For five years now, students from FWSU have engaged in global learning exchanges through the International Virtual Schooling (IVECA).
During this time we have worked closely with Dr. Eunhee Jung, founder of IVECA Center for International Virtual Schooling. Dr. Jung has shared that “FWSU is indeed a leading school district in globalizing teaching and learning.”
Our first Global cultural exchange was in 2012 with South Korea. Since then, we have expanded with teachers from all three schools integrating global communities through technology into their classrooms. After the first exchange with South Korea, we broadened our global community to now include the countries Africa, Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Mexico, and Tunisia.
Some BFA Fairfax students singing our school song to our partners in #Delhi #India this morning @edutopia #fwsu #vted @goglobalvt pic.twitter.com/r4kPUhq38L
— Ned Kirsch (@betavt) January 31, 2017
Recently Edutopia wrote an article chronicling recent global connections. You can read about it here.
Through these exchanges, teachers and students have created a learning environment in which global communities are integrated into everyday learning.
A special thanks to the following classroom teachers: Alexis Bell (GEMS), Sandy Brown (BFA), Melinda Carpenter (BFA), Karen Lehning (GEMS), Kay Lee (GEMS), Sandy Leclair (GEMS) John Mahoney (GEMS), Kendra Meyers (BFA), Ben Psaros (BFA), Andrew Sealey (BFA), Jen Skerrett (BFA) Heather Sikorsky (GEMS), Heather Sullivan (GEMS), Cassie Underwood (FES), and Erin Young (GEMS) – many have participated for multiple years.
Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners. FWSU staff and students engage in authentic learning opportunities with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.