This week, meet one of our Global Ambassadors from Lithuania, Egle Bridikiene! She teaches at Martynas Mažvydas progymnasium and loves how PenPal Schools helps her students develop digital citizenship.
Teachers who love PenPal Schools so much that they share it with colleagues throughout their school, state, and country often become Global Ambassadors. These teachers don’t just connect students globally, they are masters at supporting global project-based learning in their classrooms and school communities.
So what about PenPal Schools made these teachers so enthusiastic that they wanted to help spread the PenPal love? We caught up with four of our ambassadors recently to learn more about why they love PenPal Schools.
How does immigration affect your community? Though politics and the news seem filled with nothing else, it can be difficult to see past the rhetoric to the people just beyond our doors. PenPal Schools Global Ambassador Anna Dudich and her students set out to change that by joining the PenPal Schools project Immigration in the 21st Century.
We met up with Anna to learn more about how she fostered global thinking and local action in this project based learning example from Ukraine.
Guest post written by PenPal Schools Global Ambassador Gary Kolenbrander from USA
I was delighted when PenPal Schools asked if I’d be interested in writing a guest blog post about what I had conveniently termed a “Growth Cultural Mindset,” a lexical mash-up of scholar Carol Dweck’s popular and influential learning theory with the idea of openness to other cultures. While this is a term that occurred to me in a moment of inspiration while preparing a lesson on cross-cultural exchange via Penpal Schools’ online cultural exchange and learning platform, it’s hardly one that I can claim as my own, as it is a fairly obvious association with antecedents in sociological work on cultural competency, as well as existing academic frameworks that already flesh out the relationships between the two concepts. That said, I am honored to have the opportunity to delve into this intersection of ideas that I am both passionate about and believe is sorely needed in today’s world.
This week, meet one of our Global Ambassadors from India, Jalpa Sheth! She teaches English in an international school in India. Learn more about her and why she loves PenPal Schools!
This week, meet one of our Global Ambassadors from Taiwan, Susan Tang! She teaches English to grades 2-4. Learn more about Susan and why she loves PenPal Schools!
This week, meet our Global Ambassador from Uruguay in South America! Flavia Núñez teaches English as a second language in several schools throughout her hometown of Montevideo.
PenPal Schools Global Ambassadors improve our community by supporting educators around the world and sharing their global education practices. This week, meet Lori Wu, our Global Ambassador from Taiwan!
We are so lucky to get to work with and support incredible educators from around the world. This week, meet Liz Bailey, our Global Ambassador from New Zealand. She’s taught students in the USA and New Zealand, and expands PenPal Schools projects to connect them with other school-wide projects! Learn more about Liz and why she loves PenPal Schools.
PenPal Schools Global Ambassadors improve our community by supporting educators around the world and sharing their global education practices. This week, meet Anna Dudich, our Global Ambassador from Ukraine, and learn how she collaborates with math and science teachers in her school to bring global project-based learning to her entire school community!