The National Wildlife Federation was awarded a three year grant through the International Environment Program Partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and EPA Taiwan (EPAT). The program was launched at a media event in March 2015 at North Chevy Chase Elementary and the keynote speakers were Ambassador Shen from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative’s Office (TECRO) and Ms. Jane Nishida from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In its first year, the program provided high-quality collaborative educational experiences for students in Houston, TX; Broward County, FL; New York City; New Jersey; Los Angeles/Ventura County, CA; and the Washington, D.C., metro area to connect with students in Taiwan. These experiences took place on an innovative online collaborative platform called iEARN. Teachers participated in a rigorous professional development that taught them the basics of project-based learning (PBL). In its second year, 60 participating schools from Houston and Austin, TX; Broward County, FL; New Jersey; New York City; Los Angeles/Ventura County, CA; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA, metro area; and the Washington, D.C., metro area were paired with 60 sister schools in various parts of Taiwan.
“This gives students a cross-cultural concept and global perspective. I learned how to guide students to solve problems on their own and make friends with people from all over the world.”
~ Jiun Fan Lin, Tainan Kuang Hua High School
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