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Lessons from the Field

calendar pageAllow enough time. Organizers often underestimate the amount of time needed to implement a project. Set realistic deadlines, break tasks into smaller parts, and build-in extra time in the calendar to allow for unforeseen problems.”

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Lessons from the Field features strategies, tips and advice from our Sharing the Dream grantees. At the end of each school year, we ask them “What advice would you give to other schools who want to start a project like yours?” Their insightful answers have generated a wealth of ideas for other educators to try in their own schools.

Have you tried this idea? How did it work? Share your experiences in a comment.

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Lessons from the Field

Get everyone on board from the beginning. Involve everyone in the early planning stages of a project to minimize resistance to change, and to create a sense of ownership that will keep staff invested and energized all year.”

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Lessons from the Field features strategies, tips and advice from our Sharing the Dream grantees. At the end of each school year, we ask them “What advice would you give to other schools who want to start a project like yours?” Their insightful answers have generated a wealth of ideas for other educators to try in their own schools.

Have you tried this idea? How did it work? Share your experiences in a comment.

 

Lessons from the Field

Expect the unexpected. Weather-related school closings, technology glitches, competing community events, and the challenges of communicating with schools overseas (e.g., international holidays, time zone differences) may require activities to be modified or rescheduled. Be flexible.”

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Lessons from the Field features strategies, tips and advice from our Sharing the Dream grantees. At the end of each school year, we ask them “What advice would you give to other schools who want to start a project like yours?” Their insightful answers have generated a wealth of ideas for other educators to try in their own schools.

Have you tried this idea? How did it work? Share your experiences in a comment.

Lessons from the Field

Train staff how to use technology. Technology can enhance the learning process, but only if teachers (and others involved in the project) know how to use it. Provide training and practice time for staff to become familiar with new equipment.

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Lessons from the Field features strategies, tips and advice from our Sharing the Dream grantees. At the end of each school year, we ask them “What advice would you give to other schools who want to start a project like yours?” Their insightful answers have generated a wealth of ideas for other educators to try in their own schools.

Have you tried this idea? How did it work? Share your experiences in a comment.

Lessons from the Field

Reach out to parents in a variety of ways. Translate fliers and letters into other languages, and follow up with personal invitations and phone calls, to make family events more welcoming to parents whose first language is not English.

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Lessons from the Field features strategies, tips and advice from our Sharing the Dream grantees. At the end of each school year, we ask them “What advice would you give to other schools who want to start a project like yours?” Their insightful answers have generated a wealth of ideas for other educators to try in their own schools.

Have you tried this idea? How did it work? Share your experiences in a comment.


Sharing the Dream

Grants for pre-K-8 school projects that create global classrooms where children—and families—can safely connect, exchange ideas and learn together.

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