Your Name and Title: Diane Midness, Professional Devleoper

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Co-Presenter Name(s):
    Mary Brownell, Donna Roman, Linda Giesen, Angela Guy

Country from Which You Will Present:

Language in Which You Will Present:

Target Audience (such as primary school teachers, high school administrators, students, etc.)
     teachers and school administrators

Short Session Description (one line):
  Teachers who have aligned their project work with the Common Core State Standards will share how iEARN projects have helped their students master the standards which include the 21st Century Skills for students.


Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted by 46 states in the United States and District of Columbia.  There are based on current education research and evidence.  These standards aim to prepare students with the skills they need for college and the high-skills workplace.  They have been benchmarked to high performing countries. Project based learning is an excellent way for students to achieve the 21st Century Skills the standards require.


iEARN teachers will share how their students’ participation in a variety of iEARN projects has enhanced their reaching these standards.


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NOTE:  This session can be offered at least twice with different teachers and projects for each session        

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Dear Diane,

I am Geeta Rajan from New Delhi,India.I teach English to Grade 12 students.I work with St.Mark's Sr.Sec.Public School,Meera Bagh,New Delhi.

I have been working with iEARN for the past three years and my students have really benefitted a lot.

Infact,recently,I was the facilitator for O3 course and was reporting to Losira Okelo.

If you think I can contribute in any way to your proposal,I shall be more than happy to contribute..

Looking forward to your response,


Hi Geeta,

I do encourage to submit a proposal about how working in iEARN projects help you meet the educational standards in India.  I think it would be very interesting to have iEARNers from several countries share together on this.  I am sure one of our USA teachers would be happy to join.

The purpose of this proposal is admittedly mainly for USA teachers because the USA has recently adopted a set of new standards that will affect teaching in most of our states.  It would be great to have you join us and maybe share how similar or different our standards are.

I do hope that there will be a presentation on the O3 project.  That is very interesting.



Dear Diane,

Thanks a ton for this motivating reply.

Would you like me to send a proposal to you regarding working in iEARN projects helping us meet the educational standards in India.

I am sorry for I had no idea that your proposal was mainly for educators from the US.

But,I am sure,you can give it a much broader perspective by including iEARN eduactors from different countries.

As for a presentation on the O3 project,I had not thought of it at all.But now that you have mentioned it,I shall do it.And yes,it is very interesting.



No apologies needed Geeta.  Yes, it is helpful to have other perspectives and we welcome them.  Please do submit a proposal regarding the standards in India.  The whole purpose of the USA Common Core Standards is to have our students reach the level of rest of the world.

Let Losira know you are interested in the O3 presentation.  I think she was considering submitting one but it would look much better coming from you.  Hopefully you can Alema involved and participants from both countries.


Should I submit the proposal  straight away or should I send it to you first??

I shall write to Losira about the O3 presentation too.Let me get in touch with Alema also in this connection.



Hi Geeta,

Go ahead and present it yourself.  Thanks!



I shall be in touch with you over this..But,will I be presenting my proposal from an Indian perspective.....I mean how collaborative work is helping my students???Don't I need co-presenters in this case??

Or do you think you should be the key presenter and add educators from other countries like me to your theme???

Sorry if I ask too many questions and bore you to death....



Hi Geeta,

I like the both ideas.  Add educators from other countries to the  
Common core theme and I like your theme on how collaborative work is  
helping your students.  I could give you 5 minutes in the Common core  
session.  You could invite other teachers from India to yours.


Dear Diane

Fine!!!Now I will be one speaker in your group wherein the theme will be the common core one.I don't have any idea about other Indian teachers but I will,certainly be there.I shall take five minutes to speak on my experience of collaborative work and how the students benefit.

Where will O3 fit in then???

Apologies again,as too many queries from my side.



Hi Geeta,

I was thinking of the O3 project to be another presentation.  It would have you, Alema, Losira and hopefully some of the teachers involved.  You could talk about what you learned and what the teachers will be doing as well as discuss the experience of online learning.


Dear Diane

I have attached a document with this message.If you could take a look and let me know your opinion.This document will be amended as per your suggestions.

Thanks for your guidance,




Hi Geeta, This looks great!  I do encourage you to submit it as proposal.  You need to be sure to follow the directions on this page



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