About A World Bridge®

A World Bridge® is an international award-winning program for learning, technology, 21st Century Skills, and advanced teaching practices. A World Bridge is the process of developing educational models for the integration of international leadership, economic development and educational research. These projects provide the design and implementation of Real-time, Real-world Project-Based Learning into curriculum, and simultaneously develop dynamic classroom content for teaching state and national academic standards. Students learn how to develop professional skills while working on international award-winning, Collaborative projects, which increase the potential for high-end college admissions and scholarships.

A World Bridge® is a planned program utilizing cooperation and partnerships between state government offices, state education agencies, school boards associations including the NASA Ames Research Center, Association of Alaska School Boards' Consortium for Digital Learning (CDL), the University of Alaska system, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and business partners including Trilogis SRI, Alaska Aerospace and more. These partnerships provide for the development a unique series of international mentorship models and student internships.

Project Goals:

Integration of statewide economic development with educational mission and goals, through study, evaluation, assessment of Pacific Rim economic trends, development of technology and educational systems, then implementation of collaborative projects between countries - academic and business/industry.

Capacity building - ongoing planning and implementation of effective training programs with multiple levels of technology, as equitable as possible. Training programs are localized based on a needs assessment. Rapid-prototyping of training process is designed to accelerate adoption and acquisition of career-level skills.

Development of rapid-prototyping system for determining effectiveness of new or combinations of educational technology; provides a Research & Development program for technology applications, new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) content and collaborative projects, and professional development/pedagogy.

Development of statewide and international Project Based Learning (PBL) curriculum repository and learning management system for teaching and learning, based on student/teacher developed content from real-world projects. Academic standards and objectives will be gradually converted into real-time/real-world project systems.

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