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Academy for Innovation and Change through Education in collaboration with North Carolina-Moldova Bilateral Partnership North Carolina—Moldova
Academy for Innovation and Change through Education
in collaboration with
North Carolina-Moldova Bilateral Partnership
North Carolina—Moldova
Service Learning School
Partnership 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.
This project will be made possible by the generous support of the Ameri-
can people through the United States Department of State. Its contents are
the responsibility of the Project Team and do not necessarily reflect the
views of the Department of State or the United States Government.
Teacher goals:  encourage interactive learning; teaching methods and reciprocal    add new insights
Teacher goals:  encourage interactive learning; teaching methods and reciprocal    add new insights

Teacher goals:

encourage

interactive

learning;

teaching

methods

and

reciprocal



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

organizations,

which

collaborative work;

between

faculty

can

open

other

and

community

opportunities for

improve

school

relationships.

climate

and

positive school-community

Student goals:

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.

Teacher goals:  encourage interactive learning; teaching methods and reciprocal    add new insights
Teacher goals:  encourage interactive learning; teaching methods and reciprocal    add new insights
Teacher goals:  encourage interactive learning; teaching methods and reciprocal    add new insights
Teacher goals:  encourage interactive learning; teaching methods and reciprocal    add new insights
American and Moldovan students will communicate:  Via project blog  Using Skype and Viber 
American and Moldovan students
will communicate:
Via project blog
Using Skype and Viber
Through Facebook
On project forum
By email
American and Moldovan teachers
will learn how to engage students in service
learning initiatives while:
being guided by project coordinators and mentors;
participating in bi-monthly webinars;
completing bi-monthly online assignments;
exchanging email with colleagues and partners;
collaborating with project strategic partners: iEARN
(International and Education Network), Youth Service
America, Ministry of Education, US Embassy to Moldova
Project Schedule  October 2016 — Participant registration 20-25 schools from North Carolina and Republic of
Project Schedule  October 2016 — Participant registration 20-25 schools from North Carolina and Republic of

Project Schedule

October 2016Participant registration

20-25 schools from North Carolina and Republic of Moldova will register to participate in the project. A project blog will be created to link all international teams. Each school will publish a short profile to include school info, website, Facebook link,

Project Schedule  October 2016 — Participant registration 20-25 schools from North Carolina and Republic of

logo, plus a few student group pictures. Schools from North

Carolina and Republic of Moldova will be paired up according to school profiles and student preferences. Students from both sides of the Atlantic will be introduced to each other via photo

and video introductions.

November 2016Investigation

Project participants will participate in two webinars to learn

about the benefits of service learning to students, schools and communities. Online instructional modules will be posted on the project blog. Participants will be guided along the process

of planning, conducting and implementing service learning

initiatives which are also linked to their school curricula.

December 2016Preparation and planning

American and Moldovan educators and students will work together to plan several service learning initiatives in their local communities. Students will exchange ideas and feedback on the project blog and via Skype sessions.

January 2017Action

American and Moldovan teachers will learn how to integrate

service learning initiatives in their school curricula. Two

webinars will be organized to introduce participants to such concepts as experiential learning and critical reflection as part of service learning. Educators will develop rubrics that assess and evaluate aspects of the project, including collaboration,

teamwork, presentation, etc.

Project Schedule  October 2016 — Participant registration 20-25 schools from North Carolina and Republic of
Project Schedule  October 2016 — Participant registration 20-25 schools from North Carolina and Republic of
Project Schedule  October 2016 — Participant registration 20-25 schools from North Carolina and Republic of
Project Schedule  October 2016 — Participant registration 20-25 schools from North Carolina and Republic of
 February 2017-March 2017—Action and Demonstration American and Moldovan students will work together to implement various
 February 2017-March 2017—Action and Demonstration
American and Moldovan students will work together to implement
various community serving initiatives in their local communities.
They will create video reports to reflect on their involvement in the
project. All reports will be published on the project blog. In March
students will vote for the most creative and inspiring video reports.
 March 2017—Reflection, assessment and evaluation
Project participants will reflect on the implementation of their
service learning initiatives. Students involvement will be evaluated
according to the rubrics created in January. Skype sessions will be
organized for American and Moldovan students to exchange
feedback on their experience.
PROJECT THEMES
SAMPLE STUDENT ACTIVITIES  Conduct a survey to learn about the needs of their communities; 
SAMPLE STUDENT ACTIVITIES  Conduct a survey to learn about the needs of their communities; 

SAMPLE STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Conduct a survey to learn about the needs of their communities;

  

Organize a local campaign to raise funds to support the poor or the socially vulnerable;

Plan a flash mob to prevent drug use among young people in the

area;

Interview a senior citizen to find out what the needs of the elderly are;

Raise awareness about land, water or air pollution and encourage communities to protect the environment;

Coordinate a recycling initiative for children and youth;

Manage a volunteering event to encourage students be actively engaged in their communities;

Help local authorities clean a local park or plant trees and flowers;

Partner with a local NGO and get involved in a community service activity as volunteers;

Contributions: The students will get an opportunity to engage in experiential learning and make a difference in their communities in collaboration with their peers from over the Atlantic.

Outcomes: At the end of each of the projects American and Moldovan students will share their project details, experiences and

outcomes in the form of simple reports, Power Point presentation, pictorial report or short 2-5 minutes videos. The project outcomes of the students will be displayed on the project forum. We will also vote for the most creative and powerful video reports.

SAMPLE STUDENT ACTIVITIES  Conduct a survey to learn about the needs of their communities; 
SAMPLE STUDENT ACTIVITIES  Conduct a survey to learn about the needs of their communities; 
SAMPLE STUDENT ACTIVITIES  Conduct a survey to learn about the needs of their communities; 
SAMPLE STUDENT ACTIVITIES  Conduct a survey to learn about the needs of their communities; 
PROJECT TEAM Dr Daniela Munca-Aftenev A transformative leader in Moldovan cross-cultural education and exchange programs, with
PROJECT TEAM
Dr Daniela Munca-Aftenev
A transformative leader in Moldovan cross-cultural education and
exchange programs, with more than a ten year expertise in
managing educational projects, online teaching methodology,
project-based inquiry, global classroom development, diplomacy,
service-learning, alumni development, and ESL/EFL (teaching
English as a second / foreign language). The go-to person for U.S.
organizations, the US Embassy, American Councils Moldova, IREX
Moldova, and other agencies wanting high-quality, creative, and
impactful youth and teachers programs in Moldova. Coordinated the
following projects: iEARN Moldova Global Youth Service
Day and EFL Blogging School (financed by US Embassy to
Moldova), i-Engage: Ukraine-Georgia-Belarus-Moldova Online
Teacher Network (financed by US Department of State), Web 2.0
Tools for Institute of Education Sciences Experts (financed
by IREX International Research and Exchange Board), Teaching
Foreign Languages for Specific Purposes in the 21st
Century International Conference (financed by IREX
International Research and Exchange Board), iEARN-Moldova
network for K-12 teachers (ECA Alumni Small Grants
Award, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US
Department of State).
Olga Morozan An expert with extensive experience as project coordinator and trainer in various national and
Olga Morozan An expert with extensive experience as project coordinator and trainer in various national and

Olga Morozan

An expert with extensive experience as project coordinator and trainer in various national and international projects and programs connected to education and social sciences. Has expertise in co- writing projects financed by U.S Department of State, American Councils for International Education (International Outreach Funds). Advanced skills in designing and teaching e-learning/face-

Olga Morozan An expert with extensive experience as project coordinator and trainer in various national and

to-face courses in Education and Social Sciences, Management and

Leadership for all age students, pre-/-in-service specialists in educa- tion, psychology and management, future leaders of Moldovan soci- ety. Curently coordinating thee Access Microscholarship Program financed by US Department of State, serves as the iEARN-Moldova Country Coordinator. Has successfully coordinated and implement- ed various cross-cultural, educational and civic engagements pro- grams and projects, such as Make the Change through Civic Engagement and Make the Change through Social Theater. Involved in various international academic and research projects, such as Student Active Learning in Science, financed by Tempus Tacis, Developing standards of learning efficien- cy and standards of quality in secondary general educa- tion institution from the perspective of child-friendly school in partnership with Ministry of Education of Moldova, UNICEF Moldova and Institute of Educational Sciences of Moldova.

Corina Ceban

One of the most active iEARN-Moldova teachers, expert in integrating blogs in second language acquisition, holds an MA in

Education and is currently working at the “Vasile Alecsandri”

Lyceum from Bălţi. Has worked as an Acccess Microscholarship instructor, EFL Blogging School and EFL Youth Voices Project trainer. Holds 1st didactic degree in teaching English as a foreign language and a superior didactic degree. Graduated the E-teaching Program with a focus on alternative assessment, University of Oregon, USA in 2013 and the SUSI Academic Program, U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators , Montana, USA, 2015.

Olga Morozan An expert with extensive experience as project coordinator and trainer in various national and
Olga Morozan An expert with extensive experience as project coordinator and trainer in various national and
Olga Morozan An expert with extensive experience as project coordinator and trainer in various national and
Olga Morozan An expert with extensive experience as project coordinator and trainer in various national and
PROJECT PARTNERS iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations
PROJECT PARTNERS
iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools
and youth organizations in over 140 countries. iEARN empowers
teachers and young peo-ple to work together online using the Inter-
net and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000
students each day are engaged in collabo-rative project work world-
wide.
Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged children
and youth committed to a life-time of meaningful service, learning,
and leader-ship. With half the world’s population under age 25, our
mission is to help all young people find their voice, take action, and
make an impact on vital community issues.