Centreville Elementary School’s (CES) Global Classroom is a virtual partnership where our students work with grade level peers in Costa Rica on authentic tasks and challenges through a variety of learning opportunities and digital tools. What started four years ago as the Global STEAM Classroom Initiative in 5th grade, has now grown to include participating classes in grades 2, 4, 5, and 6, and continues to include the additional pathway of sustainability. Additionally, this year, our Global Classroom goals align with our school’s Green Hour of Power goals which are intended to empower our students sustainability efforts and have each student leave a positive mark on our school.
Through linking our Google Domains with our partner schools in Costa Rica, students share a common Google Classroom through which they communicate and collaborate on their work. Google Hangouts also provides a means of connecting and fostering our relationships. By working on authentic and meaningful learning opportunities in a learner-centered environment with our global peers, ALL students cultivate Portrait of a Graduate skills
Walking into the 4th grade classroom at Centreville ES is a perfect way to see our Portrait of a Graduate in action. Students are collaborating with schools in Costa Rica to tackle global challenges. See what it looks like here.