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Programmatic Area: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Project Type: School Project
QFI and iEARN, along with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, have partnered to facilitate matchmaking between classrooms in the U.S. and international schools through iEARN’s “Connect All Schools” project. The initiative was created in response to President Obama’s call to “create a new online network, so a young person in Kansas can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo,” during his historic June 2009 speech to the Arab world.” The program does just that – it seeks to connect schools in the United States to a school abroad. Along with QFI, the US Departments of State and Education are both official sponsors of the program.
On March 19th, 2011, representatives of the Departments of State and Education officially launched the Connect All Schools Initiative at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning in New York City. More than 100 schools and organizations have already shared their inspiring stories on www.connectallschools.org and thousands of more stories are expected. This interactive website has been built to enable schools to indicate how they are connected to the world and for new teachers, school administrators and parents to work with consortium partners on building new links.
In addition to being a sponsor, QFI is also a participating organization of the Connect All Schools initiative. We have shared stories of connecting schools in both Boston and Washington, D.C. with those in Doha, Qatar. You can read more about our stories here: http://www.connectallschools.org/node/132119
With the Connect All Schools initiative, iEARN is seeking to bring the world into the classroom and to build global competency by introducing global issues curriculum, new World Languages, online collaboration, youth and teacher exchanges, professional development on international education, video-conferences, etc. A number of organizations linking US schools with others around the world are coming together in a new "Connect All Schools" consortium to meet a very specific goal: to connect every school in the US with the world by 2016.
A brief introduction to the Connect All Schools program. Help connect all US schools with international communities by 2016.
The Road to Doha
QFI's Road to Doha program helped train and bring together youth from Qatar, the U.S., Brazil and Argentina to better understand and develop solutions to critical global issues and to more effectively raise environmental awareness.
The Future We Want
In June 2012, Youth Ambassadors for Science and the Environment traveled to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Caravelas and Abrohlos National Marine Park before heading to Rio+20 Earth Summit.
YALLAH: Commit to Action, Minnesota
QFI selected 36 students from Brazil, Qatar and the U.S. to participate in the National Service-Learning Conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Madeleine Albright Visits Lindblom
On April 10, 2012, Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited QFI's partner school, Lindblom Math and Science Academy.
Concordia Language Villages
In summer of 2011, QFI established a partnership with Concordia Language Villages. 31 youth from 20 different schools attended 2 or 4-week sessions at Al Waha, the Arabic Language Village.
QFI / WeVideo Behind the Scenes
The video that launched SXSW Film, highlighting QFI student filmmakers who collaborated on short water films.
QFI Celebrates Foreign Language Week
QFI's Executive Director speaks about the importance of learning another language.
BtoQ Compilation Video
Check out all five "Brazil to Qatar" National Geographic student videos in one compilation.
"Women" during the BtoQ Exchange
Brazilian and Qatari students worked with National Geographic instructors during the Brazil to Qatar exchange to create a short piece on women.
"People and Nature" during the BtoQ Exchange
Brazilian and Qatari students worked with National Geographic instructors during the Brazil to Qatar exchange to create a short piece on people and nature.
Behind the Scenes at Brazil to Qatar: One World, Many Stories
A behind the scenes look at the #BtoQ exchange program that brought 22 high school students from Brazil to meet their counterparts in Qatar.
From Chicago to Doha: Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science
Learn about students from Chicago's Lindblom Math and Science Academy who went on QFI's exchange trip to Qatar.
Chicago2Doha Media Projects
39 students from 3 schools in Chicago and Qatar came together for the Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science trip. Students told their reflections of the trip through images, video and sound.
Glass Blowing at Chihuly's Studio: YALLAH 2011
QFI students in Seattle as part of the YALLAH cultural exchange trip in 2011 were invited to world-renowned glass blower Dale Chihuly's studio.
Sir Richard Branson speaks to Earth Day Qatar 2011
Earth Day Qatar 2011 was the premier event in the region, featuring speakers, discussions, workshops, and a special video message by Sir Richard Branson.
Meet our Brazilian students
Arabic Language and Culture in Sao Paolo - meet the Brazilian students and administrators of this program.
Crossing the divide
Watch as students from QFI partner schools in Washington DC and Boston tell their story of language learning and cultural exchange.
Our mission and the astrolabe
With its rich and varied history, the Astrolabe represents education, science, innovation and diversity. Highlighted in this video, these values underscore QFI's vision and programs.
iEARN Collaboration Center
Take an inside look at iEARN's Collaboration Center, which enables youth to learn with, rather than simply about, the world. Read 200+ project descriptions and browse student-produced media.
- LAUSD Journal: For Southern California students, a trip to Qatar bridges cultures and shapes memories
- The Peninsula: Experts take part in QFI Earth Day meet
- Qatar Tribune: QFI promotes coastal conservation on Earth Day
- Al Arab: QFI organizes symposium on climate change
- Gulf Times: Art project seeks to bridge cultures
- Al Raya: Closing ceremony of "Tea with Nefertiti" at Mathaf