One World Education News
On Monday, December 7th, One World Education held its first annual Holiday Season Celebration. Attendees of the event, held at Local 16, included educators, family and friends of OWEd team members, and many other supporters of our organization.
Two Redskins tickets, generously donated by an OWEd supporter, were raffled off during this successful event. Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the holiday season and the recent accomplishments of One World Education.
On September 10, 2009 Channel 9 News of CBS in Washington DC aired a two minute video story on the impact of One World Education in local schools. The story was filmed at two DCPS schools, Wilson High School and School Without Walls. The story focused on the origin of One World Education as it was used in one classroom, with the first set of student-authored Reflections. Now entering its second school year of operations, One World Education is partnering with more teachers and schools to create a city-wide Schools Program that is empowering local students to write and teach their peers about culture and local and global issues. Read more here.
One World Education participated in its second International Literacy Day Celebration at the Thomas Jefferson building of the US Senate on September 9, 2009. The event celebrated DC, Nigerian and Ghanaian students of the Reading Across Continents project and the great work of other organizations including the Common Threads mentoring program and Everybody Wins DC. The keynote speaker was Alma Powell of America’s Promise Alliance.
Mark F. Johnson writes, "The world is probably still an awfully big place to most young people, but less and less so in the age of You Tube, Face book and other global internet sites. This is is true at least, in places around the world where there is general access to such sites. But, in north Columbia Heights a youth-oriented educational program is attempting to make other cultures much less foreign to local middle and high school students by promoting global awareness and by encouraging young people to become world citizens and to share their cultural experiences and discoveries with their peers." Read the full article here.
Amber Parcher writes about Melissa Linsao, a Wheaton High School Sophomore who won 3rd place in the Culture & Global Issues Reflection Contest. "Poring over anatomy outlines and biology textbooks is how most students in Wheaton High School's bioscience academy learn their material. But a new area nonprofit that connects students' real world experiences with their school's curriculum has livened up the lessons, one Wheaton teacher says. And one Wheaton High biology student even won an award for her contribution to the Washington, D.C.-based One World Education. The nonprofit publishes student essays about their experiences abroad and at home and lets teachers use them for free in the classroom." Read the full story here.
On Thursday April 23rd One World Education hosted the first Youth, Culture & Learning Celebration with over 200 community guests, leaders, educators, students and families. The event awarded the 10 finalists of the Culture & Global Issues Reflection Contest and raised approximately $12,000 for our Schools Program. The event took place at the beautiful Josephine Butler Parks Center overlooking Meridian Park. Washington, DC City Council Member Jim Graham spoke in the awards ceremony about the impact One World Education is having on education in our city.
In January One World Education launched the 1st Culture & Global Issues Reflection Contest. Over 115 students from 22 Capital Region schools participated in the Contest. Students wrote about cultural topics including their ethnic origins and places they have visited, local issues like poverty, HIV/AIDS and global issues like immigration, war, social justice and environmental topics. The winning Reflections were honored at the Youth, Culture & Learning Celebration and will be developed into curriculum for educators and students over the next year.
Culture & Global Issues Reflection Contest Winners
First Place – 11th Grader Nicholas Eckenwiler of Wilson High School
Second Place – 9th Grader Shaneka Speight of School Without Walls
Third Place – 10th Grader Melissa Linsao of Wheaton High School
The City Kids Wilderness Program has partnered with One World Education's Community Program.
The goal of the OWEd Community Program is to incorporate literacy into all youth activities for students in programs that take place outside of school. Our Community Program ensures that students are writing about what are they learning outside of school and practicing literacy skills away from the classroom. City Kids is a Washington, D.C. organization providing wilderness-based, summer activities in Wyoming for Washington, D.C. students from Wards 5-8.
One World Education's Community Program designed a ten-month curriculum for the City Kids Program. This curriculum consists of One World Education-led Learn-Shops on themes like Cultural Identity, Reflective Writing, Resume Development and Leadership. One World Education also designed program-specific writing journals for all 75 City Kids participants so these students are writing all summer long in addition to their excellent City Kids programming of rock climbing, kayaking, hiking and camping. City Kids students writing skills improve from additional practice, provide City Kids with documentation and feedback to better improve their program and have the opportunity to grow into a One World Reflection submission.
One World Education attended its second Call to Action Symposium at the World Bank. The event focuses on the critical issues of wind, water, and waste in our community and beyond. Participating school teams of teachers and students represented 50 public, private, and charter secondary schools from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. One World Education offered four different workshops to students and educators on how youth can teach other youth about conservation and environmental issues.