Portals are a chance to reimagine education

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“I’VE SPENT 20 YEARS IN THE CLASSROOM AND I’VE NEVER SEEN A TOOL DO SO MUCH FOR THE KIDS AS THIS”

— STEVE CHINOSI

 
Narrative4   Narrative 4 uses story exchange to build empathy, shatter stereotypes, and break down barriers between young people through portals in schools in Floyd County, Kentucky, Tampico, New Mexico, and in the Bronx, New York. These Portals connect regularly with one another to expose students to young people from diverse backgrounds, and to help build confidence in their public speaking, communication ability, and in themselves.

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Narrative 4 uses story exchange to build empathy, shatter stereotypes, and break down barriers between young people through portals in schools in Floyd County, Kentucky, Tampico, New Mexico, and in the Bronx, New York. These Portals connect regularly with one another to expose students to young people from diverse backgrounds, and to help build confidence in their public speaking, communication ability, and in themselves.

UWC   Through Portal_Rooms at both sites, faculty at the United World College (UWC) secondary school in Montezuma, New Mexico, teach classes simultaneously attended by UWC students and youth at the Camino Nuevo Youth Detention Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Youth at both sites interact three times a week in a variety of classes around art, ethics, and college preparedness.

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Through Portal_Rooms at both sites, faculty at the United World College (UWC) secondary school in Montezuma, New Mexico, teach classes simultaneously attended by UWC students and youth at the Camino Nuevo Youth Detention Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Youth at both sites interact three times a week in a variety of classes around art, ethics, and college preparedness.

Andover Public Schools   Andover Public Schools brings the Inflatable_Portal to different schools within the district, allowing for students of all ages to connect to Portal sites around the world. Students develop familiarity and understanding of communities from Erbil, Iraq to Kigali, Rwanda, and engage directly with people they would never otherwise encounter.

Andover Public Schools

Andover Public Schools brings the Inflatable_Portal to different schools within the district, allowing for students of all ages to connect to Portal sites around the world. Students develop familiarity and understanding of communities from Erbil, Iraq to Kigali, Rwanda, and engage directly with people they would never otherwise encounter.

 
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Shared_Studios collaborates with Johns Hopkins University to bring together students in Baltimore, Beirut, and Gaza through virtual-exchange “hackathons.”

Students form teams through the Portal and work as one unit to solve a public health problem facing refugee communities in Beirut and Gaza. The hackathon teaches participants transferable design skills, while heightening cultural literacy, empathy, and teamwork.