Asking the Why Questions

The new Hunger, Poverty & Inequality Portal brings together organizations to allow teachers and students to go to one location and get inspired, learn, act and reflect on the problem of hunger, poverty & inequality and show them that they can make a difference. Check out the video below and hear how these organizations are helping teachers and their students to take constructive steps in becoming part of the solution.

Let’s all ask the why questions.

New Beginnings

CSYNFive years ago today in Cairo, Egypt, President Obama called for an expansion of programs to connect U.S. and Muslim youth:

On education, we will expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America. At the same time, we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities. And we will match promising Muslim students with internships in America; invest in online learning for teachers and children around the world; and create a new online network, so a young person in Kansas can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo.

iEARN is pleased to contribute to this effort through programs like the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program, the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, and the Chris Stevens Youth Network.

iEARN-USA looks forward to working with the Obama Administration, like the Clinton Administration and Bush Administration before it, to support the critical investment in online learning for teachers and students worldwide. Globally connected learning is effective, inclusive, and transformative. The new Connected Learning Alliance, The Exchange 2.0 Campaign, Connected Educatorsand the new Collaboratory will amplify and accelerate this globally connected learning, which one day will simply be known as “learning.”

We invite teachers and students worldwide to join us and our partners to create new beginnings for your classroom.


Anniversary Gifts

iEARNVideo25-still_0iEARN turned 25 in 2013!

What better way to celebrate than by thanking you, our supporters and friends, with a copy of our 2013 iEARN-USA Annual Report.

In its pages, you’ll see the many ways iEARN-USA prepares young people to live and work in an interconnected world. 

Also check out our 25th Anniversary Video. 
And please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to IEARN-USA.

Your support enables iEARN-USA to continue helping young people learn to think critically and creatively and develop their ability to collaborate and solve real-life problems with their peers.
Thank you!
Daniel Rosenblum
Executive Director

Going Global on Edmodo

EdmodoJoin us today for the launch of our new iEARN-USA Publisher Page on Edmodo – a space for educators, administrators, and parents to connect and discuss global project-based learning.

Virtual exchange and globally connected learning are hot topics in 2014, and we’re pleased to share our projects, expertise, and cross-cultural collaboration guides with the more than 31 million Edmodo users.
Stay-tuned this year for collaborative webinars and other joint Edmodo-iEARN efforts to support teachers and students worldwide to build the global connections and competencies they need for their futures.
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Getting Creative in the TabLab

Getting Creative in the TabLabSince the launch of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program in 2003, iEARN-Pakistan has used online technologies to enhance English Language proficiency support to prepare students for a successful exchange year in United States.

This year, iEARN-Pakistan is introducing “TabLab,a pre-departure English language learning program for 108 YES students that leverages handheld devices with connectivity and accessibility from anywhere in Pakistan, including the remotest regions. The YES students in Pakistan, representing all four provinces and 38 different regions nationally, commonly do not have access to the quality resources and materials (books, dictionaries and other published materials). TabLab will serve as a one-stop solution, which will keep them connected with the group, teachers and facilitators 24/7.  Students will spend an average of 40 hours per month using this facility to improve their English.

TabLab benefits from a special discounted package negotiated with Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Limited (PTCL) to provide wireless Internet services across Pakistan. Through this package, every student will get wireless Internet connection and an Android device in February 2014 until their departure to the United States in August 2014.  Different open source and paid applications and software will be used for the activities. For webinars and online interactive sessions, Adobe Connect, Skype, Google, and Facebook will be the main platforms. Survey Monkey will be used for collecting different information about the students’ progress, challenges and opinions.

Activities facilitated by approximately four English Language Teaching professionals and experts in the field will include:

  • Learning through online English language teaching resources including those developed by U.S. Department of State i.e.;
  • Accessing self-paced English language teaching/learning materials and resources available online;
  • Participating in scheduled webinars and online interactive sessions for English language improvement and enhancement in understanding of cultural diversity and adjustment to a new culture; and
  • Participation in online collaborative projects and posting on selected project forums, such as Get to Know Others, Civics, Marriage Customs around the World, Cultural Recipes, Me and My Country, and Photojournalism.

Whether through Digital Storytelling workshops, the SMS partnership with SoukTel, or Youth TechCamps, iEARN is pleased to work our partners across the world and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to build upon the success of the YES Program through the creative use of new technologies.

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Getting Creative in the TabLab

The Big Day is Here!

The 12-month Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program 10th anniversary celebration reaches its zenith today as partners, host families, alumni and students on program connect virtually to share YES memories as well as 10th Anniversary cakes in their country chapters. We are honored by the special message on YouTube (above) from Evan Ryan, the Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Please join the celebration on Twitter @yesprogramnews using #KLYES10 and like us on Facebook to share the awesomeness.

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You are also invited to watch the 10th Anniversary Yearbook Video to see highlights from the yearlong celebration! The video will feature interviews with Senior Advisor at ECA, Rick Ruth, alumni from early years of the program, and a host family. After a look at the last 10 years of the YES program, as well as all of the 10th Anniversary celebration activities, the video looks forward to the next 10 years of the program.

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.47.57 PMFinally, from all of us at iEARN-USA, congratulations YES on 10 fabulous years. Sometimes a picture says it all

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Make a Meaningful Global Impact with iEARN-USA


Dear Friends of iEARN-USA,

Thanks to your generous contributions, iEARN-USA continues to build cross-cultural understanding through innovative youth exchange and collaborative-based learning initiatives.

As we look ahead to a busy 2014, we hope you will consider making a year-end contribution to iEARN-USA. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by December 31 in celebration of iEARN’s 25th anniversary in 2013.

Your donation is critical in helping ensure that iEARN-USA and its staff continue to make these life-changing programs available to as many young people around the world as possible.

Thank you!


When the Sky is not the Limit

 Adeel Pasha YES Alumnus, Pakistan

Join us on the YES Programs WebsiteTwitter, and Facebook for the next ten days as we celebrate a countdown to the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program 10th Anniversary Virtual Reunion. The festivities will culminate on December 12, beginning with a special message from Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 

iEARN is a founding partner of the YES Program, which was established by the U.S. Congress in October, 2002. This model 21st Century youth exchange program is funded through the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Each year, the YES Program provides scholarships for more than 900 high school students (15-17 years) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S.

YES participants, host families, and alumni mean the world to us, and to paraphrase YES Alumnus Adeel Pasha (above), this extraordinary program is only limited by our imaginations.


An Invitation to Explore Food Heritage, Hunger, and Security

On this Thanksgiving, we wanted to let you know how thankful we are to have such dedicated and amazing teachers as part of the International Education and Resource Network. We recognize the outstanding work you do with your students and your commitment to providing them with a globally-focused education and skills for their success in school and their careers. Each year, inspired by your efforts, the team at iEARN-USA seeks out new programs and partnerships to support you and your students. This fall, we’re pleased to announce an exciting program beginning this fall called, Photojournalism 2.014: Heritage, Hunger, and Food Security. This program, funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, builds on iEARN’s World Youth News, Finding Solutions to Hunger Project, and several journalism education programs.
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Photojournalism 2.014 will engage educators and youth in Pakistan, Tajikistan, and the United States in cross-cultural collaboration to help them develop photojournalism and media skills.  Features of the program will include:
  • An online course and webinars for educators;
  • Photojournalistic education and fieldwork for students; and
  • The opportunity for educators and students to apply to participate in a three-day regional workshop and exhibition in Tajikistan at the conclusion of the program.

We are currently inviting U.S. high school educators, high schools and youth organizations in the U.S. to apply for participation in our Photojournalism 2.014 program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the program will begin in January, so be sure to apply soon! If you are not a U.S. high school teacher or administrator or U.S. youth organization staff member, please pass this along to others who might be interested. To find out more and how to apply, please visit our website, or contact Program Manager Nicole Weitzner at: or (212) 870-2693 ext. 4913.

Thank you again for all the work that you do, and Happy Thanksgiving!
World Youth News

Lesson For All at the Global Education Conference

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Universal Education for All. This is the second of eight Millennium Development Goals made by the United Nations in the most broadly supported, comprehensive and specific development goals the world has ever agreed upon.  It’s big. It’s important. It impacts us all. Lack of education contributes to world instability, inability to make informed decisions, spread of HIV, inability to develop full potential and lead productive, creative lives in accord with interest, among others.

After making great strides in this effort around the world in the past decade, progress has slowed down. There are still about 57 million primary aged children out of school. Conflict, gender policies, natural disasters, poverty, and location are some factors keeping children out of school.

The Campaign for Global Education, United States Chapter offers resources including the Lesson For All, a free series of units focusing on the fact that education is a human right, but one that nearly 132 million children worldwide do not enjoy. Each Lesson is mapped to Global Competence Matrix and the Common Core State Standards.

Find out more about these resources, the session of the Global Education Conference runs Monday, Nov. 18th  at 7:00pm GMT -6 during the free and online Global Education Conference. Find the time in your location here. 

The session description is here.

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