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13
Feb

STEAM ACADEMY & Global Children’s Village

Global Children’s Village is an alliance of international charitable organizations for women, children, families, community and cultural development, clean technology and the preservation of the environment and natural resources.  Through creative, active, solution driven collaboration, the alliance sustains the efforts of member organizations that bring education, clean water, sustenance, hospitals, health care, shelter, supplies, relief, opportunity and hope to impoverished children and their families in developing countries throughout the world. Representatives of allied organizations share ideas, resources and efforts for sustaining funds, raising awareness and generating public support.

Association with this organization enables students, teachers and families to be engaged with network of individuals working to enhance the lives of children and their families across the globe.  As active members, STEAM ACADEMY seeks to facilitate and foster the growth, development and sustaining efforts of G.C.V. organizations. Through the use of video-streaming and other innovative technologies, students attending schools utilizing STEAM ACADEMY’s education model engage in collaborative “solutionary” projects, wherein learners are guided to tap into a harmony of the fine arts and sciences to solve problems that somehow are relevant to their lives.  In this tremendously powerful process, STEAM students develop meaningful relationships with international STEAM students attending schools created by G.C.V.’s partnered charitable organizations such as Project Rhino (India), Mupenzi Children’s Home (Uganda) Africa Heartwood Project (Ghana) and Liberia Education Project.

STEAM ACADEMY students build character by generating ideas and realizing solutions for all Global Children’s Village charitable organizations. Orienting students to live meangfully is a priority of STEAM ACADEMY and we firmly believe that service is essential to a purposeful, fulfilling life.  Through required course projects, STEAM K-12 students develop innovative thought and capitalize upon a harmony of arts and sciences while in pursuit of solutions to human, animal and environmental devastation. The following is an ever-growing list of organizations partnered with or endorsed by Global Children’s Village and STEAM ACADEMY.

Project Rhino identifies children who do not have access to basic healthcare or cannot regularly attend school due and provides them with a free education, food, and medical care. The platform delivers an accredited primary school education through engaging online lesson plans and the help of over 300 annual volunteers. Sponsor Sawgrass Shack added interactive games and lesson plans to the curriculum, engaging students in learning as they make adjustments from their disadvantaged backgrounds.

Head First facilitates lasting socioeconomic impact within impoverished communities. Their collaborative, founding philosophy is that the need of individuals in such communities is fairly simple and all encompassing- sufficient tools to reshape their own world.

Africa Heartwood Project is a grassroots non-profit seeking to redress causes and symptoms of poverty in West Africa by providing humanitarian aid, education and development work.  Their small-scale, targeted efforts at the family and community level address poverty and marginalization using measurable, sustainable, socially-conscious methods. AHP’s current efforts to make the world a better place include projects like the AHP Orphan Home, village clean water projects and deaf student vocational education.

Liberia Education Project believes education is the key to unlock the potentials of young people, which are in short supply in Liberia; especially, for those disadvantaged young boys and girls in the towns and villages of rural Liberia who have no hope of ever stepping foot into a classroom. They establish and provide quality, affordable education to children and adults in Liberia.

Mupenzi Children’s Home provides shelter, protection, sustenance, and love, all under one roof- a true Home.  Founded by a former orphan of Uganda, The Mupenzi Project also aims to initiate a campaign against child sacrifice in Uganda by educating people who participate in such disturbing practices. Through their outreach programs, volunteers visit villages to identify and address the needs of Uganda’s homeless, impoverished, abused and neglected children. Mupenzi hopes to expand by building a new community shelter for children, wherein they will provide and nurture a second loving home- a family- for more children. 

One World Youth Project directly aligns with G.C.V. & STEAM ACADEMY, as they link schools around the world to build mutual respect and understanding among students and provide the global life skills needed for success in the interconnected 21st century.

iEARN-USA, a founding sponsor of The Global Education Conference, is the world’s largest non-profit global network that enables young people to use the internet and other innovative technologies to engage in collaborative educational projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world. Established in 1988 as a pioneering online program among schools in the United States and in the Soviet Union, iEARN is now active in more than 30,000 schools and youth organizations in 130 countries.

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. Member educators, schools, organizations and other individuals of the conference share ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems.

TRAFFIC Jam (Global) is committed to preventing circumstances of modern day slavery.  Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry and is predicted to soon overtake drug trafficking. Through their valued, trusted partners, Traffic Jam saves children from sex slavery and child militias by funding trafficking prevention, rescue and aftercare programs around the world.

The National Center for Bullying Prevention is devoted to promoting awareness and teach effective ways to respond to bullying.

The Trevor Project runs the Trevor Lifeline, a 24-hour, national crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for gay and questioning teens.

GLSEN Network and envisions a world in which every child learns to accept and respect all people.  The organization works to ensure safe schools for ALL children by providing information and instructional resources for parents, teachers and students. GLSEN facilitates the implementation of awareness programs including The National Day of Silence and No Name Calling Week.

Courage to Hope (Ukraine) brings relief to women who have fallen prey to domestic abuse by providing safe, clean shelters, personal care supplies and first aid to women in Ukraine. CTH then fosters their independence, preparing them for employment. Like CAM Foundation (United States), Courage to Hope prepares individuals with skills essential for success and fulfillment.

Global Children’s Village is an association of like-minded charitable organizations realizing that the benefactors of creating relationships of mutual benefit and collaboration are those who are served – those in need.  The mission of G.C.V. aligns with STEAM ACADEMY’s focus on instilling in students the immeasurable value of collaboration- the enhancement of solutions that is made possible by motivated, collective ideas and action.

For more information about becoming a partner, employee, sponsor, donor or volunteer, please contact Global Children’s Village at: GlobalChildrensVillage@gmail.com

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10
Feb

Laura Lamere

The Center for the Arts in Natick (Massachusetts)

Many towns have something like this – a local arts organization that is run and supported by neighbors. Some are more successful than others, but they survive, just. A few towns over from mine is a great organization and space in an old fire station. It’s known as The Center for Arts in Natick – TCAN for short. I came to know of TCAN when my son’s rock band played at their once a month rock concert – known as Rock Off Main St. Rock Off Main is the longest running all-ages rock venue in the area. For 13 years, rocker mom, Diane Young has organized and hosted the Rock Off Main series of rock shows. The arts center has state of the art sound and lighting along with a cool stage.

Diane, who recently became a grandma, has a vested…

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10
Feb

A New Focus for School Reform: The Student

The Quest for a Good Life

Solving America’s education problems continues to be a conundrum. Our educational system poses unique dilemmas including diverse students, curricular choice, and even the purpose of education. Given the persistent and discouraging results in trying to improve our educational system, it is time to seriously rethink our ideas about school reform.

The most overlooked and most important aspect of education reform is the student. This long has been the case. Writing in the early 20th century, education theorist, John Dewey, argued that “the center of gravity is outside the child. It is the teacher, the textbook, anywhere and everywhere you please except in the immediate instincts and activities of the child.”

Jean Piaget, who first championed the understanding of children’s cognitive development, also stressed the importance of the student’s role in education. As Piaget stated, “Knowledge is not given to the passive observer, rather it must be discovered and constructed by…

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10
Feb

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

19
Oct

The Value of Collaboration, from Development to Practice

It is our pleasure to invite you to follow our progress in developing and founding our school!  THE STEAM SCHOOL Executive Board of Founding Directors places great value upon collaborative efforts, as we operate under the philosophy that all benefit when our thoughts are merged, when our expertise, insights and experiences serve to influence our decisions and greatly enhance what we strive to produce.  STEAM students will be collaborative learners, as not only do we know of the extensive benefits in such learning experiences, but also the professional world professes to seek after “team players,” as they too have found that when great minds come together, great accomplishments are achieved.  Your feedback is valuable to us, so in the spirit of true collaboration, do leave your insightful comments for our consideration and reflection.  Thank you for your interest in our school!  We’d love for you to contact us should you have an interest in playing a greater part in this exciting process.  We’d be grateful if you would check in on us from time to time.  Share in our excitements, our frustrations, our stumbling blocks, and celebrate with us as we pass milestones and achieve our triumphs in this long and inspiring journey of creating for your children and for future generations, an enriching, innovative, enthralling place of learning, growth, achievement and lasting memories.