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.
Written by Elham Shamsan, teacher at Alta’lok School in Ibb, Yemen Our project is a result of the situation in which Yemen is going through wars and destruction and the media reports to other countries showing that Yemen is beginning to deteriorate. Bad images of Yemen are created from outside countries through media and social media.[…]
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 Fall by joining iEARN’s BRIDGE Program. The Fall 2017 program activities will run September December 2017. As a BRIDGE[…]
What is your name? Tahani Alswidi Which iEARN project are you doing? My Identity, Your Identity Where do you teach? Sanaa Advanced School, Yemen What age do you teach? 7th, 8th, and 9th grade Math Tell us your story. I’m extremely eager to introduce my students to the world at large through the iEARN program. Because of many[…]
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 […]
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