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Classrooms Without Borders

Connecting teachers and learners though experiential education and international travel

Our mission is two-fold:
• To strengthen Holocaust and Israel Education in our community: By connecting teachers and learners though experiential professional development travel seminars and continuing education opportunities Classrooms Without Borders enables educators to immerse themselves in history and culture and integrate their personal experiences into their curricula.

• To inspire teachers and students to action: By promoting universal human values; diversity, altruism, forgiveness, courage, respect and faith in humanity, Classrooms Without Borders teaches the past in order to create understanding and future change.

Vision

We will be recognized as an effective provider of experiential education and professional development opportunies for educators and learners in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Strategic Goals

To accomplish our Mission, we will:

  • develop pre-travel workshops to teach and learn about Study Tour destinations
  • integrate multidisciplinary lessons and units into classroom instruction
  • apply the lessons of the Holocaust to international current events
  • use international travel as an experiential basis for the study of diversity
  • enable teachers and learners to communicate and collaborate at global level
  • deepen teachers’ content knowledge of global issues such as the Israel/Palestinian conflict, genocide and religious differences
  • imbue participants with values and beliefs that encourage empathy for global issues

Belief Statements

We believe that:

  • experiential learning brings learning to life and life to learning
  • recognition and understanding of other cultures teaches tolerance and respect
  • international study tours open minds to learning and open hearts to understanding
  • collaboration and communication among teachers and learners create classrooms without borders