Application for the 2021 Virtual Exchange Academy
2021 Virtual Exchange Academy
Schools, institutions, and organizations around the world use virtual exchange to prepare young people for the workforce and to be active global citizens. As an emerging and evolving field, virtual exchange is poised to impact countless young people around the world. The Stevens Initiative is dedicated to providing pathways that lead to virtual exchange adoption.
The Virtual Exchange Academy prepares education and exchange leaders and practitioners to participate in the innovative and powerful field of virtual exchange. This month-long training teaches foundational elements of virtual exchange planning and implementation. Participants will get a comprehensive introduction from experts and will be better positioned to adopt this powerful global learning tool.
The Virtual Exchange Academy will take place over four weeks (March 8, 2021 to April 2, 2021) and will include four live sessions via Zoom. Each two-hour session will take place on a Wednesday with two time offerings: 9am and 12pm U.S. Eastern Time.
Applications are due at 5pm U.S. Eastern Time on Friday, December 18, 2020.
Selected participants will be placed in a small cohort with distinguished peers from around the world and will be recognized for their increased knowledge about virtual exchange. As part of this cohort, participants will:
Be added to a LinkedIn Group for their cohort.
Receive recognition of their participation in the Virtual Exchange Academy through certificates or other badging.
Have access to ongoing guidance on virtual exchange.
Eligibility: Educators and administrators as well as education/exchange program administrators at both the K-12 and higher education level are welcome to apply. Applicants should have little knowledge of or experience with virtual exchange. Prioritization will be given to applicants:
With little knowledge of or experience with virtual exchange.
From United States and the Middle East and North Africa, though applications from other countries will be considered. If from the United States, applications from states where the Stevens Initiative has low or no reach will be prioritized. These states include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Representing communities that have been marginalized from international education.
Interested in increasing virtual exchange opportunities as part of internationalization (incorporating global education) programming at their entire school, institution, or organization, not just a single classroom.
Time Commitment and Expectations: Spots in the training are limited, and participants will be selected carefully. The Stevens Initiative expects full and active participation throughout the training. Participants should expect to spend around three and a half hours per week on this training, including the two-hour weekly live session and up to an hour and a half of pre-session preparation. This pre-session preparation will include the review of provided resources, videos, activities, publications, etc.
The success of this cohort-model training relies on engaged and attentive participants during live sessions and any other group activities. Live sessions emphasize interaction rather than passive learning. Participants are expected to do all pre-session preparation thoroughly and on time and arrive ready to engage in activities and discussions.