EFAC DREAMS "Global Citizenship Program" Major Presenter at the 2010 National Staff Development Conference - Seattle

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Education For All Children’s EFAC DREAMS global citizenship program selected from over six hundred applicants to present at the National Staff Development Conference in Seattle. Presenter Ryanne VanSciver will focus on the national initiative of global citizenship and present a unique way to teach students of all grade levels about the responsibility of global citizenship with a dynamic integrated learning program where students interact with their African counterparts. The EFAC DREAMS beta program will expand to be in over 40 classrooms in the upcoming academic year after much success in 2010.

Education For All Children’s EFAC DREAMS, a unique school based global citizenship program was selected from over six hundred applicants to present at the National Staff Development Conference. The NSDC will host their annual summer conference in Seattle, Washington July 18-22. It draws over twelve hundred teachers and administrators to further professional development and student achievement.

EFAC DREAMS is the only presenter at the conference that focuses on the national initiative of Global Citizenship. EFAC DREAMS is a strategic partner with Education For All Children (EFAC), a NH based non-profit, providing scholarships to secondary and university students in developing countries. The EFAC Dreams program focuses on bringing global awareness into schools through connections with EFAC Scholars and is currently a pilot program in eight classes in a Denver Colorado school.

Three participating teachers in the 2009-2010 EFAC DREAMS pilot program in Denver noted that:    
•Students became deeply involved with the EFAC scholarship student that was at the center of their curriculum and they learned from the similarities and differences between their cultures.

  •     The program enabled the teachers to incorporate criteria from every subject matter in a meaningful manner.
  •     Students became engaged in a way the teachers had not been able to accomplish before.

EFAC’s Beta program will target forty classrooms in five New Hampshire and Colorado schools for the 2010-2011 academic year. This school based program focuses on strengthening school curriculum by incorporating a global focus. The curriculum provides an authentic learning experience with the use of technology (http://rvansciver.glogster.com/meet-brian/), critical thinking skills, problem solving and connection with EFAC Kenyan Scholars.

At the NSDC conference innovative educator, Ryanne VanSciver, EFAC DREAMS Development Coordinator, will present a unique way to teach students of all grade levels about the responsibilities of global citizenship. EFAC DREAMS accomplishes this by creating a dynamic integrated learning program where students interact with their counterparts in African schools. Students understand the similarities of effects of weather, economics, geography and other facets of life which create a sometimes vastly unbalanced but ultimately similar life between people from different countries. The engaging rigorous curriculum develops deeper skills in a multitude of core areas.

Education For All Children, a New Hampshire based non-profit, provides scholarships to qualified and underprivileged secondary and university students in the developing world. In addition to scholarships EFAC provides mentoring and global connections to these exceptional students in order to encourage leadership, economic progress, cultural understanding and a more peaceful world.

Ryanne VanSciver, EFAC Education Development Coordinator and NSDC’s selected presenter has been an educator for the past six years. She has a Master’s Degrees in Curriculum, Instruction, and English as a second language.

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Education For All Children
Ryanne VanSciver
11 Heather Drive, Rye, NH 03870
Tel: 603-436-3826 / Fax: 603-436-4627
http://www.educationforallchildren.org
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