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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, International, International Development, Literacy, Promotion of International Understanding, Youth Development

Mission: The mission of iEARN-USA is to empower young people, their schools and their communities through global collaboration and transformative learning.

Target demographics: Educators and Students

Geographic areas served: 140 countries

Programs: iEARN-USA provides professional development to help teachers integrate global project-based learning into educational standards around the world, including the U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Through online, global, classroom-to-classroom, project-based collaboration, students engage in direct learning experiences with peers globally through technology-assisted interaction, thereby going beyond learning about the world, to learning with others around the world. Students gain global competence in international project-based learning so that as adults they will realize that to deal with the world’s issues, they must be able to work together globally. In addition to online-focused activities, iEARN-USA facilitates and manages a number of physical exchanges for high school students, including the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) and the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program. NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for U.S. high school students to learn critical languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. YES provides scholarships for secondary school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend one academic year in the U.S.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 kathybosiak

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

#iEARN is the best kept secret that should be shared with every educator that wants their students to become globally aware and involved. Educators and students are provided with a safe , but engaging platform to share and develop project based learning projects or other projects that simply facilitate global and cultural excitement among students and their teachers in a way not offered in the general curriculum! I cannot express how much the content of this group has enhanced the learning of my students and provided me with an international cadre to build friendship and professional foundations with.

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dpotter Thank you for the kind words, Kathy!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

iEARN has had a transformative effect on my teaching and understanding of global education. Attending the 2007 conference in Mubarek City, Egypt, opened my eyes to the impact that this organization has on mutual respect and understanding among teachers and students around the world. Direct teacher-teacher and student-student contact through single-topic projects as well as multi-project Learning Circles deepens trust; students learn through these relationships that perceived barriers and mistrust are just that: perceptions that are radically altered by person-person contact. This is my 11th year with iEARN, and I cannot imagine my 6th grade (11-12 years old) Geography classes without iEARN. I am honored to be trusted with the role of Learning Circles Coordinator and plan to continue to work with iEARN even after I retire from full-time teaching. I have nothing but appreciation for the organization and its talented and devoted staff.

Respectfully - and gratefully,

Mark Cullen
University Prep
Seattle, WA, US

Margaret.Riel

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been connected with iEARN in many overlapping ways since 1988. This is an amazing organization. For all of these years, it has been helping students, teachers, and educators find ways to heal the planet by developing strong, caring relationships among all of her many people. With the mission of helping everyone feel the power of service learning, we have come together in dozens of countries and participated in the incredible stories of change. We have cheered as students first and second graders saved a pond that is now the center of a community park, as students bought and fixed bicycles for kids without parents to buy them, as students experimented with solar ovens to find the best model to share with families who cook over open fires, as special needs students worked together to solve the problems they identified at their schools, and as we told and heard hundreds of more stories that inspire the soul, and energize the spirit. My own contact has been as friend, project designer, conference participant, engaged educator, and now board member. In each of these roles I have been impressed with the dedication and devotion of all of the people who live the spirit of iEARN. I often describe it as the “united nations of schools” where students are the people who take responsibility for examining and solving the problems that are earth shaking. When we invite the generations of youth to the table, they have power to do what adults often find too complicated and too difficult to achieve. If there is hope to find in the world, it is in the interchanges between the youth of the world who see problems as invitations to innovate, and are willing to face history through facing themselves learning to see their own part in conflict and their own responsibility for conflict resolution. This is an organization that is doing undeniable good in the world and deserves the support and recognition of all of us. All students should have the experience of learning with the world, not just about it!

Dr. Margaret Riel
Project Facilitator and now Board Member
iEARN

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


I am fortunate for having been involved in iEARN for several years, initially as a teacher and now as a project facilitator in both the Bridge Program and Finding Solutions to Hunger. I cannot imagine another organization in which global, student-centered, professional and compassionate teachers work so closely in so many areas of our shared world on behalf of their students. This is iEARN.

Side-by-side with the many other critically valuable skills that all students have the right to develop, those of compassion for others, citizenship in a shared world and integrity of action are part of what iEARN’s teachers offer as they develop their global studies. That is precisely what makes it stand out. It is an organization whose mission is evident in every resource and every collaborative effort made by teacher who have designed the projects and participate in the outreach of its mission. In an online world that often is swarming with too much information, the projects are well-organized and accessible and versatile....qualities of information and protocol that I greatly value in an online world that often is swarming with too much information!

When I think about the meaning of iEARN’s mission and its clarity of purpose in the global world of education, I know that students in all of its projects will have the safety and openness of its forums in which to explore what they have learned as well as all that they might imagine and hope to learn. For them, along with new knowledge, comes outreach and connection leading directly to that.…many ideas, many actions, many gestures of partnership one at a time. This is iEARN.
Mary Brownell - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

edgragert

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since 1988 iEARN pioneered the use of connective technologies to enhance teaching and learning--long before Internet connections became a daily/hourly obsession. The organization had the vision that students will:
1) learn better and be more motivated to learn if they collaborate with peers globally (authentic audience); and
2) become global citizens, aware that they can address global issues by working together.

And even more impressive, iEARN was able to take its innovative and successful pilot project to scale, creating iEARN organizations in over 130 countries and engaging millions of young people and educators in collaborative and multi-lingual project-based learning. Over the past 28 years, approximately 20 million young people and 10s of thousands of teachers have been involved, learning WITH the world and not just ABOUT it.

What has been the key to iEARN's longevity and popularity? In my opinion it's primarily for two reasons: 1) because iEARN is teacher-driven, respecting them as professionals; and 2) all aspects of the organization are mission-driven: improving teaching and learning and making the world a better place through student collaboration.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first learned about iEARN in 1990. I admired its goal to enhance teaching and learning and to create global citizens by engaging young people in online collaborative educational project work. Over all these years, the organization has kept true to its goals and created a global community of educators and students who interact and collaborate internationally to enable students to both learn their school courses better because they're working with peers, but also to become global citizens.

I wholeheartedly endorse the work that the program and technical staff at iEARN-USA do and encourage others to support the organization.

Regards,

Ed Gragert

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

iEARN is the largest community of people worldwide who care for one another and who are passionate about their shared view of a more peaceful, safe and growing world. I have been with iEARN for more than 13 years and I feel the dramatic change that is operated among teachers who develop professionally thanks to programs ,such as BRIDGE(Building Respect Through Internet Dialogue and Global Education),thanks to online courses, to shared projects and to new technologies . We ,teachers and youth, worldwide, are tied to strong ,shared values ,that are and will definitely change our planet to the better.We are pioneers in using 21st century technology tools and skills to exchange ,on the spot, on a great variety of topics that bring life to the classroom and the classroom to the community. Improving the environment in our communities, empowering girls with quality education, exchanging ideas, photos, videos about our diverse cultures, history, families daily realities, all this can but foster mutual understanding ,openness, tolerance ,respect of diversity and ultimately can and will help our youth grow to live more peacefully .
HELA NAFTI
TEARN (iEARN Tunisia)

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iEARN-USA 03/30/2017

Thank you Hela! We look forward to our continued collaboration with TEARN!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

iEARN is an organization to which every globally-minded educator should belong. This is the best way to connect with teachers around the world, and to enable your students to connect with their peers. There is a steady stream of global projects with a wide range of participation. iEARN offers a lot of support and encouragement, and many opportunities to help your students gain the skills they need to engage with their world on a global level.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

iEARN has the merit of bringing all the countries of the world together through very interesting online collaborative projects, videoconferences and face-to-face meetings. Educators and students interact with each other regardless of their race, nationality, or religious beliefs. To me, this approach can only lead to establishing an atmosphere of trust, mutual respect, collaboration, and peace among all iEARNers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IEARN first step in my life as a teacher since 2003, I had no English but I have many things to do... When I am member ... IEARNer ... I found new gate to push me to the forward to complete my education .. And I am proud to be iEARN trainer and help our youth and teacher ..help my self in my education I have now PH.D. ... Thanks IEARN

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My story with iearn is distinguished .I've been with iearn 2000 started as one of the trainees in their workshop then and after WORKING WITH DIFFERENT PROJECT I BECAME THE COUNTRY representative.IEARN is the only safe educational network in the world that include students and educators.iearn is a supportive body for any educator who is willing to make the change.I have to admit that iearn has really changed my life in a positive way.My attitudes and the way I think has changed accordingly.Iearn is the first organization that spread the culture of learning with the world and this not as easy thing.Collaboration means a lot and it has different components.I'm a trainer now in my country and working on evolving all schools in iearn for its best impact on lives.

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iEARN-USA 03/29/2017

Thank you Kahraman, we so appreciate collaborating with you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with IEARN since 2000,first as a participant teacher thes as trainer and now as proffissional and coordinator for the country.Commitment towards all the members of iearn family distinguishes iearn US greatly.IEARN US has been the support for students and teachers in palestine for many years.All the staff is cooperative and committed.I always find then when I feel that we are stuck with any obstackle.I have many stories to tell about iearn US and our difficult journey in Palestine.They were there when we were in areal need for their help.Despite our complicated situation they determined to let our students be engaged in the projects through their support and facilitation

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Advisor

Rating: 5

My story with iEARN is amazing. I started working as a participant to the CSYN Online Course for four weeks where I learned plenty of things on Project-based learning. Then, I implemented all the principles of iEARN with teachers I am in charge of. (I am a high school supervisor). I started working with iEARNlgeria country coordinator. We organized face-to-face meetings around the country. Then, i became an online couse faciltator. I have trained many participants from the US and the MENA. I also participated in the iEARN Annual Conference in Qatar where I delivered a workshop. I met many iEARNers there. We have just organized our national event where we trained the Algerian participants to the BRIDGE Online Course to be ready for the practicum. Working with iEARN is a blessing. It is becoming a family, a community I cannot live without it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Twenty three years ago we founded Kids Can Make A Difference (KIDS) and spent 17 years as a program of WhyHunger. Both of us come from the corporate world and devote our efforts to making our community, country and world a better place for all. Jane had recently received her Doctorate in Nutrition Education from Columbia University. Her overriding interest was in hunger in the world. Since there is enough food in the world to feed everyone, she wanted to find out why hunger and poverty continue to persist.

At the time, Larry decided to bring his knowledge of marketing to address this problem, and we joined WhyHunger to aid in their efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty. We started as volunteer fund raisers for the organization and shortly thereafter became members of the board.

We came to the conclusion that if any real change was going to happen, it would have to be brought about by people younger than us. This lead to the establishment of Kids Can Make A Difference (KIDS).

This relationship with WhyHunger continued until six years ago, when we and WhyHunger felt that the time had come for a change. We no longer felt that being an education program embedded in a hunger program was the direction that would carry KIDS into the 21 Century.

KIDS needed to be allied with an education program that desired a strong hunger and poverty component. We did our home work and found that there was only one candidate that we felt would be a perfect fit for us.

That program was the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN).

We were impressed with iEARN’s mission and most of all with the management and staff of the organization. In our six years as a program of iEARN, Kids has been nurtured and flourished. With the establishment of the iEARN Finding Solutions to Hunger Project we now have students in many schools and countries learning about the root causes of hunger and poverty and working together to develop solutions where they can make a difference.

We look forward to continued growth within the iEarn network.

Peace,

Larry & Jane Levine, EdD

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iEARN-USA 03/28/2017

Thank you Jane and Larry! We are so grateful for your continued partnership.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are working closely with this fabulous organisation since 2002. Our scope of work include online and face collaborative educational projects. We implemented together several projects targeting schools, youth, teachers between US and Morocco.
Ans the story continue with always new projects and perspectives.

Mourad BENALI
Moroccan Education and Resource Network-MEARN
Morocco

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iEARN-USA 03/28/2017

Thank you Mourad! We are so excited to continue our partnership with MEARN and look forward to joining you in Morocco this summer.

1 kathybosiak

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

#iEARN is the best kept secret that should be shared with every educator that wants their students to become globally aware and involved. Educators and students are provided with a safe , but engaging platform to share and develop project based learning projects or other projects that simply facilitate global and cultural excitement among students and their teachers in a way not offered in the general curriculum! I cannot express how much the content of this group has enhanced the learning of my students and provided me with an international cadre to build friendship and professional foundations with.

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dpotter 11/06/2014

Thank you for the kind words, Kathy!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a master, veteran teacher who has traveled extensively, taught all science subjects to all levels of students and been involved with the scouting program for 28 years. So, you can see, I have been involved in all aspects of life that iEARN offers. I embrace globalism among my students and iEARN offers a wide range of student driven, student active and student interest projects that are shared all over the world. I cannot express my satisfaction with the projects available, the staff and the global environment that is iEARN. If you only have one choice for a resource site , this is it!

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I'm a teacher of English as a foreign language from Egypt. I have been engaging my students in the iEARN online projects for three years. I can notice how more open and understanding and confident my students become after sharing in these projects and activities, that vary and help our students all over the world to be more open, tolerant and aware of not only their local problems but also of the global issues as well. Sharing in such projects surely help my students to recognize the importance of the global cooperation and collaboration to solve out such problems and issues and to always believe that we not only can learn about each other but we also can learn from each other. It also help to develop the 21century skills among my students,consequently iEARN projects enhances their academic level and their personalities as well.
All in all iEARN is really a great non-profit website that can help people to live in peace and coexistence and make the peoples of the world more hopeful about the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

iEARN is an excellent organization. I had the chance to meet other teachers from my country & from around the world, and to exchange ideas, info, experience in a friendly atmosphere with mutual respect. Also my students had the chance to talk to other students at student's forums provided by IEARN while working on a project.

One of the wonderful things at iEARN beside discussions, courses and forums are the projects, wide variety of projects related to all subjects at school. Working in the projects at iEARN was so interesting, lot of great creative ideas provided by iEARN and other teachers, and I think that every teacher had the chance to post and view his/her opinion and have nice discussions about it, by these discussions every teacher could improve his/her skills so much by viewing other's opinions and thoughts replying to his/her post. iEARN is like one community gathering people from all around the world to share their work, experience and ideas friendly. And the most important thing, students are learning to respect the others around the world, respect other cultures , the way they live ..Etc. Also I started to apply many ways of online learning with my students in order to make classes more active away from boring classes, also it was a chance to let every student show his talent in any subject and exchange ideas and thoughts with other students without fear, in order to be creative, and to let them keep in touch with other students from other cultures.

Lucy17

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an extraordinary non-profit with an extraordinary staff and community!

We have had the pleasure of partnering with iEARN over the last five years to produce a large scale virtual Global Education Conference. We are indebted to iEARN for making this event a huge success .The professionals at this organization have been wonderful to work with and they provide much needed and respected services to educators all over the globe. iEARN's impact is profound in the world of education.

Through our conference and the iEARN community, It has also been amazing to watch teachers and students who participate in iEARN's programs globally. They exhibit so much growth as well as compassion and enthusiasm for making the world a better place.

1 MarkOtter

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We at vifprogram.com count IEARN as one of our most valued partners and have provided many of the teachers in our program with subscriptions to their site. The worldwide community of educators IEARN has built is to be admired and their focus on the use of technology for global collaboration dovetails perfectly with our shared vision for global education.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

iEARN is an excellent organization that operates efficiently and effectively. It uses technology in a wonderful creating great experiences for students and teachers. It is helping connecting youth around the globe.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first involvment with IEARN was in 2006 in which teachers and kids from my school start collaborating in projects with schools from other countries. Our school is in a city in Peru and it is very hard to get contact with other countries. The projects we did it were the Teddy Bear Project, Water Sampling Project , The Spirit of the Trees. I can remember one project of the Teddy Bear made with a school in Argentina. One of the kids doing the project travel years after the project was done with his parents to Argentina, and they were very fond that he had some friends there, and all of thar thanks to a travelling Teddy Bear. On the other side I remember how proud was a teacher of our school, as she finished her project on the Water Sampling and typing at Google her name just to find that she was the first in the list.
I do think IEARN projects made a diference with the pupils and teachers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization, International Education and Research Network, reaches far and wide. I have participated each semester for five years with third and fourth graders.
The children are so excited when they hear from other countries. I have experienced the Teddy Bear Project, Learning Circles for five semesters, an online course, the daffodil project, and presented at the iEARN conference in Argentina in 2014. Other teachers from our district, HPISD, located in Texas are
on the band wagon, too.
I have always tried to bring the world into my classroom and this is a wonderful and safe way to expose them to other cultures. Log on and see what you are missing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization. The children
benefit greatly from our communication with each other!!
The conference in Doha was so inspiring.
I am a teacher in Texas , HPISD.