The campaign’s Web site will act as a hub for teachers to share their stories to explain what they did and how it impacted school achievement. For instance, students from Fitchburg (Mass.) High School hosted German students through the Sister Cities International organization, and Manitou Springs (Colo.) Middle School connected with students in El Salvador using videoconferencing and social media. The organizations associated with Connect All Schools, including the U.S. Department of Education and the Asia Society, are available to support teachers and develop an international approach for that’s right for their individual classroom. Gragert says the idea can be implemented across the curriculum in subjects such as math, science, history and world language.
Timothy Magner, executive director of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, believes the goal of connecting all schools by 2016 is attainable. “I think the time has clearly come. We know that essentially every school is connected to the Internet. With this platform, this goal is a reality,” says Magner. “There is an opportunity and an obligation to be connected with the world and to broaden our cultural understanding.”
“The current administration’s State and Education Departments are joining the private sector to commit to creating a globally competent citizenry by linking every school in the U.S. with the world through curriculum, world languages, physical exchanges and/or online interactions by 2016 — an ambitious, yet achievable goal that has been set by the private sector in the Connect All Schools Initiative.
We need to demonstrate what is happening in terms of global competency so that we can build on the international connections in U.S. schools and replicate them 100- or 1,000-fold. Our country must commit to developing a global competency among all of its young people, not leaving this to continue to be the monopoly of those who have the resources to travel and study abroad”.
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“If teachers could tell their stories — what they’re doing, what impact it had on their students, how it changed their classroom, how it prepared their students for the 21st Century, and what organizations they worked with to make it happen, other teachers would be able to say, ‘I can do that,’” says iEARN-USA Executive Director Ed Gragert to Mind/Shift magazine. Read full article here!
“The project is fairly simple in its current state. It consists of a Web site where visitors can register to share stories about how their schools are making international connections or read what others are doing. Posts can include text, photos, and videos. Activities described include student and teacher exchanges, global issues curricula, video conferences, and other collaborative efforts, many done through the services offered by the consortium members” Continue reading “Connect All Schools Pushes American Students To Go Global” article in the Journal
The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York City has expressed their full support for the Connect All Schools initiative. “[We are] very happy to be a partner in the Connect All Schools initiative, and we are honored to be listed among the many partner organizations that are doing such fantastic work in supporting global education”, said Christopher Amos, director of educational media and technology at the Weill Music Institute in his letter to CAS team. Thank you Weill Music Institute for your support and we are looking forward to your stories!
On March 24, 2011 iEARN and Adobe Youth Voices Peapod Academy in Redwood City, California, hosted a Skype Conference linking Peapod students with their peers from Karachi and Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The conference call was attended by Judith McHale – the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the US Department of State – who used the opportunity to support the Connect All Schools initiative. “One of the things that both President Obama and Secretary Clinton have asked us to do is to find new ways to bring people in the United States closer to people all over the world so that we could learn about each other and listen to each other with the view that if we do that we will become closer together and we will work together to solve problems”, said McHale. “So I think this project of connecting every school is terrific, because the more young people can learn about each other, talk to each other and just become friends, better off we are going to be”.
Youth at Community School Central and Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy are participating in the World Youth News project sponsored by IEARN, UNICEF and PBS Newshour Extra. The video was produced by Diego Pettersson and edited by Peapod Academy students.
At the 2011 Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning, sponsored by WNET/Channel Thirteen in New York City, the Connect All Schools initiative was launched on March 19th. Joining Ed Gragert, Executive Director of iEARN-USA, were Karen Cator, Head of the Office of Education Technology at the US Department of Education and Craig Brown, Chief of the Youth Division of the Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchanges of the US Department of State. Both Cator and Brown stressed how the initiative meets the objectives of both Departments because it enhances teaching and learning and broadens awareness of the world among US students and teachers. The Initiative seeks to demonstrate that if all of our students are to gain skills needed for the 21st century, we must strive to provide skills in the areas of global awareness, ability to work collaboratively, familiarity with technology and ability to communicate effectively across cultures and boundaries.