NOTE: This is the third in a series of year-end reflections on the Online Leadership Program during the 2009-2010 school year.
One way that the Online Leadership Program increases our impact is through supporting other educators and institutions to use our curriculum or to adapt our youth development and digital media pedagogies. These typically take place in our headquarters in Manhattan, but we also travelled around the country and conducted online trainings.
Over the past year, OLP staff conducted professional development trainings for 200+ educators, for such institutions as the Asia Society, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Kehillah Partnership, and the National Writing Project. The topics of the trainings were wide-ranging, from games-based learning, to understanding youth digital culture, to promoting civic engagement through social media. Like all Global Kids programs, our professional development trainings are very interactive and hands-on, with many of our participants telling us this was the most enjoyable and helpful training they've ever experienced.