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Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards 2008

The 2008 Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards winners include educators who are sharing effective teaching methods worldwide via blogs and streaming videos, connecting students to their communities while raising money for orphans in South Africa, producing a student-led documentary on the fabled Bronx borough of New York City, or providing parents a way to connect with their children’s teachers through ATM-like kiosks in grocery stores among other innovative approaches.

 
 

Friday, June 29, 2007

 

Lisa Quinn, Teacher, Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, Pushing the Envelope Award

Lisa Quinn created the Millennium Ambassadors Program, a one-month program that invites 8th- through 12th-grade students to travel to Panama for a once-in-a-lifetime cross-cultural exchange. The program gives students the opportunity to live among the indigenous Ngobe Bugle Indians, learn Spanish and share their computer skills. While in Panama, the students keep up with other coursework via the Internet.

Quinn’s podcast (MP3, 19 MB) covers the challenges the school faces as a cutting-edge cyber school, the positive feedback from Millennium parents and students, how the program began and where it is going, and what it means to be a cyber teacher at a distance-learning school.


Comments:
We worked in Boquete with Lisa's students at Habla Ya Language Center. This whole program that Lisa has put together is just incredible... amazing. I would say that this is a lifechanging experience for those who have taken part in it. Students don't only learn Spanish through a cultural immersion and Spanish courses, but they get a one in a lifetime opportunity to experience how the poorest of the poor live, and this is something that changes their life: it drives you to be a better person and give back the best you can to society.
 
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