kim and Reggie Harris lead and inspire teachers.In our interconnected world, a global mindset is critical for today's graduates entering the workforce. This mindset involves awareness of how diversity and culture affect the social, political, and economic aspects of work and life. Essentially, it has the potential to make us better - more successful - citizens and coworkers, and it is relevant to students of all ages. Properly preparing students for tomorrow means ensuring that administrators and teachers are equipped to cultivate schools with this global mindset.

"This year’s Global Summit was a uniquely designed professional development project for both BCS and World View," continued Boone. "Together, for the first time, we also partnered with LEAF Community Arts and showcased our professional affiliation with the renowned Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program. This robust partnership infused Arts Education and Arts in Education within the K-12 curriculum—an inherent component of global education and the 21st century teaching and learning framework."

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Learn more about UNC World View and LEAF Community Arts.

Buncombe County Schools would like to thank partners at UNC World View, LEAF Community Arts, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Program. Special thanks is also extended to summit sponsors, including Educational Partners International, Participate, Benchmark Education, Buncombe County Association of Educators, Biltmore, ServiceMaster of Buncombe County, Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, Coca-Cola, Baked Pie, Stoneridge, Becky’s Florist, Western Region Education Service Alliance, and Carrabba’s Italian Grill.

Featured Speakers/Artists

Keynote Speakers: Reggie & Kim HarrisKim and Reggie Harris
Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock and pop music. Their captivating stage presence and unique harmonies have earned the respect and love of audiences throughout the US, Canada and Europe for over 30 years. They are unique in their ability to entertain as they blend their talents as singers, songwriters, educators, interpreters of history and cultural advocates.

Keynote Speakers: Saul HarrisSaul Flores
Saul Flores is a philanthropist, photojournalist and speaker who is nationally recognized for his social impact projects. Saul walked 5,328 miles through ten countries to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico. The story of his journey, accompanied by a series of photographs, capture the essence of the people, communities and cultures he encountered along the way. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, MSNBC and TED.

Keynote Speakers: Jenny PickensIrene “Jenny” Pickens
Jenny is a self-taught artist from Asheville, NC. At a very young age, Jenny began creating and making things. Her art has been featured in newspapers and magazines, on murals, on logos and on t-shirts for the Goombay Festival in Asheville in 2006 and 2007. She continues to learn new and challenging projects and mediums and strives to inspire others with her art.

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