Participate Learning Partnerships

Join a large network of schools inspiring teachers and students to ignite change, foster human understanding and create peace in their communities and the world.

Schools that partner with Participate Learning unlock the benefits of a global curriculum and dual language immersion to impact student growth.

K-12 schools use our resources and services as a framework for school-wide planning, curriculum design, and classroom instruction.

Dual Language / Immersion

Participate Learning recruits international teachers to provide cultural exchange as well as instruction in their native language (Spanish or Mandarin). Dual language programs can take either of the following two forms:

  • Full immersion model: 90% of instruction is delivered in the target language
  • 50/50 model: Instruction is split between the target language and English

Learning another language builds cognitive skills students need to succeed. Research shows students in bilingual environments have higher executive functions, empathy, and reading comprehension levels. Speaking another language also increases students’ ability to focus and prioritize tasks.

Ambassadors in Participate Learning’s dual language programs teach core subjects in the target language. Instruction begins in kindergarten and goes to fifth grade.

Thorough implementation and instructional support are cornerstones of Participate Learning dual language programs.

Get started with bilingual immersion at your school.

Benefits of the Participate Learning global leaders program

Raise student and teacher engagement

According to Participate’s 2017 Impact Report, 81% of teachers said “a vision for global learning has been developed through an effective collaboration among staff, students and stakeholders.” Students and teachers engage in real-world problem solving and critical thinking.

Increase student achievement

Students in our partners’ dual language programs consistently score higher on standardized tests than their non-immersion peers. Research shows bilingual people have an easier time with key brain functions like decision-making and reading comprehension. For more information, download our Benefits of a Bilingual Brain infographic in English or Spanish.

Prepare students for the future.

Participate Learning’s 2017 Impact Report found that 93% of teachers reported changing their practice to include real-world challenges, which helps develop cultural literacy and global awareness in students.

Retain teaching staff and build a positive school culture

Teachers in Participate Learning partner schools consistently report higher levels of satisfaction with professional learning, school culture and leadership opportunities, all key indicators for retention. Attracting and retaining high-quality teachers is essential for student growth and keeping recruitment costs down.

“Participate Learning has been a game changer in my teaching career. It has lit a fire in me and has created a passion for global learning that I didn’t even know I had.”

 

Sandra Bays
Teacher at Elon Elementary

What does a global leaders program include?

Instructional support

  • Professional development courses
  • Instructional coaching and support
  • A library of curated classroom resources
  • Collaborative learning opportunities
  • Classroom observations
  • Classroom kits and instructional materials

Leadership development

  • Mentoring for principals
  • Teacher leader training
  • Strategic planning and implementation support
  • Annual symposium for school leaders

Assessments and evaluation

  • A customized evaluation plan
  • Quarterly program health reports
  • End-of-year impact study
  • Benchmark assessments
  • Assessments in the target language

School connections

  • Community outreach support
  • Student recruitment and enrollment support
  • Classroom partnerships
  • Access to a network of global leaders program schools