Global Ready

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 […]

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New Beginnings

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 […]

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Images of Hope and Caring

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 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, […]

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For Online Learning, It’s Who You Know

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 […]

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Bridges That Need to Be Built

  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 […]

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