North carolina - Moldova
service learning school partership project
The project aims to connect 25 schools from Moldova and North Carolina in order for them to collaborate when implementing vari-ous community development projects. Project participants will lean how to introduce community engagement pedagogies in their daily instruction and enhance state curriculum with civic engage-ment related methodologies.
encourage interactive teaching methods and reciprocal learning;
add new insights and dimensions to class discussions;
promote students' active learning and engage students with different learning styles;
develop students' civic and leadership skills;
foster relationships between faculty and community organizations, which can open other opportunities for collaborative work;
improve school climate and positive school-community relationships.
develop both interpersonal sand leadership skills as result of international collaboration;
develop a sense of meaning and purpose in their academic life;
experience different cultures and as a result, reduce many negative and unnecessary stereotypes;
develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
enhance various skills in the areas of communication, collaboration, and leadership;
gain deeper understanding of themselves and empathy and respect for others.
Platforme educaționale online pentru cadrele didactice din Republica Moldova
Platforme Educaţionale Online pentru Cadrele Didactice din Republica Moldova este o comunitate virtuală de învăţători, profesori și lectori universitari pasionați de integrarea platformelor web 2.0 în educație. Comunicarea între participanții proiectului are loc pe rețeaua de socializare Facebook. La fiecare două săptămîni participanții primesc anumite însărcinări care îi provoacă să iasă din zona de confort pentru a explora posibilitățile tehnologiilor moderne de predare - învățare. La moment, grupul are peste 500 de membri activi.
iEARN Moldova Global Youth Service Day Celebration (February - May 2016)
In March, 2016, over 50 educators from various regions of Moldova gathered their forces to involve over 300 students of all ages in the celebration of the Global Youth Service Day initiative. The Global Youth Service Network is a coalition of local, state, national, and international organizations committed to engaging children and youth as leaders through volunteering, community service, service-learning, national service, and voting/civic engagement. The following schools joined our cross country celebration:
Our International Partners:
Donation of teaching materials from
North Carolina—Moldova Bilateral Partnership
On May 15, Moldovan teachers and students from 60 schools from various regions around the country received teaching materials from North Carolina—Moldova Bilateral Partnership. The donation was coordinated by Lora Sinigur, Liaison at Secretary of State Office for the North Carolina - Moldova Partnership and Irina Rusanovschi, President of “Phoenix” NGO. Our special guest, Ray West, President of Moldova World Children’s Fund, handed in teaching materials to our most active teachers and students.
“We are very grateful to Academy for Innovation and Change through Education and North Carolina - Moldova Partnership Office, to Elaine Marshall, Eleonora Sinigur, Ray West and Irina Rusanovschi for this extraordinary donation of books that are like a refreshment in our daily teaching work. Having consulted them with my colleagues we realized how interesting and useful they are. The final Global Youth Service Day Conference was a general amazing review of all our achievements and it was great!Thank you all for this awesome opportunity! “
Irina Mutruc, “Ion Creanga” Lyceum, Balti
“We are grateful to Academy for Innovation and Change through Education and North Carolina for their wonderful gifts. Books are very useful and will make the English lessons more creative and interactive. Special thanks to Daniela Munca and Olga Morozan, who get my students involved in online projects and motivated us to engage in international projects.”
Victoria Comerzan, "Mihai Eminescu" Lyceum, Floresti
“Students in Iargara would like to sincerely thank Academy for Innovation and Change through Education and the North Carolina- Moldova Partnership Office for their generous donations. The books have been a wonderful addition to our classrooms in Moldova. Students are excited and motivated to continue learning English through these new books. Again thank you for the time and effort that you committed to this project. We really appreciate it and we look forward to participating in future programs that will be sponged by both of these wonderful organizations.”
Porubin Ina, Iargara, Leova
iENGAGE - Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia Teacher Network
(June 2015 - May 2016)
iENGAGE is one of the winners of the 2015 State Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund created by State Department in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. A team of alumni from Moldova, all experts in international education led by Daniela Munca-Aftenev (Muskie) and Olga Morozan (Access Microscholarship) elaborated a project which was selected from among 800 applications received from worldwide alumni.
The project aims to inform, train, involve and empower 35 English Language teachers from various regions of Moldova and 12 teacher-trainers from Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus and Crimea (who have extensive previous experience in international online collaborative projects) to work together online and partnership with American schools and universities using the Internet and other new communication technologies while participating in various civic engagement initiatives.
Web 2.0 Tools for Institute of Education Sciences Employees
(January - October 2015)
The project befitted Institute of Education Scie_nces (ISE), as it enriched its curriculum with an innovative, cutting edge project based on elaborating specialized IT courses for teachers and educators from Moldova. The project combined IT technologies and language instruction in a fresh, creative way. Project participants, Institute of Education Sciences staff (especially foreign languages professors and trainers), became experts in coordinating projects using modern technologies, such as web 2.0 platforms, in training school and university professors from all regions of Moldova. Unlike other academic courses, this project was highly practical and well incorporated in Moldovan national curriculum: while learning how to integrate web tools in teaching foreign languages, the participants created blogs, posted student homework and shared their teaching materials with their colleagues and school or university administrators. Every weekly assignment required teachers to engage students and school administration in online projects and tasks, thus creating real-life online educational platforms aligned with Ministry of Education standards. Project funded by IREX (International Research and Exchange Board).
iEARN-Moldova National Teacher Network
AICE is coordinating the iEARN-Moldova network which trains and guides over 200 Moldovan educators from various regions of the country in online project based teaching and learning under the iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) umbrella. In 2014-2015, the teachers and students involved in the network organised a series of collaborative online projects, such as: „Places and Perspectives” , "Say Stop to Conflicts" , „Sharing is Caring”, „Global Issues: Education”, “Give Your Toy a New Life” , Learning Circles: "My City and Me", "Computer Chronicles", "Global issues: Environment", "Global Issues: Education", „Money Matters”. Over 300 students from 12 differnt regions of the country participated in these projects: Comrat, Cahul, Straseni, Ungheni, Balti, Chisinau, Ialoveni, Varnita, Bender, Orhei and Straseni, in collaboration with students from USA, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and France.
Teaching Foreign Languages for Specific Purposes in the 21st Century Conference
(February 2012 - May 2012)
The professional development grant entitled "Teaching Foreign Languages for Specific Purposes inthe 21st Century" Conference was awarded to organize a national conference to be hosted by Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova in collaboration with major Moldovan academic organizations on the 7th of April 2012. The event gathered over 150 participants from Moldova, Russia, Romania, Ukraine and USA: university professors, students, researchers and educators interested in teaching foreign languages according to the latest standards required by the labor market in the 21st century. The conference replicated the model created by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a US national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student by providing tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs (Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation). The conference offered participants the opportunity to learn about practical, hands on approaches to teaching a foreign language for specific purposes, such as business / tourism / banking / engineering English/French/German with a pragmatic approach - that of a practical, hands-on, realistic language