Share the importance of International Education Week with your students. Bring classrooms to life with MY HERO's Multimedia Resources and Lesson Plan for Teachers. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
Students learn about one or all of the following educators and those working towards education equality, then consider the discussion questions and activities. Students are invited to honor their favorite teacher on MY HERO.
Students read the following two stories and learn about two educator heroes who are making a difference for girls in Afghanistan.
Pashtana Durrani is determined to continue providing educational opportunities for women and girls in Afghanistan, even if she has to resist the Taliban and go underground.
Yasmine Sherif and Esther Wojcicki won the MY HERO Global Educator Award. The MY HERO Global Educator Award honors individuals who provide access to quality and compassionate learning environments for students around the world. These leaders understand the power of connectivity and provide tools and a voice for young people to share their vision and exchange ideas and values.
Students watch the film and read the story to learn about educator Erin Gruwell. Gruwell makes it her goal to teach students to put down their fists and guns and pick up a pen. She inspires students to accept differences between themselves and other people.
Erin Gruwell continues to inspire educators and students around the world with her compassion and wisdom.
Students read the story to learn about Cheikh Darou Seck, global educator and principal of a school in Senegal. Seck brings educational opportunities to students in his country.
Cheikh Darou Seck is the 2009 winner of the MY HERO Global Educator Award.
1. Erin Gruwell inspired her students by focusing her English classes on storytelling, compassion, and tolerance, which made a positive difference in their lives. Which teacher has made a positive impact on your life? Share his or her story with MY HERO.
2. Cheikh Darou Seck is an educator in Senegal. Research education opportunities for students globally. What surprised you? Who is working to improve educational opportunities globally? Share his or her story with MY HERO.
3. Sakena Yacoobi and Pashtana Durrani Afghani demonstrate courage as they work providing educational opportunities for girls in Afghanistan. Who are others working to provide educational opportunities in Afghanistan and other countries around the world? Share his or her story with MY HERO.
Learn about additional global educators by reading the stories and watching the film below.
* Watch the film about Charles Antipem from Ghana, who invented a small science set that helps African children engage in scientific experiments.
* Read the story Techo and Techo para Aprender about an organization started in Chile to assist with housing for the poor. The organization is now in 19 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, helping to bring educational opportunities to each country's impoverished children.
* Read the story about Alexandra's grandfather Felix Elizalde, who advocated for the importance of education. (This story is available in text and audio so students can listen as they read along. Great for ESL/EFF students.)
Chales Antipem invents a science set to help African students engage in scientific experiments.
Techo and Techo para Aprender are nonprofits in Chile that help empower impoverished communities through leadership, housing and education.
The story below is available in text and audio, allowing students to listen as they read along. Great for ESL/EFF Students.
Alexandra writes about her grandfather, Felix Elizalde, who worked alongside Cesar Chavez by advocating for the importance of education.
1. Charles Antipem from Ghana invented a science set to help African children engage in scientific experiments. What other inventions have opened up opportunities for students to learn? Do some research and share the story with MY HERO.
2. Techo & Techo is now in 19 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, bringing educational opportunities to impoverished children. What other organizations work to bring educational opportunities to children who may not otherwise receive an education? Share the story with MY HERO.
3. Felix Elizalde, Alexandra's grandfather, believed in the importance of education and the accessibility of higher education for Latino students. Is there someone in your family who works in education? Interview your family member and share the story with MY HERO.
Story for Younger Readers - by a Younger Reader
1. Jesse's hero is her teacher Bill Belsey. Do you have a teacher you admire? Share his or her story with MY HERO.
2. One of the reasons Jesse admires her teacher Bill Belsey is because he is committed to ending bullying. How does your school work to end bullying? What can you do? Get involved and share the story with MY HERO.
Students will recognize that the opportunity to receive an education is not available to all children. Students will identify people in their schools, community, and family, as well as organizations, who work to improve access to education.
MY HERO International Festival Educator Award Winners
The International Education Week lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
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A Place for Educators to Learn About the MY HERO Learning Circle Partnership with iEARN.
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
Organizer created on 10/9/2019 7:46:48 AM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 6/27/2023 12:24:09 PM by Laura Nietzer