VIF Announces 15th Annual Global Educator Awards Program

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K-12 teachers are invited to participate in the Global Educator Awards program for a chance to win travel vouchers, digital badges and recognition in the international education community.

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"... these teachers directly and profoundly impact student learning - they prepare students to become successful contributors to our world."

VIF International Education, the leading provider of global education programs for K-12 schools, proudly announced Tuesday that it is now accepting applications for the 2014 Global Educator Awards. This awards program recognizes teachers who demonstrate outstanding commitment to inspiring students, colleagues and community members toward understanding and appreciating the world’s languages, its cultures and the diverse perspectives of all people.

The competition is open to all members of the VIF learning center, a social learning platform that integrates Global Gateway professional development, an engaging community of educators and an extensive classroom resource library containing a wealth of globally themed expert- and teacher-created lessons. Teachers who complete a professional development module and create an original lesson plan based on their PD experience are eligible to participate in the awards program.

“The Global Educator Awards program serves to recognize teachers who, within the rigor and requirements of K-12 curriculum, are finding innovative ways to help their students see beyond the classroom walls,” said VIF CEO David Young. “Through ongoing professional development, these teachers directly and profoundly impact student learning - they prepare students to become successful contributors to our world.”

Curriculum and instructional design experts at VIF will select the best teacher-created lessons and will grant 10 Global Educator Awards to individual teachers. The VIF community will then vote for their favorite lesson from the top 10 and one lucky teacher will be recognized as the Global Educator’s Choice Award winner. VIF will also award a Global Team Award to a teaching team that collaborates to develop the best global education lesson implemented in several classrooms. Lesson plans of all award winners will be showcased as e-books in the VIF learning center and will be featured in a special compilation e-book later this year.

“My students’ knowledge has grown and that allows me to be more reflective and expand my knowledge as a teacher,” said Sharon McAdam, a middle school teacher and a winner of last year's Global Educator Award. “I am honored to have received this award. I learn new things from the students to share with others, so the experience is reciprocal.”

Any teacher can become a member of the VIF community to complete professional development and submit a lesson plan for Global Educator Award consideration. The deadline for submissions is March 17 and the winners will be announced later that month.

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About VIF International Education
VIF International Education ( 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.

About Global Gateway
The Global Gateway system 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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