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ERIC Number: ED506113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 68
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7785-7519-1
A Guide to International School Partnerships
Alberta Education
With the advent of faster and widely accessible information, communication and transportation technologies, people are living in an era where their actions increasingly influence and are influenced by realities in other parts of the world. Truly understanding their own communities, province and country requires gaining a deep understanding of the relationships of interdependence they have with the rest of the world. Global knowledge can no longer be associated with a small group of "worldly" people, as it once was, but is now basic and requisite for individuals to make sense of their everyday lives. In an effort to connect students to the world and provide them with global insight, many schools and classrooms across Alberta, and indeed across the world, are engaging in international school partnerships. These partnerships take different forms, from short-term, project-based partnerships between two classes of students, to long-term, ongoing relationships between two schools. The so-called "success" of a partnership can be difficult to define, as it depends on the purpose and motivations underlying the partnership's establishment; however, a review of the literature and a scan of existing partnerships in Alberta suggest that certain methods of organizing and managing partnerships can maximize their educational value. This guide highlights these findings and has been developed to support Alberta schools and classrooms as they develop and maintain partnerships with schools abroad. The guide: (1) describes various types of partnerships; (2) outlines the key steps involved in initiating partnerships; (3) identifies common partnership challenges and suggests mitigating strategies; (4) explains how partnership outcomes can link with those of Alberta programs of study; (5) discusses how partnerships can enhance cocurricular and extracurricular activities; (6) explores the role that technology can play in developing and enhancing partnerships; and (7) provides a list of resources that support international school partnership initiatives. One appendix is included: (1) Sample Partnership Agreement between School A and School B (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Education
Identifiers - Location: Canada