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IVCLA Go Global Classroom

IVCLA Go Global Classroom

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by International Visitors Council of Los Angeles

IVCLA’s Go Global Classroom is a bold and innovative program that will empower middle school students with the tools they need to build their futures in today’s interconnected world. Students will gain vital skills to excel in an increasingly interdependent world. Through global education programming they will learn to value diversity, discover multiple perspectives and practice empathy as they are inspired to become active and engaged global citizens.


What does your organization do?

The International Visitors Council of L.A. designs exchange programs for international change-makers to foster understanding and cooperation between the L.A. and the world.

Please list the organizations collaborating on this proposal.

  • Cleveland Charter High School

Briefly tell us a story that demonstrates how your organization turns inspiration into impact.

IVCLA wholeheartedly believes in the power of people affecting real change by coming together across borders, breaking down stereotypes and sharing innovative ideas. Throughout the year, we bring international change-makers to Los Angeles to discuss pressing global issues with local innovators and community leaders and build personal relationships with Angelenos. We are inspired when we see mindsets and opinions change because of our international exchange programs.

Now, we want to bring these experiences into the classroom to help middle school students gain an appreciation for the diversity in their own communities, understand the value of global perspectives and develop critical skills that will help them succeed in an interconnected world. We have a bold vision for a program that will make Los Angeles the best place for global education.

Which of the learn metrics will your submission impact?​

  • District-wide graduation rates
  • Proficiency in English and Language Arts and Math
  • Student education pipeline

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • San Fernando Valley
  • LAUSD

How will your project make LA the best place to learn?

The majority of LAUSD students have limited access to opportunities that provide global perspectives. Every student can benefit from a broader world perspective that nourishes their potential to become adaptable innovators and global citizens. We have an obligation to effectively equip students with the skills to succeed in our interconnected world. The students who will thrive in the future will be global-ready students. Every student has a right to reap the benefits that a global education provides. The Go Global Classroom seeks to give all students, regardless of their race, abilities, or socioeconomic status, the opportunity to succeed in school and in their communities through global education.

The Go Global Classroom pilot program will serve middle school students in LAUSD’s Northwest District. The program will complement each class’s existing curriculum with organized visits from international volunteers (Go Global Ambassadors), cultural activities in the classroom, collaboration with peers in other countries and global media projects.

Go Global Ambassadors: Students will interact with Go Global Ambassadors (International Fulbright Students, IVCLA International Visitors and members of the L.A. Consular Corps).

Cultural Activities: Cultural activities will include sampling international cuisine, learning languages and more.

Global Media Projects: Students will work with mentors from Cleveland Charter High School to create video projects and take action on global issues.

Virtual Collaboration with International Peers: Students will share experiences with peers in another country in real-time.

June — July 2019

  • Hire a full-time Go Global Classroom Coordinator

  • Select three middle schools in the Northwest District

  • Draft Go Global Classroom handbook, evaluations and questionnaires

August — September 2019

  • Determine a teacher at each school to participate

  • Review lesson plans, handbook and evaluations with teachers

  • Create Go Global Classroom calendars

October 2019

  • Go Global Classroom commences with orientation and preliminary questionnaire

  • Programming occurs weekly and includes Go Global Ambassador visits, cultural activities, virtual collaborations with peers in other countries, and global media projects

November 2019 — January 2020

  • Programming occurs weekly and includes Go Global Ambassador visits, cultural activities, virtual collaborations with peers in other countries, and global media projects

February 2020

  • Mid-year evaluations

  • Programming occurs weekly and includes Go Global Ambassador visits, cultural activities, virtual collaborations with peers in other countries, and global media projects

March 2020 — April 2020

  • Programming occurs weekly and includes Go Global Ambassador visits, cultural activities, virtual collaborations with peers in other countries, and global media projects

May 2020

  • Go Global Classroom activities conclude with final questionnaire

  • End of year evaluations

  • Year End celebration

In what stage of innovation is this project?

Pilot project (testing a new idea on a small scale to prove feasibility)

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.

Students will receive preliminary and final questionnaires to assess their attitudes, curiosity and knowledge about global facts, cultures and events. Success will be defined by a change in attitudes, and increased knowledge and curiosity about global facts, cultures and events.

Success will be measured by the following tools:

  • Student preliminary questionnaire to establish a baseline and final questionnaire to assess results of program

  • Student and teacher evaluations to collect qualitative feedback on experiences

  • IVCLA staff person will conduct in-person observation and assessments based on evaluation metrics determined by teachers and a volunteer expert

  • Overtime, we will conduct a quantitative study to measure the effect of the Go Global Classroom on high school graduation rates, college matriculation, and other metrics