VIF Brings Global Gateway to Kentucky Department of Education

A partnership between VIF and the Kentucky Department of Education aims to enhance K-8 learning to prepare students to compete in today’s global society.

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The Kentucky Department of Education and VIF are natural partners and share a commitment to ensuring students develop the skills and knowledge essential for effective global citizenship.

Chapel Hill, N.C. (PRWEB) July 21, 2014

VIF International Education, the leading provider of global education programs for K-12 schools, announced Monday a partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education to further the state’s strategic priorities for creating next generation learners.

During the June 2014 Kentucky Board of Education meeting, Commissioner Terry Holliday renewed his commitment to make global competence the next step to the state’s college- and career-readiness strategy. According to the NEA policy brief, “Global Competence is a 21st Century Imperative”; global competence includes the knowledge, skills and dispositions to understand and act creatively on issues of global significance.

With international exports at an all-time high and 96 percent of its potential market outside of the U.S., Kentucky’s economy is becoming increasingly global. “It is imperative that our graduates, who will be obtaining work in firms that are exporting products and services, understand the language, culture, business climate and geopolitical issues they will be facing. This work must be integrated with existing programs in our schools,” said Commissioner Holliday in a recent blog post.

Through the Learn and Launch Grant, the Kentucky Department of Education’s partnership with VIF will provide K-8 schools with access to VIF’s Global Gateway system, enabling educators to effectively integrate global content into core instruction while providing support for planning effective implementation of strong world language and global competency programs. The Global Gateway system offers online educator professional development, curricular resources, digital badging for achievements and participation in a growing and collaborative community of more than 4,000 global educators worldwide.

The Learn and Launch Grant request for application was sent to all Kentucky K-8 schools on July 14 and applications will be accepted through August 14. Elementary and middle schools may apply for grants of $15,000 per site for global competency professional learning and planning, along with world language programs, during the 2014-2015 academic year.

“We’re excited to add Kentucky to the growing list of states we partner with to support and grow K-12 global competency initiatives,” said VIF CEO David Young. “The Kentucky Department of Education and VIF are natural partners and share a commitment to ensuring students develop the skills and knowledge essential for effective global citizenship.”

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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.

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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