What's Going On?
Three years ago Holt Elementary School had a traditional elementary program. The school was nested in a community that had declining enrollment. But enrollment wasn’t the only thing in decline — student achievement was also trending in the wrong direction. With a new superintendent came new areas of focus, as Durham parents expressed interest in more program options. Over the course of the next few years, several key decisions were made that impacted Holt — Star Sampson became the principal, the district examined new magnet options, and the school was selected as a language academy magnet. Thus the shift from traditional to global began to occur.
So how did this transformation occur? After district work on the theme was solidified and approved by the superintendent and the board of education, the principal and some staff were invited to attend a VIF Global Schools Tour. What they observed was a Passport whole-school effort that integrated global elements along with language into the curriculum. Every staff member was involved in implementing global education, from the core teachers to the specialists. Each grade level focused on one of the six populated regions of the world, and had a teacher from that region on the team. Sampson commented, "Once I saw this school, I knew (this concept) was in our grasp. You have to have meat and potatoes to put with the common core — global makes it real — it makes it fun. It makes kids want to come to school and teachers want to come to work. We knew that global was going to help our kids learn."
B Corp announced today that VIF International Education was selected for their 2013 'Best for Communities' list. This places VIF in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations for positive impact on their communities as measured by the B Impact Assessment, a comprehensive assessment used by more than 10,000 businesses to measure their impact on their workers, community and the environment. VIF is one of 61 high impact companies across 35 industries and 13 countries honored for improving the quality of life throughout their communities.
Congratulations to all of our B Corp brothers and sisters who are redefining success in business!
Congratulations to all principals who have been selected as 2013-14 Principals of the Year!
A special thank you to principals who are diligent about promoting student achievement through global education and language immersion programs. Your hard work truly makes a difference in preparing students for success in our increasingly interconnected world.
Julie Hancock, Principal of Marvin B. Smith Elementary School in Alamance-Burlington, N.C. Read more.
Amy Rickard, Principal of Morris Grove Elementary School in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, N.C. Read more.
Mellotta Hill, Principal of Howard Hall Elementary School in Cumberland County, N.C. Read more.
The days of teachers sitting through workshops about tools or methods they already know is (almost) a thing of the past. Educators around the globe are now seeking online platforms to provide flexible, high-quality professional development catered to their learning needs. Online PD allows teachers to focus on what they want, when they want - giving them the freedom to create individualized PD experiences. The result: invigorated teachers, engaged students and increased learning.
Global Gateway, a VIF program hosted in our new online learning center, will soon feature digital badging for teachers around the globe. Two years in development, the Global Gateway badging system is the first of its kind - building on peer collaboration in the VIF learning center community and its integrated professional development and resource library. Badging functionality is currently in beta and is scheduled to go live for more than 7,000 users in October.
Digital badging provides a way for teachers to share visual representations of their achievements and opens doors to exciting professional opportunities. As outlined in the graphic below, teachers can build digital portfolios complete with badges as they progress through professional development modules and can share their achievements in the VIF community, via social media, and with administrators and district personnel. With Global Gateway PD, proficiency in global education can be demonstrated through a portable badging credential recognized by schools, districts and state and national institutions. VIF CEO David Young says, “This will be a real differentiator for educators who understand the changing world and who take responsibility for preparing global citizens.”
The VIF webstore is here! Teachers, administrators, VIF program participants and supporters of international education now have the opportunity to show off their global learning spirit. We offer a wide variety of classroom supplies, clothing and gifts, giving you lots of fun ways to get global.
Take the time to visit the VIF webstore and show your spirit like our friends at Carolina Forest International Elementary!
Our world is getting smaller every day. The number of corporations doing business on a global scale is growing, increasing numbers of college students are studying abroad, the language learning market is booming, and mind-blowing technology connects us today like never before. Our global landscape is shifting and leaders from all corners of the world are stressing the importance of bringing global education to our youth. Yet many of our educators are not given the time, proper tools or preparation to achieve this goal.
Many teachers who desperately want to prepare their students for success in our increasingly interconnected world are left asking one question: How can I effectively integrate global content into my core instruction despite time constraints and other competing priorities?
Scouts are known for working their way through a program that allows them to earn badges showing their accomplishments. Today the concept of badging has moved past scouts and now is a part of digital learning. According to an article written in Digital Media and Learning, badging is defined as a visual representation of a skill or achievement. But, badging is much more than that - it is a unique, fun way in which an individual can exemplify his or her talents and success for others using digital media - e-portfolios, social platforms and websites. A badge allows users to show a visual representation of performance in a particular field. By displaying and sharing this information, you can show that a task has been completed and a benchmark achieved.
Digital badges are electronic images that an individual can earn through completion of a certain program, workshop, etc. - similar to a certificate of achievement in traditional models. In recent years, badges have become more popular in various industries where technology is advancing and methodologies, tools and access to online resources are growing with the use of virtual learning. In education, badging can be used for administrators, teachers and students to show step-by-step accomplishments. Badges serve as a demonstrated token to show a teacher’s success in certain areas.
The learning center (launching in August) features digital badging for Global Gateway teachers as they accomplish certain levels in their professional development. As outlined in this infographic, teachers can build a profile portfolio complete with badges as they progress through PD modules and can share their achievements via the VIF community, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
VIF is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Global Educator Awards. This awards program recognizes outstanding educators who demonstrate a dedication and commitment to inspiring students, colleagues and community members to understand the world's languages, its cultures and the diverse perspectives of all people.