1. Putting Education Leaders in Learning Mode for a Day
  2. Expanding Learning and Leadership Opportunities for Educators
  3. Seeking and Providing Technology Expertise, Just-in-Time
  4. Increasing our Budget to Meet Growing Demand

1. Putting Education Leaders in Learning Mode for a Day

With an aim to stimulate learning at all levels of educational leadership, the World Wide Workshop Foundation invited principals and superintendents to participate in a Globaloria Academy in Charleston, WV on January 15. Principals and superintendents from 9 districts followed a hands-on learning program that included selected elements from their students’ ongoing work. “We understand that the long-term success of Globaloria is directly linked to the deep engagement of the educational leadership. Principals and superintendents not only provide critical support to educators, they are the key to sustainability and scaling,” commented Idit Caperton.


Attendees of the Principals and Superintendent's Academy

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2. Expanding Learning and Leadership Opportunities for Educators

In a continued effort to leverage the leadership skills of experienced Globaloria educators as the program scales across West Virginia, our January 15-16 Mid-Year Academy featured educator-run sessions, tailored to the diverse professional-development needs of participants at different levels of experience with the program. “Our leading educators helped us turn the challenge of addressing the diverse needs of our growing community into an incredible opportunity,” reflected Shannon Sullivan, Director of Programs. “We are very committed to learning-by-doing and peer-mentoring, and are constantly looking for ways to nurture the leadership potential of the community and ensure the program’s long-term sustainability. By putting experienced educators in the role of trainer and mentor, we achieved many of our goals. It was a great success!”


Mentor Bill Dorsey helps educator Natalie Ellis

Denise Stalnaker leads an academy session

Mentor Patrick Smith aids educator Larry Tackett

3. Seeking and Providing Technology Expertise, Just-in-Time


Meredith Battjer
If you are a Globaloria student at a rural middle or high school, how do you find a technical support expert to help you troubleshoot? We are pleased to introduce Meredith, our Wiki and Webmaster, who supports all Globaloria students and educators with live, on-demand technical assistance from the Foundation’s NYC headquarters. Within each Globaloria classroom, students must learn how to seek virtual expert support, which is an increasingly important 21st-century skill. Globaloria fosters the empowerment needed for students to learn how to contact Meredith through web-conferencing, chat and other virtual communication media. Meredith holds a Master’s Degree from the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program, and she also loves solving problems, which positions her perfectly to support the Foundation’s technical initiatives, as well as offer assistance to Globaloria educators and students via the network. “I am excited to share my passion for learning and technology with Globaloria students,” exclaimed Meredith, “and helping advance our inspiring mission!”

4. Increasing our Budget to Meet Growing Demand


Peggy Sloin
Peggy Sloin joined the Foundation a few months ago to help in writing grant proposals for funding the Globaloria program nationwide. Peggy has been researching and writing grant proposals and conducting strategic planning for many non-profit agencies, educational institutions, and corporations in central Ohio and nationally for 35 years. She also designed and conducted program evaluations for 21st-Century Community Learning Center grants, Even Start, and Technology Opportunity. “I enjoy working on growing our capacity to further distribute Globaloria. I am excited about our mission, and believe in what we are doing. Globaloria is the way to teach youth (and their teachers) to learn!” Since we have more demand for Globaloria than our budget allows, Peggy's goal is to double the Foundation's budget in 2010 and again in 2011 by reaching out to new funders to join those who have been with us since our inception.

 

 

 
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