Dear GEC Members:
We're thrilled to announce today our newest initiative, the Great Global Project Challenge Grant. Before getting to the details of this exciting opportunity, we also would like to give you an update on our upcoming conference.
Now on to the Great Global Project Challenge Grant....
THE GREAT GLOBAL PROJECT CHALLENGE AND GRANT
Educators are interested in engaging in project-based learning with other classrooms around the world. Often they embark on time consuming journeys to identify potential deep learning opportunities and project partners. And, it is sometimes difficult for educators who design projects to find active participants. The Great Global Project Challenge is an initiative designed to collate projects and connect interested collaborators.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) recently revised its standards for students. ISTE calls for students to become empowered learners, digital citizens, knowledge constructors, innovative designers, computational thinkers, creative communicators, and most notably, global collaborators. The Great Global Project Challenge will help educators provide authentic learning opportunities for students to meet these standards.
Between now and December 1, 2016, global educators will design collaborative projects in which other students and teachers may participate during the course of the 2016-2017 school year. The objective is to create and present as many globally connective projects for students and educators as possible. Let’s see how many teachers and students we can engage in globally connected learning opportunities during the course of the next year!
Any teacher, school, nonprofit, or company can participate in this challenge and have their project listed on the Global Collaboration Day website. There will be a grant available to educators from non-profit accredited Pre-K-12 schools, thanks to sponsors VIF International Education and the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.
The Great Global Project Challenge Grant
Grants of $1,500 (US dollars) will be issued to the the top ten projects that are designed and successfully implemented between now and April 1, 2017. The project design teams for grant-eligible projects must be made up solely of educators employed by non-profit accredited schools and can come from any country. If projects are to be conducted in a language other than English, proposals must be submitted twice. One submission needs to be in the home language; a duplicate needs to be in English. Grant details are available here: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/the-great-global-project-chal...
These grants must be used for professional development, classroom equipment, or other resources that will facilitate future globally connected project-based learning. Recipients will be required to submit a plan for use of the grant monies and will be required to present at the online 2017 Global Education Conference.
A committee comprised of leading global educators and organizations will serve on the evaluation team for the Great Global Project Challenge Grant. This group will design an evaluation rubric for scoring these projects.
Challenge Guidelines and Rules
Here are the rules for Great Global Project Challenge entries:
These projects can take place anytime between now and April 1, 2017. The deadline for registering projects in a directory managed by the Global Education Conference Network is December 1, 2016. Projects will then be listed on a webpage which educators can browse. The Global Education Conference Network will publicize this directory to its members and beyond through social media.
on the dissemination of grant monies.
About the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21): P21 recognizes that all learners need educational experiences in school and beyond, from cradle to career, to build knowledge and skills for success in a globally and digitally interconnected world. Representing over 5 million members of the global workforce and over 2 million U.S. students in K-12, P21 is a catalyst organization uniting business, government, and education leaders from the U.S. and abroad to advance evidence-based education policy and practice and to make innovative teaching and learning a reality for all. Follow P21 on Twitter @P21Learning.
About VIF International Education: VIF International Education partners with districts and schools to provide leading-edge technology, comprehensive frameworks and support services to impact student outcomes by improving teacher practice. Many of its clients are distinguished by school-wide commitments to build global competence in teachers, students and administrators as they endeavor to integrate technology, cultural literacy and other 21st century skills into everyday classroom instruction. VIF is a certified B Corp and ‘Best for the World’ honoree headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information visit www.viflearn.com and follow @vifglobaled.