Hear Bhavani Parpia at The Fulbright Symposium

Hear Bhavani Parpia at The Fulbright Symposium

ConnecTeach is proud to announce that Bhavani Parpia will present a talk entitled, “Resources and Best Practices for Global Educators” on April 27, 2019 at the Fulbright Symposium held at Southern Methodist University (SMU).

Admission is FREE.
Learn more and register
here.

Description

The Fulbright Symposium invites college students, K-12 educators, high school students, and community members from across North Texas to explore fellowship opportunities for global travel and cross-cultural exchange. Through the theme of “Human Rights and Global Education,” this community symposium seeks opportunities for mutual understanding and diverse perspectives in a divided world.

Attendees will receive hands-on advice from experts on how to start their Fulbright applications and pursue additional grants for international learning. Three hours of professional development (PD) credits are available for teacher attendees. The event includes a keynote address with Dr. Rick Halperin, opportunities for community networking, and a complimentary lunch for conference attendees. For more information, please contact Hope Anderson (heanderson@smu.edu) or Dr. Rachel Ball-Phillips (rmball@smu.edu).

Conference Hosts: Fulbright Association (Dallas Chapter), SMU National Student Fellowships, and the SMU Human Rights Program

Strategic Partners: World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

This program has been made possible by support from the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

ConnecTeach–Panel Discussion Participant

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The Difference We Make

Usha in Hope Foundation Kannagi Nagar describes how Connecteach has made a difference in her teaching and the lives of her students.

Help ConnecTeach when you shop for back-to-school supplies

Help ConnecTeach when you shop for back-to-school supplies

You can help ConnecTeach when you shop for back-to-school supplies on Amazon. You purchase and Amazon donates. It’s a simple and easy way to help us in our mission of education for all children.

Please support us:

#StartWithaSmile at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3192080 and Amazon donates.

Position Paper: “Early Language and Literacy in India”

Position Paper: “Early Language and Literacy in India”

ConnecTeach recommends EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY IN INDIA, A POSITION PAPER. We are proud and honored to have participated in the development of this document that “will enable policy makers and educators (practitioners and academicians) to develop a set of informed actions based upon the principles of language and literacy development in young children.”

The entire document is available here.

Today is #PrimeDay! #StartWithaSmile and @Amazon donates to Connecteach.

Today is #PrimeDay! #StartWithaSmile and @Amazon donates to Connecteach.

Today is #PrimeDay! #StartWithaSmile and @Amazon donates to Connecteach.

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Prime Day-July 12, 2016

2nd Annual International Conference on Education as a Human Right

2nd Annual International Conference on Education as a Human Right

The second annual International Conference on Education as a Human Right kicked off Saturday, April 16 in Farmington, NM.

Four panels of experts discussed how indigenous peoples, environmental issues, poverty and gender intersect with education.

ConnecTeach and the Dallas Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University sponsored the event along with Navajo Prep.

The first conference was held in 2015 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. This year, ConnecTeach and Embrey Human Rights Program partnered with Navajo Preparatory School to host the conference near the Navajo Nation in order to discuss the rights of indigenous people.

The keynote presentation was delivered by Zoe Tryon, founder of One of the Tribe, an organization dedicated to protecting the rainforest and the advancement of indigenous rights in the Amazon Basin. She spoke about her experiences working with the indigenous people in Ecuador, including people of the Cofán and Shuar nationalities.

Other speakers included Bhavani Parpia and Amy Merk from ConnecTeach, Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts, Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch, singer and domestic violence activist Radmilla Cody, and Jennifer Denetdale, an associate professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.

As with our conference last year at SMU , this year’s conference highlighted many important issues and initiated important conversations including the balance between preserving tribal culture while changing those practices that serve as barriers to gender and economic equality and environmental sustainability.

 

The Kikulu Foundation + ConnecTeach + Walugogo Teacher Training College

The Kikulu Foundation + ConnecTeach + Walugogo Teacher Training College

This past April (2016) in Uganda, ConnecTeach partnered with the Kikulu Foundation and Walugogo Teacher Training College in an initiative to train more than 350 teacher trainees and more than 15 training college instructors.

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In a country where teacher development opportunities are rare in rural communities, a teacher can spend an entire career without the opportunity to attend professional development focused on teaching and classroom management strategies. In fact, a Kikulu partner Director in Uganda never had the opportunity to attend a teacher development workshop in her 20-plus-year career. ConnecTeach is honored to be a part of this multi-year teacher development initiative and our role in the week-long workshop training current teachers and teacher trainees.

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“I teach because it is the only way to sustain life. It is a part of survival. Pupils become somebody through teachers”
– Walugogo Teacher

Once trainees complete their training and begin teaching, many of them will have classrooms of more than 100 students and will be required to teach with little to no resources. To make matters worse, they do not receive the continuous training they need to be most effective. In fulfillment of our mission to empower educators in the world’s poorest communities, we look forward to our partnership with the Kikulu Foundation and Walugogo Teacher Training College in providing access to professional teacher development to 353 teacher trainees and 17 teachers in rural Uganda.

ConnecTeach is a nonprofit organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by equipping teachers with the skills needed to give their students a quality education and lead in the development of the world’s poorest communities. We believe that teachers and students are the most powerful changemakers- locally and globally. Think. Change. Join our movement.

ConnecTeach Receives Dell “Powering the Possible” Grant

ConnecTeach Receives Dell “Powering the Possible” Grant

ConnecTeach is honored and proud to be the recipient of a one-year Dell Powering the Possible learning grant to support youth learning initiatives in partnership with Hope Foundation, Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad, India.

Dell Powering the Possible

Empowering the Next Generation provides tools, resources, and opportunities for teachers and students to move beyond basic technology skills and integrate digital literacy into Hope Foundation-affiliated classrooms so that children can achieve the critical 21st century learning skills to be globally competitive.  Empowering the next generation requires empowering their teachers, not only with the strategies to facilitate instruction so that all students are engaged, but also with the digital literacy needed to develop student skills to be on par with those who have privileged access to education.  A recent report on BBC News (Footnote 1) shows that there is an appalling 100-year gap in educational levels between students in developing countries when compared to their peers in developed countries. The intriguing question they pose is whether there is a “technological way for education systems to leap-frog a few stages forward.” We believe there is–by providing a strategic process whereby technology is viewed as a highly effective tool to complement classroom instruction, “a powerful springboard to higher-level learning”, that replaces a disconnected activity to be tacked only when time permits.

Empowering the Next Generation develops teacher instructional skills that are integrated with digital literacy. It is critically important for teachers and school leadership to increase their level of ICT competence in order for students to develop ICT skills.  Incorporating teacher outcomes into this project ensures scalability and sustainability of student learning outcomes. A balanced approach to improving student achievement and youth learning ensures that all stakeholders understand and acquire the skills and knowledge to effectively use digital resources and critical thinking skills to navigate a 21st century education. This also allows for grade-level and subject area alignment of instructional strategies, which increases the opportunity for collaboration among teachers as well as ensuring long-term student success.

Join ConnecTeach to Discuss Education as a Human Right

Join ConnecTeach to Discuss Education as a Human Right
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The International Conference on Education as a Human Right
Southern Methodist University
Saturday, March 28, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Embrey Human Rights Program, ConnecTeach, and the World Affairs Council Dallas Fort Worth will host international and national experts addressing the critical issues impacting education which include:
•  Poverty and Education
•  Gender Equity and Education
•  Race and Education
•  Disability and Education

Lunch will be provided for $10.00.

Please register through this website link:
https://www.dfwworld.org/IEP/Register

High Schools that would like to attend, but bring a sack lunch instead, may register at NO cost throughjbowden@dfwworld.org.