THE BRIDGE Program
Building Respect Through International Dialogue and Global Education
The BRIDGE Program is part of the Stevens Initiative, a public-private partnership designed to increase people-to-people exchanges between youth in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa as a lasting tribute to the legacy of Ambassador Chris Stevens. The Initiative aims to increase mutual understanding between youth in middle school through post-secondary education, and equip a generation of globally-minded youth with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world.
In the BRIDGE Program, iEARN provides professional online training and curriculum-based virtual exchange activities for educators in 11 MENA countries and their U.S. counterparts. Following an online course, educators connect their students through asynchronous activities that will culminate in videoconference connections and community exhibitions in five thematic areas: environment, civic education, heritage, identity and tradition, food security, and arts and media production.
The BRIDGE Program Engages Educators and Students through Virtual Exchange Activities
Teachers receive training on global project-based learning through local, in-country workshops. Workshops tailor training materials to fit specific local and national educational standards and linguistic needs.
Educators participate in a facilitated online course to help them align collaborative projects with their curricula and standards, and facilitate dialogue, connections, and co-planning between educators from different countries.
Educators connect their students through a collaborative project exchanges. Classes join projects based on their thematic interest area in groups with four to five classes from other countries for their exchange activities.
Students and teachers organize local and virtual project exhibitions to showcase their work to each other and a larger audience and document the final outcomes of the their online exchange.
Want to connect your classroom to teachers like Greg in Spring 2017? Click here to learn more. What is your name? Greg Reiva Which iEARN project are you doing? The Earth Stewardship Project Where do you teach? Streamwood High School in Illinois, USA What subject/age do you teach? High school chemistry, physics and physical science […]
What is your name? Sukina Almaen Which iEARN project are you doing? The Earth Stewardship Project Where do you teach? At Alharmeen School in Ibb, Yemen What age do you teach? Students ages 12-14 years old Tell us your story. BRIDGE program is very important because I get many useful things from it. For instance, I knew other[…]
Want to connect your classroom to teachers like Saliha in Spring 2017? Click here to learn more. What is your name? Saliha Belhacene What do you teach? English Language Arts Where do you teach? At Mustapha Ben Boulaid High School in Constantine, Algeria Which iEARN Project are you doing? My Identity, Your Identity Tell us your story.[…]
In October 2016 iEARN-Yemen hosted three workshops in three governorates (Sana’a – Alhudaidah – Hadramout) as part of the BRIDGE Program. 11 teachers from 3 governorates joined the workshop and they were introduced to the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN). All participants became members of iEARN and collaborated with the peers who joined the[…]
Are you a middle school or high school teacher interested in bringing global projects into your classroom? Do you want to connect your students with classrooms in the Middle East and North Africa? You can start this Spring by joining iEARN’s BRIDGE Program. The Spring program activities will run February – May 2017. As a[…]
The iEARN-Palestine team, together with the Excellence Center in Hebron, conducted their first face-to-face BRIDGE Program workshop on October 8, 2016 at the Batter Municipality and Library. Fifteen new iEARN teachers from The workshop Hebron, North and South of Hebron, Bethlehem and Jerusalem attended the workshop and were trained by six experienced iEARN participants. The main goal of the workshop was to equip the participants[…]
TEARN (Tunisian Education and Resources Network) conducted it’s second BRIDGE educators workshop on September 6th, 2016 at CNTE( National Center for Technology in Education) in Tunis. The venue was exceptional! Teachers came from various parts of the country. CNTE officials greeted participants and country coordinator, Basma, made a presentation on iEARN, its goals ,missions and introduction to the BRIDGE Program. The workshop included[…]
mEARN, an iEARN BRIDGE partner, is a non-profit organization in Morocco thatworks on promoting young students 21st century skills in English Language together with the use of new technology. This can be seen through PBL (Project Based Learning), collaboration, video conferences, and forum discussions with other school outside Morocco. On October 1-2nd, mEARN hosted their first face-face BRIDGE[…]
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