Dear Partners and Friends,
Spring is here! This is my favorite season because it's all about busy and fresh growth. In March we presented the future of education at the SXSW festival, formed the future in a groundbreaking meeting to rollout Globaloria WV statewide, changed the future through training academies for school leaders and strategizing the advancement of broadband learning with national and local leaders, and inspired the future by celebrating education leaders who have bravely planted innovation roots in their schools.
Your contribution to our 501(c)3 will support economically-disadvantaged and technologically-underserved youth in public school systems in low-income rural and urban communities.
The West Virginia Department of Education brought together 50 education leaders on March 25th to strategize and draft a statewide rollout plan for the Globaloria network, to be presented to the state board of education in Fall 2011.
On March 24th, nine principals and superintendents were named the 2011 Winners of the first Annual Globaloria Leadership Inspiration Award. In a ceremony in Charleston, Erik Huey of ESA, Monica Beane of WVDE and Idit Caperton, presented each of the winners with game-design tools in recognition of their entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in integrating Globaloria successfully in their school systems. The three Grand Prize winners, Sandy River Middle School Principal Stacy Lusk, Greenbrier West High School Principal Randy Auvil, and Logan County Superintendent Wilma Zigmond received Game-Designer Kits (Laptop, Adobe Flash software, and Flip Camera) to hone their skills and inspire others.
Frontier West Virginia, a division of Frontier Communications Corporation, has become the newest partner in the effort to expand the deployment of the Globaloria network throughout the state of West Virginia. Frontier's support helps connect schools in rural communities to broadband learning, and empower youth with the necessary digital literacies in civics, STEM, and 21st-century skills.
On March 24th, the World Wide Workshop Foundation hosted the first dinner event in a series to discuss STEMing and virtualizing education for all the nation's students. The event brought together representatives from national and local government, business, policy, and secondary and higher education to strategize far-reaching and replicable solutions for innovative broadband learning.
At this years' South by South West festival, two Globaloria Educators and a student representative from EACPA discussed the power of game design for STEM learning in a panel entitled "Globaloria: Video Game Design in Education," and Idit Caperton also participated in a panel called "Child’s Play: Game Design as an Educational Gateway." "We were delighted to be featured in two SXSW panels and to highlight our innovation in education through emerging game-making technologies," remarked Laura Minnigerode, Globaloria Researcher. "We were especially excited to give our 6th and 7th grade educators a forum to showcase their incredible growth and progress over the past year."
More than 60 Principals and Superintendents attended the March Hands-On Academy led by Denise Stalnaker, Globaloria WV State Manager, Shannon Sullivan, VP of Programs, and a cadre of experienced Globaloria Mentor Educators. The Academy is designed to hone the essentials of game-design, and deepen insight into students' and teachers’ experience within the Globaloria network. "This training empowers principals and superintendents to inspire, guide and support the incredible network of Globaloria educators and make sure the network grows to reach its full potential in each of their schools," commented Shannon.