Reciprocal Learning and Initial Objectives
Reciprocal Learning: the foundation of the eduWeavers school-to-school partnership philosophy, reciprocal learning, uses joint projects and shared intellectual pursuits to create international collaboration, as well as provide opportunities for philanthropic giving. Such learning is facilitated by both technology and face-to-face cultural exchange which mutually benefits students in each of the partner schools, enriches the curriculum, and engages and shapes the futures of all members of each of the partnership communities.
The initial objectives for eduWeavers are:
- To create/support a minimum of five school-to-school partnerships between schools in the United States and South Africa
- To deliver customized curriculum to a minimum of five schools in the United States and five schools in South Africa (partnered with each other) that will engender information exchange and reciprocal learning between partner school teachers and students across grade levels and disciplines
- To facilitate the delivery of a minimum of 300 laptops (and some associated companion servers) to students and teachers across these schools in South Africa to allow for both communication between partner schools and reciprocal learning to take place
- To train teachers, at least three per school, in our partner schools in South Africa on the effective use of these laptops to enhance curriculum delivery, teaching, and student learning and to partner these teachers with U.S.-based mentor teachers
- To train at least one class of approximately 40 students at each partner school in South Africa on the effective use of these laptops to enhance research and learning skills
- To enhance the following student skills in both the United States and South Africa:
- Critical thinking, reasoning, and problem solving
- Creative and innovative thinking
- Communication (across multiple methods such as formal oral presentation, interviewing, discussion, and written emails and reports)
- Global understanding, appreciation, inclusiveness, and celebration
- Analytical thinking
- Collaborative thinking, working, and creating
- To foster the ongoing growth of a minimum of five school-to-school partnerships.