Dear iEARN Family, Followers, and Friends, What an incredible honor to be a member of the iEARN community for the past 17 years. As I move on to my next career adventure, I send you a fond farewell. The extent to which iEARN shaped my sense of global connectedness is indescribable. The impact on my personal […]Read more "Global Ready"
Five 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 […]Read more "New Beginnings"
Join us again this year for the fourth annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, to be held Monday, November 18 through Friday, November 22, 2013 (Saturday, November 23rd in some time zones). iEARN-USA is a founding partner of the Global Education Conference, which is […]Read more "The 4th Annual Global Education Conference"
We are excited to celebrate the kick-off of International Education Week by joining the Exchange 2.0 Coalition’s launch of this brand new website for virtual exchange. We hope that the new site will accelerate efforts to combine the deep impact of cross-cultural exchange with the broad reach of new media technologies to support the goal of […]Read more "Let’s Make International Education for Everyone"
Each 9/11 anniversary, I reflect on this George Packer piece in the April 2002 New York Times Magazine. This year, in light of the Mark Zuckerberg-led Internet.org announcement last month, Packer’s words seem particularly relevant: The globalization of the media was supposed to knit the world together. The more information we receive about one another, […]Read more "Images of Hope and Caring"
The national conversation about online learning has focused on what and how, but has given with whom short shrift. In his remarks this week to the Foreign Service Institute Overseas Security Seminar, US Secretary of State John Kerry underscored the importance of “with whom,” highlighting virtual exchange as a key US government strategy to provide educators and youth with a meaningful […]Read more "For Online Learning, It’s Who You Know"
Last fall, we introduced the Christopher Stevens Youth Network, an Exchange 2.0 effort that will offer complementary physical and virtual exchanges for 10,000 students and 400 educators in 20 countries. iEARN will support online project-based learning focused on eight thematic units: conflict resolution and peace education, the environment, civic education, social entrepreneurship, empowering girls […]Read more "Bridges That Need to Be Built"