Dear Partners and Friends,
As we enter 2011, the World Wide Workshop Foundation is charmed with a wealth of fresh faces and budding partnerships. I’m pleased to introduce new people, places, and map our ongoing growth and progress in establishing new models for education reform. Thank you for your interest and support!
- Launching Globaloria in NY
- Donation for Brooklyn Pilot of Free Adobe Software
- Introducing Yasmin Safdie, New Assistant Programs Manager
- Idit is the Honored Recipient of the 2010 Jessie McCanse Award
Otis Robinson, lead Globaloria educator at IS 364 in Brooklyn
The Foundation Team is delighted to announce the Globaloria network’s expansion to a new city: Brooklyn, NY. This January, a class of eighth graders at IS 364 Gateway in Brooklyn became the first pilot location in NY. School administrators are facilitating intensive learning for all Globaloria students with daily class periods of 90 minutes throughout the spring semester. Otis Robinson, a biology teacher who was inspired by the Globaloria STEM games, leads the experimental Globaloria class in Brooklyn. “We are excited about integrating Globaloria into our school’s curriculum. We searched for a great technology program for a long time. We are starting with one class now, but will consider more classes next year,” said Dale Kelly, IS 364's Principal.
IS 364 8th grade students learning the Globaloria way
In recognition of the unique educational model that Globaloria represents, Adobe Systems has donated Flash CS5 software to the Globaloria pilot at IS 364 Gateway School in Brooklyn, NY. This donation ensures that students can take complete advantage of the learning opportunity Globaloria offers, which is often out of reach for low-income, minority students. “This is the beginning of a mutually-beneficial relationship with Adobe to cultivate the 21st-century abilities needed for today's youth to become the next generation of engineers, scientists, and educational game designers,” said Dr. Idit Harel Caperton after her January meeting with Bob Regan, Director of Adobe Systems Worldwide K-12 Education Marketing.
|Original Flash games produced by Globaloria students|
Yasmin Safdie, Assistant Programs Manager
We welcome Yasmin Safdie, the newest addition to the World Wide Workshop Family. Yasmin helps structure and oversee the Globaloria Game Design Competitions and the Globaloria Research Partners Network. She also manages Globaloria deployments in West Virginia, EACPA and Brooklyn. Yasmin received her Masters in Social Work with a focus in Program Development and Community Organizing from Columbia University in May 2010; and has experience working in juvenile justice reform and as a community organizer. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to work on using technology for education reform in low-income communities. Education reform is one of my long time passions,” exclaimed Yasmin. “It is a great privilege for me to help manage the Foundation’s programs and support its growth.”
It is with pride that we announce that Dr. Idit Harel Caperton has been named a 2010 recipient of the Jessie McCanse Award for Individual Contribution to Media Literacy by the National Telemedia Council. "Idit has spent decades building and delivering curricula and learning initiatives for students from all backgrounds to develop critical thinking skills through technology," said Kathleen McCartney, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. "She is a leading educator whose work is closing the digital divide and equipping learners with 21st-century skills. I am proud that she began her career in education as a graduate student here at Harvard, and I am privileged to call her a friend and colleague."