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Going Global in Grades K-8: Introduction to NAIS’s Global Programs Ioana Simona Suciu WheelerNAIS Associate Director of Global Initiativeswheeler@nais.org
For K-8 Schools, NAIS recommends: • International Partnerships/Online Collaboration (NAIS’s Challenge 20/20 Program) • Languages (NAIS’s China Connection Program) • Service Learning • Summer Programs • Exchanges
NAIS’s Challenge 20/20 ProgramApply Now! Join Hundreds of Schools Solving the World’s Problems!Website: http://www.nais.org/go/challenge2020 Based on J.F. Richard’s book: High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve ThemContact: Ioana Simona Suciu Wheeler, associate director of global initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing our planet: issues involving the global commons • Global warming • Biodiversity and ecosystem losses • Fisheries depletion • Deforestation • Water deficits • Maritime safety and pollution • Sharing our humanity: issues requiring a global commitment • Massive step-up in the fight against poverty • Peacekeeping, conflict prevention, combating terrorism • Education for all • Global Infectious Diseases • Digital divide • Natural disaster prevention and mitigation • Sharing our rulebook: issues needing a global regulatory approach • Reinventing taxation for the 21st century • Biotechnology rules • Global financial architecture • Illegal drugs • Trade, investment, and competition rules • Intellectual property rights • E-commerce rules • International labor and migration rules.
Program Details: • Flexible • No benchmarks or strict requirements • Free of cost (purchase book) • No travel is required • Online collaboration (wikis, Skype, Facebook, Ning, Moodle, Second Life, videoconferencing, teleconferencing) • We accept all schools: elementary and secondary, public and private • Schools can find their own partners or ask NAIS to partner them • Southern and Northern Hemisphere schools
Challenge 20/20 Stats as of June 2010: • Sixth year; program developed in 2005-06 • 300-500 schools participate every year • 2 to 4 schools within a partnership • Over 1,050 schools in the US and 724 schools in other countries have participated in 656 partnerships since 2005-2006 • 99 countries represented and 47 U.S. states
Joining the Challenge 20/20 Program: • Submit your application from March to August! • Select Term One (September to January) or Term Two (January to May). Partnerships made by September. • Submit an Agreement for Participation. • Contact your partner school/s to begin your collaboration. • At the end of each Term, submit an online team report as well as photographs, testimonials and supplemental materials.
Examples of Challenge 20/20 Projects: • Mosquito Nets designed for small children in Africa (CO) • Supplying a village in India with a nurse/medical facility (PA) • Supplying hand sanitizers to hospitals in Mexico and Honduras (TX) • Rebuilding a school in Tanzania (CA) • Public service announcements regarding water deficits (OK)
NAIS’s China Connection ProgramRegister by early March to Hire a New Chinese Teacher! Visit Beijing and Shanghai in March!Website: http://www.nais.org/go/global under China Connection Contact: Ioana Simona Suciu Wheeler, associate director of global initiatives at email@example.com
Who Can Participate? • Schools interested in starting a Mandarin program • Schools interested in expanding an existing Mandarin program • Schools interested in hiring qualified native Mandarin teachers • NAIS member schools only
Why Participate? • Easy and inexpensive way to introduce Mandarin into your school’s curriculum • NAIS, HANBAN and IIE do most of the work; we assist with logistics, finding qualified candidates, J-1 visas, acculturation trainings, stipends, teacher support through the China Connection Listserve, etc. CAIS in San Francisco. • Teachers can stay in the U.S. for up to three years
China Connection Stats as of June 2010: • Fifth year: the program was launched in 2006 • To date, 32 independent schools • 45 Chinese teachers. Many of them returned to teach in the US for up to three years • If interested, sign up now!
Details and Contacts: • Websites: • http://www.nais.org/go/challenge2020 (Challenge 20/20) • http://www.nais.org/go/global (China Connection) • Contact: Ioana Simona Suciu Wheeler, associate director of global initiatives at (202) 973-9755 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.