Cross Cultural Connect began as a project created by Kayla Angstadt, an ESL certified elementary school teacher. In an effort to fully engage her students, she wanted to combine authentic teaching methods with multicultural education and language learning. After interviewing, meeting, and conferencing with over 30 schools in 8 different countries, CCC created an interactive curriculum that molds into the everyday curriculum of the common classroom. CCC earned recognition as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in August of 2015. Cross Cultural Connect’s mission is to provide students with authentic learning experiences in the areas of language, culture, and technology through a customizable, standards-based curriculum.
We started connecting schools in 2014, when CCC hosted its first connection between two schools in Cuzco, Peru and Boston, Massachusetts. 9th and 10th grade students at Ausangate Bilingual School in Cuzco were connected with 7th grade students at W.S. Parker Middle School Reading in Boston. That same year, we formed a connection between 4th and 5th grade students at The International School Nido De Aguilas in Santiago, Chile and 4th and 5th grade students at Wilton Manors Elementary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
We continued to grow our International Network in 2015, when honors Spanish classes at Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania connected with 9th and 10th grade students in Centro Educativo Jorge DeBravo in Turrialba, Costa Rica.
In 2016, a new group of 7th grade students at W.S. Parker Middle School Reading in Boston, Massachusetts connected with 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students in Centro Educativo Jorge DeBravo in Turrialba, Costa Rica. Most recently, 5th grade students at Centro Educativo Jorge DeBravo in Turrialba, Costa Rica wrote handwritten letters and created videos to share with indigenous students in Alto Pacuare, Costa Rica at Escuela Yoldi Kicha.