January 7, 2014

New Video Featuring CSYN Teachers

Check out our new video featuring teachers from the U.S., Morocco, and Egypt who share about their global projects as part of the Chris Stevens Youth Network and how online collaboration has impacted their students! In the Chris Stevens Youth Network (CSYN), high schools, teachers, and students in the United States, Middle East, and North Africa connect online and collaborate on class projects. CSYN give youth an international experience, build relationships across countries and provide a deeper understanding of global and local issues in their curriculum.

This Spring semester, join teachers like Kathy, Alshaimaa, and Abdeljallal in collaborating on a global project with CSYN. iEARN-USA is offering online course scholarships for U.S. high school teachers interested in planning and conducting projects with schools from 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Teachers who participate in the online course will meet educators from around the world, learn about global project-based learning, and conduct collaborative projects with schools in other countries.

Reserve your spot for the next online course, beginning mid-February 2014, by submitting a brief statement of interest to receive more information from iEARN-USA on getting started in the program. Please note that applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be finalized prior to the start of the online course in February.

October 17, 2013

New CSYN Teachers Guide for Online Collaboration and Global Projects

iEARN-USA announces the launch of a new resource for educators to design and implement global, collaborative projects. Through the Chris Stevens Youth Network (CSYN), the U.S. Department of State's virtual exchange program to connect schools in the U.S. with schools in the Middle East and North Africa, this new Teacher's Guide to Online Collaboration & Global Projects will help educators and youth worldwide collaborate on global themes.

This resource is designed to guide educators through the steps of planning and conducting an online, collaborative project with classrooms around the world. The guide includes nine modules to help teachers plan and develop a Chris Stevens Youth Network project through iEARN. Each module includes reflection activities to develop a project plan and additional resources to further explore a topic. The nine modules guide teachers through:

  • Developing a project idea and selecting a CSYN project;
  • Making a project plan;
  • Building relationships with educators and students through digital dialogue;
  • Using technology tools in your global project;
  • Engaging the community in your classroom project;
  • Presenting, exhibiting, and assessing student learning in global projects.

The Chris Stevens Youth Network Teacher's Guide to Online Collaboration & Global Projects is now available to view and download online!

To learn more about the next round of online courses (starting in February) and how to get started in CSYN, submit a statement of interest form online.

August 26, 2013

Scholarships for U.S. Teachers to Connect with Peers in the Middle East and North Africa

iEARN-USA is offering online course scholarships for U.S. high school teachers interested in planning and conducting projects with schools from 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa as part of the Chris Stevens Youth Network (CSYN). Teachers who participate in the online course will conduct fall projects with schools in other countries and can present their project work online in the November Global Education Conference for International Education Week.

iEARN-USA's co-facilitated online courses guide educators in evaluating and aligning global projects with curriculum standards as part of an integrated project plan. Educators develop a unique project plan for their own classroom, working alongside other course participants from several other countries.In this course, participants will learn how to integrate an iEARN project into their classroom by developing a project plan in collaboration with other teachers from the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States. As part of the course, participants will examine various projects suitable for secondary school students around 8 global themes including environment, civic education, social entrepreneurship, empowering girls, peace education, food security, health, and literacy and education

To learn more about the fall online course and how to get started in CSYN, submit a statement of interest form online by September 21, 2013.

June 30, 2013

Christopher Stevens Youth Network Master Trainer Workshop

Educators from 15 different countries participated in a 3 day Christopher Stevens Youth Network Master Trainer Workshop held in Doha, Qatar. iEARN and the Buck Institute of Education lead instruction on project-based learning and international collaboration. The teachers worked together to develop project plan designs they will implement with their students back home. Using the online iEARN Collaboration Centre, these teachers and their students will continue to connect and collaborate on project work. The Christopher Stevens Youth Network is made possible through the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

See workshop photos >

May 20, 2013

Christopher Stevens Youth Network highlighted by Secretary of State Kerry

In remarks today to the Foreign Service Institute Overseas Security Seminar, Secretary of State Kerry highlighted the power of virtual exchange to provide educators and youth with a meaningful international exchange experience, noting

"...today we also have digital bridges to connect different cultures – and I don’t just mean Facebook and Twitter. The State Department’s Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau runs a virtual exchange program that connects teachers and students in the United States with their counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa. These students are working together online, learning from each other about their cultures and history, and they’re forging lasting relationships."

iEARN is proud to be managing the U.S. Department of State's Christopher Stevens Youth Network, an initiative to engage students and educators in the Middle East and North Africa with their counterparts in the United States in meaningful, curriculum-based project-based learning.  This month, over 75 educators across 20 participating countries completed an immersive online professional development course experience in preparation for bringing students in to global collaborative project work.

The Christopher Stevens Youth Network is made possible through the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Read the full transcript here >