Awards Bestowed for Global Education
The States Institute on International Education in the Schools, held here last week, served as a stage for the Goldman Sachs Foundation, a New York City-based philanthropy, to announce its Prizes for Excellence in International Education.
Winners for 2004, the awards program’s second year, are:
• The Chinese American International School, San Francisco. The pre-K-8 private school, founded in 1981, has grown into a 363-student institution that uses bilingual immersion in the English and Mandarin Chinese languages.
• The International School of the Americas, San Antonio. The high school was originally established with a heavy focus on studying free-trade issues. Today, it has formed partnerships with numerous international organizations and set up sister-city relationships with foreign communities.
• The Metropolitan Learning Center, Bloomfield, Conn. The public magnet school has integrated international affairs throughout its curriculum. Recently, students established a system for holding teleconferences with Iraqi students, before and during the ongoing war in that country.
• The state of Wisconsin. The state has made numerous strides in helping K-12 educators incorporate international studies in different parts of the curriculum, and has created professional-development programs to help teachers lead those subjects.
• Michigan State University, East Lansing. The institution has set up numerous training programs to help current and future K-12 teachers teach global issues. The university has also crafted numerous Internet-based resources and study materials for teachers and their students.
• Globe, an online program. With financial support from several U.S. government agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the Web site, at www.globe.gov, offers students and teachers basic information about science, teacher training, suggestions for experiments, and links to school science projects in many countries, and allows them to work on science projects with youths from around the world.
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