Connecting Students Globally

By Communication and Community Relations Staff
Spotlight
May 08, 2018
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Global Collaboration at Centreville ES

Walking into the 4th grade classroom at Centreville ES is a perfect way to see our Portrait of a Graduate in action. Students are collaborating with schools in Costa Rica to tackle global challenges.

Eight schools are serving as pilot schools for the new initiative: Braddock, Centre Ridge, Centreville, Fox Mill, Garfield, and London Towne Elementary Schools; and Carson and Lanier Middle Schools.

The initiative aligns with Ignite, the district’s strategic plan, by ensuring “that all students receive an education in a dynamic environment designed to foster lifelong learning and support them in achieving their full potential.” It promotes global awareness by connecting FCPS students with students in other countries, enabling them to explore issues impacting the world, and having teachers embed real-world learning opportunities and Portrait of a Graduate attributes throughout the curriculum.

Global Classroom locations; The Global STEAM Classroom Initiative connected 5th grade students at Centreville Elementary with students at their partner school in Costa Rica; Lanier Middle School is building on its robust sustainability program by connecting with students at Apeejay School in New Delhi, India; At Fox Mill Elementary, Japanese immersion students are expanding their language acquisition by communicating with students in their partner school in Japan.

Centreville Elementary | Costa Rica

Students at Centreville Elementary are well into their Global Classroom project; two years ago, the Global STEAM Classroom Initiative connected Centreville students with students at their partner school in Costa Rica. The students communicated via Google Hangout, at first learning about each other, then creating projects and addressing problems that exist in each country while working together on solutions to the problems. Costa Rican teachers have visited Centreville Elementary, working directly with the students they met via the video conference sessions.

Fox Mill Elementary | Japan

At Fox Mill Elementary, all 6th grade students are exploring the question "How does where we live impact what we learn?" They are learning about the culture and education system in Japan, and creating short videos to introduce their school building and activities to students in Japan. They are learning about global citizenship and the importance of cultural proficiency as part of the project.

Lanier Middle School | India

Lanier Middle School is building on its robust sustainability program by connecting with students at Apeejay School in New Delhi, India, to study water pollution in both countries and its impact on watersheds. Lanier’s program is designed to help students understand the causes of water pollution, human impact on watersheds, and how to prevent or reduce water pollution using web-based technology platforms, video conferencing, and visual displays.

Other schools have partnerships with classes in Guatemala, Spain, Peru, and China; another has a robust third grade science curriculum that is impacting students at all levels.

Working in school innovation teams, educators collaborate on a global classroom project plan, and indicate one Portrait of a Graduate attribute on which to focus. With support from specialists in the Instructional Services Department, teachers design authentic learning experiences for students the connect the POG attribute, content they are teaching, and one of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The vision is for students to learn what it means to live in an interconnected world while developing attributes of the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate.

Today’s classroom provides a lively, evolving atmosphere for students to learn not only about core subjects but also the world around them. FCPS’s new Global Classroom pilot project is designed to enable every school to learn about the world through five different pathways:

Graphic showing 1. Sustainability 2. Language acquisition 3. Cultural proficiency 4. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) 5. content enrichment

 

"That all students receive an education in a dynamic environment designed to  foster life-long learning and support them in achieving their full potential.” IGNITE  Strategic Plan
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FCPS Students Talk with Students in Costa Rica