Chapel Hill, N.C. (PRWEB) December 24, 2013
VIF International Education, the leading provider of global education programs for K-12 schools, announced Tuesday that its Global Schools Network will provide Global-Ready designation for teachers, schools and districts that demonstrate proficiency in and a commitment to global education.
The Global Schools Network, established in 2011 to connect leaders and advocates of international education, strives to ensure that all students are prepared to compete, collaborate and communicate in a global society. This process begins with teacher preparation that must be supported at the school and district level in order to have the greatest impact.
Global Gateway, an integrated online system for teacher professional development, is a turnkey solution for any education institution to achieve global competency and transform student outcomes.
Global competence indicators developed by curriculum experts at VIF are at the heart of the Global Gateway system. These student indicators provide grade-level frameworks for integrating global awareness into classroom practices, and aim to help leaders establish a learning environment in which teachers and students develop deep cultural knowledge and explore the ways culture influences identities and worldviews.
“Global education, for too long, has been reserved for the lucky few. Global Gateway provides a solution to the scale challenges that have restricted access for decades. Now, global awareness and competence is the new baseline and everyone can take part,” said David Young, CEO at VIF.
The Global Gateway system integrates teacher professional development, an engaging community of educators and a robust classroom resource library containing thousands of expert- and teacher-created lessons. These lessons, available in English, Spanish and Mandarin, are rooted in project-based learning and are aligned to Common Core and other national standards. Global Gateway covers all subjects and levels to provide any K-12 teacher a pathway to Global-Ready designation.
Teachers earn Global-Ready designation upon completion of 40 hours of professional development that includes the creation of at least four global project-based lessons and submission of evidence that proves classroom implementation. This designation, represented by a portable badging credential, signifies their ability to integrate global instruction and problem-based learning in the classroom.
Global-Ready schools and districts earn their designations by developing and implementing global education plans that address student achievement and teacher professional development. These forward-thinking institutions offer globally infused curriculum for their students and support advanced certification for teachers.
Teachers can begin their journey towards Global-Ready designation at http://www.viflearn.com.
About VIF International Education
VIF International Education (http://www.vifprogram.com) builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. For more than 25 years, educators have leveraged VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and teacher exchange programs to generate engaging learning environments where students can excel in core curriculum as well as develop valuable critical and creative thinking skills. A certified B Corp and ‘Best for the World’ honoree headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C., VIF provides a pathway for teachers, schools and districts to become globally designated. “Like” VIF International Education on Facebook and follow @VIFprogram and @VIFlearn on Twitter.
About Global Schools Network
The Global Schools Network (http://www.globalschoolsnetwork.com) recognizes excellence in international education and includes schools, districts and partners around the world. The network is coordinated by VIF International Education and serves as a platform for global-ready assessment, strategic planning, certification and celebration such that all teachers, principals and partners in education commit to ensuring globally competent citizens enter an international marketplace with the skills and perspectives to succeed.
About Global Gateway
The Global Gateway system (http://www.viflearn.com) offers a simple integrated platform for educator professional development, lesson plans and classroom resources, digital badging for achievements and participation in an incredible collaborative community of global educators. Through purposeful ongoing Global Gateway professional development, teachers anywhere in the world can learn to effectively integrate global content into their core instruction.
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