MONROE – The NC Department of Public Instruction named Unionville Elementary a North Carolina Model Global-Ready School on Dec. 7.
Unionville Elementary is the state’s second school and county’s first to receive the distinction.
“When I volunteered to host a bilingual class at Unionville five years ago, the vision was to use it as a springboard to bring global education to every student,” Principal Sharyn VonCannon said. “Receiving this award validates all the hard work done by staff in bringing this vision to fruition, and the students realize we have something unique and special at our school.”
World language is fostered through students who participate in the Spanish dual language immersion program. All students take a global education class.
The school has developed global partnerships with schools across the world, as well as hosts an annual international festival and monthly celebrations of diversity.
Thirty percent of the staff is in the process of earning a Global Digital Badge designation. Teachers collaborate during global training sessions.