2017-2018 Project Guide

Maryland School Linkage Program

2017-2018 school year project guide for United States students and teachers

Introduction: The Maryland School Linkage Program is a worldwide education initiative under the umbrella of Maryland Sister States. This initiative seeks to develop creative projects based on virtual exchange between partner schools supported in the system of international exchange that Sister States has developed.

During the current school year the students and teachers will have the opportunity to develop a creative project based on virtual exchange

2017-2018 School Year Concept: Sustainable Globalization

“The major challenge – and opportunity – of our time is to create a form of commerce that uplifts the entire human community of 6.5 billions and does so in a way that respects both natural and cultural diversity. Indeed that is the only realistic and viable pathway to a sustainable world.”[1]

For this first year we have chosen sustainable globalization as a main concept. Base on this concept students will investigate about different topics and possible areas of improvement in their countries, cities or neighborhoods. Base on the problem and process of collaboration the school linkage team will create a possible solution for the problem.

Related Topics

development world
clean energy
world economy
global citizen
free trade
fair trade
globalized economy
Paris agreement
The Great firewall of China
Limits to growth
movement of talent
Air pollution
climate change

Engaging Questions

At the begging the linkage school team led by the teachers will discuss this questions. This can be done at the beginning of the second phase

·      How our collaborative project can lead us to improve our actual globalized world?
·      How people can stablish better relationships to have a fair and productive globalized economy?
·      How is this problem the same/different in my community or school?
·      How current technological tools and access to global interaction can facilitate us the development of sustainable initiatives to resolve essential problems that affect the natural resources?
·      Are networking, cooperation and interconnectedness necessary to achieve social changes in the world and why?
·      Why this matter to me, my country, my city, the planet?
·      Is globalization sustainable?

Phase 1 Getting to know the project

Introducing each other (making the name of the linkage team)

(video chat- initial conversations with skype or other web tools)

Develop of the collaborative platform. Teachers and students will use the collaborative platform Padlet for upload content, resources, works, references and tools. This Padlet must have the following name: school linkage name-sustainable globalization - year 1 – and the name of the project. This platform needs to be shared with the students of the other country.

The participant teachers should arrange a time for the initial live conversation, after that the communication does not have to be live.

Phase 2 Getting Started

1.     Discussion of the concept, related topics and engage questions

      2.Collaborative, exploration and investigation process.
      (find the problem - area of improvement)

      Formulate a clear and focused research question and justify its relevance.
      Formulate and follow and action plan to investigate a research question.
      Use research methods to collect and record relevant information.

3.Teachers and students should keep in mind that the project must make trans disciplinary integration and connections.

(science – art – technology – social studies – design - math)

·      Teachers will use content related instruction that makes meaningful connections to the world and expands learners’ knowledge of other disciplines and the world. [2]
·      The final project should show but not limited to: team work, visual evidence, digital presentations, surveys or any body of evidence produce by both teams in and out of Maryland.

4. Students will upload all their works in the online platform Padlet.
They will use the platform for communication and show that they are making progress.

5. Linkage team project proposal form
Every linkage team will fill the project proposal form. This form will be used as a project guide and will be created by the students with the help of the teachers.

Phase 3 Status Check
The Maryland School Linkage Program team will check the progress of the projects coordinating an official meeting between the teachers and several representatives of the linkage teams in Annapolis. In the meeting the participant teachers will share the progress with a three slides power point presentation. This power point presentation should include photos and videos compiled during the process, evidence of the communication between the countries and videos of the students sharing comments about the experience.

Phase 4 Putting in all together

Time for the second group conversation via skype coordinated by the teachers

Base on the problem and process of collaboration between the schools, they (school linkage team) will create a possible solution. The team need to develop 1 project base on the solution that they propose to solve the problem.

Each project will include a solution developed by the linkage team between the two countries.

Students should be focused on considering ideas from other perspectives and points of view

Phase 5 Showcase

Students will present their final projects at the Secretary State’s Office in June 2018

School logistics

The teachers will meet with the select group of students every other week. Students will be selected by the teachers or can join voluntarily. The final work is not for grade, students will receive service hours, and a certificate instead. We suggest that the group of students be no more than 6

Teachers can build the project as a club in the schools.

Once they enter the program, teachers will continue to receive support and will be part of the network of educators of the Maryland School Linkage Program.

How the students will exchange their ideas and thoughts with the team during the process?

Students in United States will start

The teacher need to select a note taker for every meeting session. This student will upload the results of the meeting in the online platform (Padlet) at the end of the meeting session. The document should include the date of the meeting.
The students in the other country will add their comments and do the same process in their meetings, they need to upload the same document with what they have added.
In the next meeting students will use the document to continue the conversation and so on the process will continue.


We have added some rubrics to maintain an adequate focus in the project, the rubrics will not be used to offer a grade, they will be used to guide the students to do a work of excellence that meets the requirements of the initiative. Rubrics are important because they help us to align the project with the educational standards and to integrate the content of the subjects.

Links and References

Goals for Year 1

To have at least  5 school linkages with a total of  5 projects

Reward teachers and students for the work done

Obtain grants

A global perspective with tolerance and open mind will lead our students to want to live on a planet with a more sustainable globalization and this can be achieved by them, wishing to be world leaders.

[1] Stuart L. Hart ( 2007, P.228 )
[2] Startalk Principles for Effective Teaching and Learning