Virtual Teacher Institute
GlobalEd Opportunities & Resources Newsletter- April 2014
School Leadership Summit 2014
(Recorded Live from Sierra Leone on Thursday, March 27, 2014)
The community of Bumpe, Sierra Leone, was once home to one of the most successful high schools in the southern region of the country--and the only high school which could offer graduates entry into the country’s university system. Unfortunately, the school was among the “casualties of war” in Sierra Leone, and leaders have had to rebuild not only the school infrastrcture but also their broader community. While challenges remain, Bumpe High School--and the community’s elementary schools--have forged forward with an inspiring vision for change and advancement, both in the classroom and the broader community.
Apply or Nominate Soon: Student Climate & Conservation Congress
2014 Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3)
Admissions reviewed on a rolling basis. Nominate/Apply NOW!
Sc3 is the nation's premier week-long sustainability leadership program for students entering 9-12 grade, and a limited number of faculty. Sc3 is coordinated by the Green Schools Alliance and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) at NCTC, the nation's top environmental training facility.
Community Service Credit is awarded.
Program Dates: June 22-28, 2014.
Inspire and Empower Students with BYkids
BYkids harnesses the power of documentary film to transform how students learn about their world. They pair master filmmakers with global youth to create 27-minute films that educate American students about global issues, while complementing, enhancing and energizing pre-existing curricula.
With BYkids films, educators across the country- both within and outside of NAIS - can inspire the students of today to become the global leaders of tomorrow.
BYkids films can be accessed for free through the Discovery Education Network (disoveryeducation.com/community), and are available for purchase from Amazon.com.
Teachers are also invited to serve on a BYkids Advisory Council to help BYkids hone their curriculum and relationships with schools, and advise them on film use in the classroom as they develop this commitment for the Clinton Global Initiative. Learn more here: www.bykids.org or contact Holly Carter with any inquiries: email@example.com
The Brookwood Mason-Dixon Project
Several years ago, a student in Tennessee sued when his school blocked his attempt to display the Confederate flag. Students in Massachusetts and Tennessee have used that episode as the basis for a rich online dialogue about the limits of rights, the causes of the Civil War, and the importance of race in American society. A thousand miles separate these students, as do real differences in upbringing and worldview, and they have worked hard to dismantle deep-seeded stereotypes about their counterparts across the Mason-Dixon Line.
Each school that joins the network will be paired with a partner school across the country, with whom they will establish a dialog that fits the schools' aspirations and time constraints. This project will appeal most to teachers of grades 7-9.
In the decade since Thomas Friedman famously declared the world "flat," we have seen an explosion of international connections among students. Just as there is value in reaching across the globe, though, so too is there a tremendous opportunity to connect within our national borders; in fact, a thriving democracy requires it. A quick video provides more details, and those interested in learning more should contact Kent Lenci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centre for Global Education: Upcoming Video Conferences
The Centre for Global Education(CGE) is offering the following video conferences in February! Each conference is limited to six schools, and filled on a first come, first served basis, with priority participation is given to CGE member schools. If you are interested in any of the conferences requiring preparation beforehand, please contact email@example.com or visit their website, http://tcge.tiged.org/.
(April 24, 10:45-11:45MDT)
Celebrate each week by eating a Low Carbon Lunch and take a bite out of climate change! The video conference will examine the role our food plays in Climate Change. From the initiation production, to its transportation, to the inherent footprint of each type of food itself, what we eat has a significant impact of Climate Change and our Carbon Footprint as an individual, school and community.
(May 8, 9:00-10:30)** - Gr 9-12
This one-part video conference, to be moderated by WLS's Jennifer D. Klein, will explore Resistance Art, looking at historical and current examples of work which bears witness to conflict and oppression or which actively confronts oppression. Guests will include several young visual artists from a variety of conflict settings in the Middle East, as well as several well-known artists, all of whom will share their work, discuss the intent and answer questions from students. Students will be asked to share their artwork as well, explaining their intent, taking questions, and receiving feedback from guest artists.
This one-part video conference, to be moderated by WLS's Jennifer D. Klein, will explore Poetry of Witness, looking at historical and current examples of work which bears witness to conflict and oppression or which actively responds to oppression. Guests will include several young poets from a variety of conflict settings in the Middle East, as well as several well-known poets, all of whom will share their work, discuss the intent and answer questions from students. Students will be asked to share their own poetry as part of our virtual Poetry Slam, explaining intent, taking questions, and receiving feedback from guest poets.
The cost for this one-part session is $100 CAD/US per class.
To see the entire year's schedule organized by date or subject, please go to CGE's event page, link.
New Publications in Global Education
- Global Learning and Project-Based Learning: Practical Perspectives on the Necessary Connection (Tim Kubik)
Adventures in Student-Centered Learning: Working with Teachers in Sierra Leone (Jennifer D. Klein)
Grappling with Women's Rights in Sierra Leone ( Jennifer D. Klein)
Global Education and Project Based Learning Resources
Project-based Learning Online provides guidance on designing projects, access to projects developed by other educators, and research and resources for project-based learning. The site also includes a project-based learning video library.
This site contains several videos demonstrating the project-based learning approach and why it is important to student learning.
How effective is project-based learning? This research summary compiles the various studies about PBL to examine its impact on student learning.
You can find more resources for bringing PBL into your classroom here.