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Modzelewski DigitalPowerhouses

  1. 1. What We Have Learned: Implementing an International Education Initiative Wendy Modzelewski Instructional Technology Consultant Delaware Center for Instructional Technology July 11, 2008
  2. 2. Delaware Professional Development Clusters <ul><li>Cluster is 90,180 or 270 hours of professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Sustained, research-based </li></ul><ul><li>Must include instruction, application, and reflection on practice </li></ul><ul><li>Cluster life: 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Successful completion earns the participant a 2, 4 or 6% salary stipend for 5 years. </li></ul>
  3. 3. International Education Technology Cluster <ul><li>Developed with the Delaware DOE and DCET </li></ul><ul><li>Goals: Teacher growth in international education and technology </li></ul><ul><li>90 hour, 2% cluster </li></ul><ul><li>Partnered with International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) </li></ul><ul><li>Cluster is currently completing its 5 th year </li></ul><ul><li>75 teachers have completed the cluster </li></ul>
  4. 4. International Education Technology Cluster Components <ul><li>30 hours of online professional development with national and international partners </li></ul><ul><li>The implementation of one or two student projects through the iEARN network </li></ul><ul><li>Student projects must be standards-based and curriculum aligned </li></ul><ul><li>Student data collection through pre- and post- assessments and curriculum assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher data collection through pre- and post- surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Two teacher assessment portfolios: one midway and one at the end </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>What our </li></ul><ul><li>students have shown us </li></ul>
  6. 6. What our Students have shown us <ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Shooting this movie was fun! I loved it! It rules! I was happy we did this. I can’t wait until I turn this paper in. I’ve had such a great experience.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zhyair, 5 th grade student </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Our Local Hero </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What our Students have shown us <ul><li>Engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Some of the surprises I had throughout the project were in students’ improvement in their self esteem, motivation to do authentic writing, an appreciation of the diversity of people in our world and a willingness to cooperate on a project for a group goal.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lisa, Grade 5 inclusion teacher </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Teddy Bear Exchange </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What our Students have shown us <ul><li>Making connections </li></ul><ul><li>“I liked making kites. It was hard, but it was fun flying them even though mine got tangled up. It is important to be nice to others because if your not they will treat you the same way.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zack, 1 st Grade student </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Talking Kites </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What our Students have shown us <ul><li>Making connections </li></ul><ul><li>“Students became quite conscious regarding the production of their food and clothing. Students reported that they now check the labels on their shoes and clothing. They understood that children and adults are being exploited throughout the world, including the United States.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Michael, HS Teacher; School for the Deaf </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Child Labor </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What our Students have shown us <ul><li>Increased international knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>“ People from other countries are constantly coming to the US. In order not to judge them, you have to learn about them.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Camila, High School Vocational student </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Moving Voices: Cutting Edge Careers for the 21 st Century </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. What our Students have shown us <ul><li>Increased communication with parents </li></ul><ul><li>“ Half of all our students discussed iEARN with their families. Of those who did not, most said that they don’t talk with their families about much anyway.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Donna, 7 th Grade Teacher </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Friendship through Education </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What our Students have shown us <ul><li>Shift from Ameri-centricity </li></ul><ul><li>“ They seemed drawn to the essay from Pakistan because the author explained their views on failure and the importance of learning from this in one’s life. This intrigued them because most of them have been considered failures by society and they threw themselves into their analysis of the piece. When these students realized that it had been written by someone from a culture they felt opposed to it really made them rethink their earlier positions. These pupils saw themselves in this writer’s eyes and found a common bond. I will always remember this “rebirth” for as long as I live.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kathy, Children’s Mental Health Treatment Center Teacher </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Laws of Life </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>What our </li></ul><ul><li>teachers have shown us </li></ul>
  14. 14. What our teachers have shown us <ul><li>Enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>“ Along with having some good conversations and gathering information and wisdom from reading what other teachers have to say, I have gained confirmation of my own philosophy of teaching, greater confidence in what I teach and the ways that I want to teach.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nancy, 5 th grade Teacher </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Eye to Eye </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. What our teachers have shown us <ul><li>Thinking differently </li></ul><ul><li>“ The added international perspective and technological expertise have made a difference in my practices and student learning through my perspective. Now when I am preparing lesson plans I think with a broader worldview. I question any bias I might have when teaching the lesson and try to include all sides of an issue.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Karen, High School Teacher </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Comfort Quilts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. What our teachers have shown us <ul><li>Taking initiative </li></ul><ul><li>“ From now on, current events from other parts of the world will be a requirement in my class. I actually added that as a requirement for the second half of this school year” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sheila, 7 th Grade Teacher </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Fighting Child Labor </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. What our teachers have shown us <ul><li>Growth in international education </li></ul><ul><li>“ We read international literature on a regular basis, but I think we sometimes fail to really study the cultures and regions associated with this literature. This is partially a time constraint, but when I was using international studies as part of this course, it made me see how essential and rewarding it really is to do on a continual basis. My classroom changed.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Elizabeth, K-2 Teacher </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Laws of Life </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. What our teachers have shown us <ul><li>International education is fun </li></ul><ul><li>“ On March 21 everyone around the world flew their kites. Teachers from around the globe posted their pictures online. In my classroom, we had a world map with pins marking the participating countries. We printed the pictures and put them on a bulletin board. This was when my students really began to see that there were “others”.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Michele, K-2 Teacher </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project: Talking Kites </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>What the facilitators have learned </li></ul>
  20. 20. What we have learned as Facilitators <ul><li>Clearly define International Education </li></ul><ul><li>International Education provides Delaware students with a developmentally appropriate set of experiences and a broader context in which to actively participate in a multicultural society and global workforce. </li></ul><ul><li>International Education in Delaware inspires students to explore beyond their state and country by providing them with </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge of world regions and international issues; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skills in communicating in languages other than English and working with information from a variety of world-wide sources; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural perspectives for comparison of worldviews, dispositions and attitudes; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>International experiences to exchange information with peers around the world. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. What we have learned as Facilitators <ul><li>Teachers need to know that knowledge comes from many sources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Textbooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. What we have learned as Facilitators <ul><li>List and celebrate pedagogical change: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of maps, globes, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusion of primary sources for content and culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing multiple perspectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognizing stereotypes and cultural universals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addressing increasing global interconnectedness </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. What we have learned as Facilitators <ul><li>Maintain open lines of communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce isolation; communicate frequently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State the obvious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledge teachers as change agents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share information </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. What we have learned as Facilitators <ul><li>Offer suggestions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think “outside the box” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage creativity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accept alternatives </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. What we have learned as Facilitators <ul><li>Prepare for issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>War </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political unrest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar and schedule differences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological differences </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. What we have learned as Facilitators <ul><li>Data, data, data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use data to steer the initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t assume teachers will know how to collect or use data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have teachers align initiatives to your IE definition and instructional goals </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Where is Delaware going from here? <ul><li>Clusters are on a 1-year moratorium </li></ul><ul><li>Continue professional development in international education; modified plan </li></ul><ul><li>Offer incentives for school participation in an international education initiative; involve the principal </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anne Frank </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank you. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wendy Modzelewski </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.dcet.k12.de.us </li></ul>

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