Kids Can Make a Difference announces a resource portal for teachers and students to get inspired, learn, act and reflect on the problem of hunger, poverty & inequality and show them that they can make a difference.
Newton North senior Henry DeGroot was visiting a school outside Bejing on a semester abroad earlier this year when he decided to have some fun and hopefully make a point by writing pro-democracy messages in the notebook of one of the Chinese students. “Democracy is for cool kids” “Don’t believe the lies your school and government tell you” and “It’s right to rebel” are three of the messages he penned. But when Chinese school officials found out, he was made to serve five hours of detention over there and when he returned home last month he was barred from his prom. Newton school officials say he violated semester abroad rules, embarrassed the principal of the Chinese school that was hosting Newton students and showed so much disrespect for the Chinese that the longstanding program may be harmed. DeGroot sees it differently. He says his rights were abridged by the Newton school system which taught him the importance of civil disobedience and speaking his mind, but punished him when he practiced what he learned.
Seven teacher leaders have co-authored a new report entitled "A Global Network of Teachers and Their Professional Learning Systems." Representing Seattle, Toronto, Denver, Shanghai, Singapore, and Lexington, they offer recommendations for how school systems can better structure and support professional learning for teachers.
Another huge hurdle that Americans need to overcome if we want our children to live in a society of peace and prosperity, is the recognition that community disaster risk management is no longer just a local issue; it has now become an issue of global security and economic stability.
"I'm really focused on connecting the world. That's my main thing, and you're primarily focused on children," said Zuckerberg, turning to Chan. "And we're able to do some of this work together, which is neat...There are interesting overlaps."
Creating and participating in global projects has fed my soul, but more importantly, it has nurtured the spirit of my students. I have come away with many positives through collaborating and partaking in global projects, but I have learned more through some failures this year.
This weekend, we would like to reflect through sharing what worked and what didn’t work for us.
This morning reminded me how anxious and nervous teachers can get when they face the unknown! Although I have used our polycom videoconferencing equipment extensively with educators, classes and community organisations within Australia, I had never dialled an overseas polycom unit. ….
Almost immediately, Wisteria answered the call and we were transported into Marriner’s Museum, Virginia, USA.
In my 25 years as a humane educator -- someone who teaches about pressing global challenges and offers students the tools to become "solutionaries" for a more just and sustainable world -- I had never encountered so much hopelessness in a middle school classroom, not even in the most underserved schools in the most disenfranchised communities. ...
What's ironic about the Connecticut children's initial lack of hope is that, despite the potential calamities we face, we're actually living in less violent, less discriminatory, and less cruel times than ever before in recorded human history. Add to that our capacity to communicate and collaborate with people across the globe and a vast, growing body of knowledge available on handheld computers, and there is every reason for our children to feel hopeful and enthusiastic.
Are you a middle or high school educator who is passionate about bringing the world into your classroom? Do you want to connect your students to peers, providing opportunities for them to work together and inspiring them to take action to change their local and global communities?
If so, apply for GNG’s 2014-2015 virtual exchange programs! All programs are offered free of charge. Below you will find an overview of the various programs offered during the 2014-2015 school year and the information you will need to apply:
“I’ve worked with companies from all over the world,” said Robless, who previously navigated the global marketplace as an employee of General Motors and American Airlines. “…There’s a lot of value to having a global understanding.”
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