Cross Cultural Connect was incorporated in 2014 by passionate school teachers and global citizens who are dedicated to spreading multicultural awareness in classrooms and households around the world. CCC’s mission is to deliver world-wide multicultural education, facilitate collaborative communication, and provide developmental opportunities that influence ever-evolving global citizens. Our vision is that all individuals recognize themselves as part of a diverse world community. We value diversity, organic learning experiences, the empowerment of citizens on a local and global level, and educational equality.
Cross Cultural Connect is and always has been a virtual program. We have consistently facilitated virtual “penpal” connections through a wide variety of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds from inner city schools in India to indigenous rural education centers in Costa Rica. CCC has also cultivated multiple developmental projects to improve educational conditions for students in need. We help schools obtain the necessary technology to run a consistent global connection, and we foster growth in schools with professional development sessions that allow teachers and students alike to thrive.
Our Mission: 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.
Top Ten Reasons to Connect
Most teachers and professionals know that there are a number of reasons why pen pals can be a positive experience for the teachers, the students, the schools, and both communities. Our top ten reasons we are inspired to connect people across the globe are:
1.) Cultural Awareness – We live in a huge world filled with an incredible number of unique individuals as well as beautiful cultures and ways of life. An understanding of the value of such diversity is imperative to a world citizen.
2.) Technology Integration – We find ourselves redefining the term “Common Knowledge” on a daily basis. As our society becomes more technologically advanced, it becomes essential for people to have “21st Century Skills” in order to succeed.
3.) Professional Development – Teachers will acquire the the “21st Century Skills” that their students will need to be taught. The tools teachers will learn to use will not only be useful in the CCC program, but in their future classes as well.
4.) Research Based Learning – Rather than gathering information from an outdated textbook, students are using primary resources to answer questions which they find interesting.
5.) Team Building Skills – Students work together to increase the common knowledge of the classroom during their research projects as well as creating the cultural video. These opportunities allow a student to recognize his or her personal strengths to share for the good of the group.
6.) Multi-lingual education and communication – The benefits to learning a new language are almost infinite. A new language can open doors and create connections.
7.) Higher Level thinking skills – CCC promotes open communication, understanding, and fair treatment, all important skills to practice and master.
8.) Common Core Standards – Using these Standards results in a common structure and level of expectation in our English curriculum, whether the teacher is in Allentown or Turrialba. This also assists in gathering measurable assessment data.
9.) Preparation for an International Business World – As the international economy continues to grow, it is becoming imperative in today’s world to understand how international business operates. Students gain the basic necessary skills to communicate and collaborate with people from around the world.
10.) Taking Ownership in Learning – According to the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), it is natural for a learner to be more passionate about a topic they choose to study. Combining student ownership and literacy leads directly to meaningful student involvement.