Adams Concludes World View OVERBook Project Participation

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CHAPEL HILL—Pitt Community College psychology instructor Patricia Adams recently completed her participation in an interdisciplinary professional learning opportunity focused on deepening educators’ understanding of contemporary global environmental and sustainability issues and developing resources for teaching those topics.

Adams, who has taught at PCC full-time since 2008, was one of 12 exceptional educators selected from applicants across North Carolina last spring as a World View 2018-2019 OVERBook Project on the Environment and Sustainability Fellow.

“We are grateful we had the opportunity to work with Patricia as a member of the 2018 World View Fellows program cohort,” said Holly Loranger, assistant director of World View at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Through the project, which focused on using the Population Institute’s OVERBook, Adams and other Fellows representing schools, districts and community colleges throughout the state engaged in interdisciplinary, professional, collaborative learning starting in the summer of 2018. Their work culminated in the creation of comprehensive study guides with educator resources for integrating photos and themes into a variety of disciplines across the K-12 and community college spectrum.

The six themes were climate change, consumption, human rights, nature’s rights, pollution and water. Adams’ project included the creation of study guides and teaching resources focused on human rights and pollution. Her materials for Crossroads: The Intersection of Psychology and Human Rights are available through the World View website as are her materials for The Psychology of Pollution.

“We are so excited about this announcement from UNC-World View, highlighting Patricia’s contributions as an OVERBook Fellow,” PCC Arts and Sciences Dean Stephanie Rook said. “We are thankful to have her on our faculty, working to develop content that is vital for PCC students to learn about human rights and pollution.”

World View, a public service program at UNC-Chapel Hill, equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices and resources to prepare students to engage in an interconnected and diverse world.

World View’s 2019-20 Fellowship Program and applications will be announced this month.