The BRIDGE Project recently received the 2007 Program of Excellence Award from the New York State Council for the Social Studies at their annual convention in Rochester.
Bringing Relevant Internet Dialogue to Global Education, which connects elementary school students in the Geneva area with HWS students and faculty studying abroad, was recognized for its collaborative nature in curriculum development, use of educational resources, inquiry-based learning and deployment of educational technology.
The State Council for the Social Studies commended the program for connecting teachers across classrooms and districts in partnership with administrators, HWS faculty, students and administrators and noted that these efforts result in greater real world connections for the elementary students involved.
Lillian Sherman, a member of the Education Department faculty; Sherry Gibbon, director of Asia Teaching Partnerships and a member of the Education Department; and two area classroom teachers presented a session on “BRIDGE to Vietnam: Bringing Relevant Dialogue to Global Education” at the same conference.
The BRIDGE Project, now New York State's “Program of Excellence” nominee, will advance to the National Council for the Social Studies. National award recipients will be announced at the NCSS Convention, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in San Diego.