KDSL Global chats with Legacy Pro Mentoring

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KDSL Global recently had an opportunity to connect with Charlette Freeney and Pansy Walker, who are partners at Legacy Pro Mentoring, LLC. Below you will find out more about what they do, why mentoring matters, and what they see as the future of mentoring. To learn more about their company visit http://legacypromentoring.com.

  1. What is Legacy Pro Mentoring?

Legacy Pro Mentoring, LLC (LPM) is an international educational consulting company specializing in mentoring and job coaching. LPM delivers its services over a dual platform, either onsite, face-to-face, or online to anyone with access to wifi, a computer, tablet, or Smartphone. We offer mentoring and job coaching services customized to the mentees’ needs derived from a needs analysis done at the beginning of the contract.

If the needs analysis involves designing a product to best support the mentees, LPM has the expertise in it’s veteran mentors who comprise decades of experience in all facets of education to create that support mechanism. Legacy Pro Mentoring, LLC desires to see all students achieve their potential in all aspects of learning.

 

  1. Why does mentoring matter?

Mentoring matters, not only because of the knowledge and skills mentees can learn from mentors, but also because mentoring provides professional socialization and support to facilitate change. Mentoring allows mentees to have a more expansive view of their potential, greater access to resources, and mentoring is a powerful tool that works on a number of levels that not only help the mentee, but stretches the mentor as well. The benefits of mentoring for mentors are twofold; mentors add value to colleagues through the personal satisfaction of giving back, also they gain by being exposed to new ideas and new perspectives from mentees new to the classroom with fresh ideas from college.

 

  1. What do you see as the future of mentoring?

The future of mentoring is multifaceted.

The future is online. Online mentoring is becoming the most preferred method because of the convenience and scope of services offered.

The future of mentoring means staying relevant by providing mentoring support to all employees. It will become a core metric of employees’ job structure.

The future of mentoring will involve networks built from retiring employees who want to stay involved and are invested in the health of the industry.

The future of mentoring will have a dynamic impact. Mentoring has a positively impact on the whole person.  and not just his career, that is a boom for all of society.

 

 

 

 

Language Learning in Brazil with Julia Hedges

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KDSL Global recently had a chance to connect with Julia Hedges (pictured above in the pink scarf) after she served for five weeks in five different cities in Brazil. This was part of a collaboration with the Department of Education in Recife, universities, schools, and learning centers.

 

Tell us about your role and the project you served on in Brazil.

I was an English Language Specialist for the Department of State. My role was to serve teachers (through teacher training) in an underserved region of Brazil. I trained English language teachers on best practices of content-based language instruction. I worked in four different states and five different cities in Northeastern Brazil.

 

What was your new learning from this project?

I was reminded of the importance of intercultural understanding and experiences. Since I’ve been back to the United States, I have made even more of an effort to incorporate my students’ life experiences and cultures into lessons in order to engage them, and in order to create a safe learning environment based on mutual respect and understanding.

 

To learn more about Hedges and her work in Brazil please visit https://elprograms.org/sample-projects/english-language-specialist-julia-hedges-collaborates-etas-share-american-english-website-resources-imperatiz-brazil/

 

About Julia Hedges

Julia received her Master of Education in TESOL from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and a Bachelor’s degree in both English and Spanish from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. She has taught English as a Second/Foreign Language in both the United States and throughout the Middle East to adolescents and adults. Recently, she worked as an instructor for Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in Colorado and Texas. In the Middle East, she taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in a variety of contexts, and she successfully founded and managed an English language center that focused on test preparation, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and teacher training. She has trained teachers, in six different countries, on best practices for delivering their English language programs using communicative methodology. In 2014, she presented “Back to Basics” at TESOL Arabia, which described her experiences working with Iraqi teachers. Currently, she serves on the Colorado TESOL Board as the Teacher Education/Action Research SIG co-chair. Julia’s professional interests include ways of making classrooms more student-driven, using Computer Assisted- Language Learning (CALL) to supplement lessons and engage learners, and materials development.

 

Global Collaboration Week

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Global Collaboration Week is Coming! (September 17 – 21, 2018)
Students, teachers, and organizations will get online to celebrate global collaboration during the week of September 17-21, as back-to-school season begins in the northern hemisphere. During this week, experienced global educators and other professionals will design and host connective projects and events and invite public participation. The primary goals of this whole day event are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world, and to introduce others to the tools, resources, projects, and networks that are available to educators today. This is an opportunity for educators new to globally connected teaching and learning to participate in virtual activities designed by more experienced teachers. It’s also a great way for educators running ongoing global projects to find project partners!
Cost + Location: Free, registration required | Online
Linkhttps://www.globalcollaborationweek.org/

Teaching and Learning in Ghana

Teaching can be an international career – and even if you’re not ready to relocate permanently, there are plenty of ways to test the water with short term partnerships. UK-trained teacher Heather French tells us about her experience teaching in Ghana for just a few days.

 

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Heather French has worked as both a primary and secondary (high school) teacher, and has over 25 years of experience teaching in schools around the world. During the past three years, Heather has worked as a teacher trainer both in the UAE and internationally. Her key area of interest is literacy and she is an avid believer in the importance of a systematic approach to phonics in the early years’ classroom – a message she is delivering to schools around the world.

KDSL Global’s Kevin Simpson put Heather in touch with the International Community School in Ghana, a school which follows the British curriculum and which has been pioneering and committed to academic excellence ever since opening in 2000. The school offered Heather a position with them and did everything to help facilitate the journey to Kumasi in Ghana: from arranging visas to meeting her at the airport. Heather’s role at the school was to train over 100 members of staff on matters relating to teaching reading and writing skills, balanced literacy approaches, and strategies for assessments. On top of this, Heather was also teaching pupils at all levels of the school, from nursery to high school.

Heather says, “There was a wonderful atmosphere at the school. The staff were friendly and eager to learn, and hugely committed. They were willing to travel long distances during their holidays in order to attend training courses. The owners are passionate about education and it was a real privilege to be involved and to help the school achieve their vision of being a leading school in Africa.”

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The beautiful campus of the ICS.

 

About ICS-K

The mission of International Community School (ICS-K) is to create an educational centre of the highest quality that meets international standards through a holistic integration of academic, social, physical, spiritual and moral training. They aim to raise a new generation of leaders who are productive members of their communities and have a broader vision for the world.

About KDSL Global

KDSL Global is a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally.

 

 

Global Collaboration Day

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Global Collaboration Day is a series of online events taking place on or around September 21, 2017, depending on your time zone. Register here to receive the full schedule of Global Collaboration Day events. If you want to HOST an event for Global Collaboration Day, follow the directions on our website.

Students, teachers, and organizations will get online to celebrate global collaboration on September 21st, 2017, as back-to-school season begins in the northern hemisphere.

On this day (and beyond), experienced global educators and other professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. The primary goals of this whole day event are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world, and to introduce others to the tools, resources, projects, and networks that are available to educators today.

 

WhooSaid

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In the educational world, it is imperative to adopt the skill of group collaboration; not only is it a means of learning but also a skill that is essential for the real world. Derien Stephens, the founder of WhooSaid, developed an interactive learning platform that revolves around group collaborations. Derien’s concern was the “problem of workload distribution between group mates, when traveling away from college. I found myself able to complete my required segment of projects while group mates of mine often struggled to do the same thing resulting in a lower grade for the group as a whole.”

 WhooSaid focuses on creating transparency between each group member and their teacher to know who is responsible for which area of the task. It offers a “distinct solution to collaborative learning by encouraging group mates to select project-based tasks based on their personal strengths and weaknesses within the group.” This further encourages students to communicate with one another, which results in improving their interpersonal skills.

As technology is advancing day by day, WhooSaid ensures that hard working team members are credited for their work—this is apparent by their submissions and interactions via the platform. “This not only creates autonomy for students to collaborate from any computer or smart device but also prevents any confusion about the shared workload.”

 

For more information about WhooSaid visit: http://www.whoosaid.com

 

 

 

Global Education Conference

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KDSL Global is pleased to serve as a partner for the seventh annual Global Education Conference. This is a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Sunday, November 13 through Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (November 17th in some time zones). The entire virtual conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform.
The conference seeks to present 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. Through this event, it is our hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Let us learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, 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.

For more information please visit http://www.globaleducationconference.com/.