We are thrilled to share some news about a great innovation initiative which has just begun in our school. It’s the JDO Global Partnership Program, a partnership between the JDO Foundation and Casa Thomas Jefferson whose main goal is to develop teachers’ and students’ global and digital citizenship skills. The partnership was born of a recent connection made between Beth Rabello, Denise De Felice, Mariana Sucena and JDO’s CEO Heather Rooney during the 2018 ISTE conference in Chicago in March.
JDO’s misson is to provide an enriched educational experience for U.S. and international classrooms (students aged 8-14 years) by providing state of the art technologies (if needed), and professional training to the educators managing these technologies. JDO facilitates global collaboration among partner schools to enable students to be accomplished, well-informed digital citizens. The Program matches international partner teachers and provides a framework to build co-curricular lesson plans that will inspire creative and innovative collaborative learning experiences for students.
Our students and the students from Betsy Ross Elementary School and Benito Juarez Elementary School, both located in Anaheim, California, will collaborate weekly through email, Google Classroom, and blog, and they will also connect in a live setting via Google Hangouts. We have six Teens 6 groups piloting this project. Two groups in our Asa Sul branch with teachers Lilian de Melo and Victor Hugo Andrade, two in Sudoeste with teachers Abimael Almeida and Candice Rauter, and two in Lago Sul with teachers Helena Stegawski and Natalia Duda this semester. Teens Course Coordinator Sílvia Caldas is working closely with the team, coordinating all pedagogical aspects for the success of this wonderful project.
JDO also offers free professional development modules on various relevant areas related to innovative teaching practices leveraged by digital technology, which is totally in synch with our own innovation and teacher digital transformation program, Vision 2020. As a matter of fact, the six teachers involved in this project will be the first ones to start their Vision 2020 learning journeys by taking advantage of all the learning that will take place during the development of this partnership during this semester. (Stay tuned to find out more about how you can start your own Vision 2020 very soon!)
The Casa mission is to facilitate and deliver unique learning experiences for our students. This partnership will ceratinly foster plenty of opportunities for us to do just that. Not to mention that we are very proud to be the first school in Brazil to have been invited to be a partner in their program.
Stay tuned for more JDO & CTJ Global Partnership Program updates soon. We are working to make this project a success so that more Teens 6 groups, or even other courses, will be able to take part in such a enriching and connected learning opportunity for teachers and students alike.