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Welcome to the second year of the "Global Perspectives" project. After a successful pilot program (see http://sara.TheEllisSchool.org/WorldClass/GP-index.html), we present "GP-2000", which will begin a series of programs addressing certain global issues and using various nations as case studies. The project will give your students the opportunity to communicate with students from other countries, using e-mail and an "instant message" program for on-line conversations in real time!

Members of my 8th grade class will be establishing communications with students around the world to discuss both their daily lives and two important global issues (global economics and the environment). Questions that participating students create about how certain nations are dealing with these issues will be used in embassy briefings that we are scheduling for a May of 2000 field trip to Washington, D.C. All participating students who submit questions used in those briefings will be sited as contributors for the resulting case study summaries which will be written and posted on this web site by my students.

This project provides a great opportunity for your students to communicate in English at two levels: composing letters for e-mail exchanges and writing during "live dialogue" sessions. It also gives students a chance to participate in the development of a global approach to issues that affect us all, no matter where we live. If all goes well, plans for following years involve choosing new topics and nations for the case studies.

Schools that apply for the project will be accepted on a "first come/first served" basis, according to global diversity and level of interest expressed. We are looking for about fifteen schools from a representative array of geographic regions to comprise this year's group. Interested schools should contact me. Schools selected for "GP-2000" will be sent details about the project, including scheduling, how to get started, student contacts, and more.


Here is the schedule
for this year!
 July-August 1. establish overview (goals, procedures, etc.)
2. draft "call for participation" form letter
3. draft "response for request of more information" form letter
4. create web site draft
 August-September 1. register participating schools
2. draft/send "welcome to the project" form letter
3. establish web site, including overview
4. add schools to web site, including "mailto" links to faculty reps
 September 1. establish core group of student contacts for host school
2. brainstorm questions for "school information" requests from students
3. core students send messages inroducing themselves to peers (see "GP-2000 Chat Room" schedule)
 October 1. contact students exchange "school information"
2. students complete final drafts of school summaries
 November 1. students/faculty reps give final approval fro school summaries
2. school summaries posted on project web site
December-February 1. students draft questions/messages requesting information on student life
2. students begin "informal" exchanges of information
 March 1. host students begin work on case studies
2. students create questions for embassy briefings
 April 1. deadline for questions is given to participating schools
2. questions included on the project's web site
 May 1. host students conduct embassy briefings
2. host students write case study summaries/post on web site
2. host students write, send "thank you" messages to peers
 June 1. follow-up messages sent to participating schools to preview the next project
2. lesson plans are created based on analysis of survey results
 July-August (new cycle begins)

Participating Schools

Welcome to all
new AND returning participants(*)!
The Ellis School (USA)* Gregg Stone*
Mann Middle School (USA)* Kristi Coker*
Westwood Collegiate (Canada) Lorelei Steffler*
Ankermedet Skole (Denmark)* Mette Samuelsen*
Sognegardsvej 41 (Denmark) Betina Kjellerup
Lycée Pasteur (Brazil)* Barbara Dieu*
Instituto GayLussac (Brazil) Thelma Lethier Leite
Scuola Media Statale 'G.Pascoli' (Italy) Graziella Seveso
Cairo-Durham High School (USA) Joan Crounse
Lindisfarne Anglican School (Australia) Tony Sharman
East Ayr State School (Australia) Peter Knapton
Ceylon Hotel School & School of Tourism (Sri Lanka)* Sarath Seneviratne*
Yugla Gymnasium (Latvia)* Baiba Priekule*
Shree Amulakh (India) Chetna Shah
Edgemeade High School (South Africa)* Redvers Lawrence*

GP-2000 Chat Room

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GP-2000 Chat Room


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Participating Schools:

08/02/99 (2:10 - 2:17PM EST) Ellis successful test run w/ three users!

Participating Nations

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