Connecting With Communities Around the World

Collaborating to Learn about Geography, Humans, and the Environment


Deadline for registration: Tuesday, September 21, 2021

To read about last year’s Connecting Communities experience, click here.

What is the Connecting with Communities course?

• A social studies exploration and global exchange between New York and Kenya classrooms that will take place over the course of 4 weeks in October-November 2021.

• Created and supported by Level Up Village, whose mission is to pair classrooms around the world for collaborative learning. We specialize in pre-K – 12th grade courses in STEAM and Social Studies with an emphasis on global citizenship.

• Built around New York State requirements and addresses third grade required material, however, it is relevant and appropriate for students in grades 3-5.

• Fully prepared lesson plans that provide step-by-step guidance that incorporates Social Studies Practices and Common Core Literacy Standards.

How does it work?

The Level Up Village team, with our partner organization in Kenya (NGO Kenya Connect), pair up NY classrooms with Kenyan classrooms. They exchange “pen pal” videos to learn about each other’s country and culture. They proceed to research human impact on the environment in their regions and exchange more videos to reveal the issues they are facing and the actions they should take.

How do the students benefit?

• Small groups in each class get to make a personal connection with another group and learn directly from them about their culture including daily routines, meals, activities, sports, and school subjects.

• Students get to apply Social Studies Practices in a real-world environment.

• They are excited to learn through researching and discussing their own community.

• They create a grade-level appropriate technology-based presentation to share their learning.

• They practice communication skills as they exchange ideas with their global partner on the LUV secure platform.

• They focus on being solution finders and taking action to implement change in the world.

• They gradually develop a global perspective.

This program is open to students in Grades 3-5. Each participating class will be paired with another grade-appropriate group of students from Kenya. For questions about the course, please contact Level Up Village.

The cost is $750 per classroom + an administrative fee to Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. All contracts and fees are processed through P/NW BOCES. Your district may be eligible for CoSer (Cooperative Service) aid. Please check with your administration. If you have any questions on payment, please contact Greg Fredricks.