Reach Out and Write
Blue Planet integrates art, technology and international collaboration in the teaching of writing.
Sobre tu organización
Nombre de la organización
Blue Planet International Explorers' Bazaar & Writers' Room
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País de la organización
Estados Unidos, FL, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County
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¿Hace cuánto que viene operando tu organización?
Operando entre 1-5 años
La necesidad: ¿Cuál es el problema que tratas de solucionar?
An emphasis on standardized testing in our education system has resulted in schools failing to provide students with opportunities to enhance their writing skills beyond rudimentary essays that do not require deep reflection or creativity. Moreover, educational policies requiring mastery of specific sets of facts prevent students from getting the chance to perform critical analysis of global issues or to pursue a greater awareness of their own communities and the world around them. We see many students feeling isolated, disenfranchised, and unaware of the power of their own voices.
La solución: ¿Cuál es tu solución? Sé específico.
Through our Reach Out and Write program, Blue Planet uses the arts, technology, and international collaborations to teach children to communicate effectively in writing while shifting their attitudes about their own and other cultures, increasing their self-confidence, and eliminating the “us vs. them” mentality that divides people from different backgrounds. By working together with groups of students from other countries on e-zines, books, blogs, and other projects—and getting to know each other through fun and thought-provoking activities—students lose their misconceptions about others and gain insights into themselves while creating lasting products of which they can be proud. The projects provide opportunities for the students to examine similarities and differences and to express their thoughts and ideas to a larger audience.
El Modelo: Muéstranos a través de un ejemplo específico cómo tu solución hace una diferencia, incluye tus actividades primarias
One Reach Out and Write workshop in which we partnered with Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Mérida, Mexico included a group of Lake Worth, Florida students whose families were from Guatamala or the Yucatán region of Mexico. Because of teasing from peers whose families came from different backgrounds, the students hid the fact that they were trilingual and spoke Kanjobal, one of the Mayan languages, in addition to English and Spanish—and in class tried to act as if they were invisible. The team members were encouraged to write in any language they knew as well as in English. As the group members became familiar with their collaborators at Habla through word games, sharing stories with each other, and working on art projects together, the Mayan-American students became much less shy and reserved, and the non-Mayan group members from Lake Worth started expressing an interest in learning new words and customs from their classmates and Mexican collaborators. The Mayan-American students gained self-validation and pride in their ancestry. Meanwhile, their English grammar skills and vocabulary grew as they sought to create a publishable project. The resulting work, Tiger Paws, can be seen online at www.tigerpawsonline.org.
El mercado: ¿Quiénes son tus pares y competidores? Identifica a otros que también estén trabajando para dar respuesta a las necesidades que tú abordas y en qué te diferencias de ellos. ¿Cuáles son los desafíos que estos jugadores podrían representar para tu éxito o crecimiento?
Blue Planet is the only program of its kind in Florida, integrating writing instruction with the arts, technology, and international collaborations. In fact, it is the only non-profit writing center for children in our state. Miami-Dade State College has a Literary Arts Center that focuses on business writing for adults, whereas Blue Planet’s adult writing programs are more creative in nature. We don’t have to compete against similar local programs for funding, which is advantageous. Our unique integrative approach makes us appealing to supporters interested in the arts, technology, and education, which will help promote our growth.
Ahora que has pensado en tu innovación, ayúdanos a presentarla.
Define tu empresa, programa, servicio o producto en 1-2 frases cortas. [136 caracteres/25 palabras]
Blue Planet integrates the arts, technology, and international collaboration into the teaching of writing.
Identifica lo que es innovador en tu solución en 1-2 frases cortas. [136 caracteres/25 palabras]
Reach Out and Write engages students in writing activities by using the arts, technology and international partnerships to draw them in.
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¿Cuál ha sido el impacto de la solución hasta la fecha?
Reach Out and Write currently reaches 600 Florida students a year, in addition to students at our international partners. Each participant develops a portfolio of work that shows growth as a writer and is reviewed by the student and instructors throughout the project. Each group creates a project—a book, a webzine, a magazine, etc.—that is a permanent sample of their work that can be shared with others. We have seen the participants gain awareness of how similar their international peers are to them and gain appreciation for the differences. We have schools around South Florida asking to join the program and a roster of collaborators in England, Japan, Mexico, and Ireland.
¿Cuál es tu impacto proyectado para los próximos 1-3 años?
Blue Planet is hoping to establish Reach Out and Write projects at 20 Florida school sites each school year and at 20 sites (including camps and community centers) over each summer for the next three years. Each multi-session workshop will serve approximately 25 local students; the international workshops will also serve a similar group of students at the international partner site. Using research-based arts-integrated teaching methods, we hope to see the project expand even further in the future.
¿Qué barreras pueden dificultar el éxito de tu proyecto? ¿Cómo planean superarlas?
Blue Planet's greatest barrier to achieving success is a lack of funding. We have found that arts projects are receiving less funding in this time of economic distress. We are working to overcome this barrier by working with experienced grantwriters who volunteer their time on fundraising, continuing our public relations efforts to build additional community partnerships, and continually seeking funding from all sources we identify. We also face a challenge in finding ways of connecting with our international collaborators for online conferences, and we are seeking IT assistance and resources from school systems to help overcome the challenges.
Las iniciativas ganadoras presentan un plan fuerte de cómo van a alcanzar y realizar un seguimiento del crecimiento. Identifica tus metas a seis meses para el crecimiento de tu impacto
With $20,000, we would establish five new school sites and would be halfway through the projects after six months.
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a las metas de seis meses.
Contract with local schools to provide the program to 25 students at each site.
Reaffirm partnerships with overseas schools.
Begin sessions with trained teachers working with students using research-based techniques.
¡Ahora piensa en grande! Identifica tu meta de impacto a 12 meses.
Completion of project at the five new sites, with each group producing a collaborative final product showcasing their writing.
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a tu meta de impacto a 12 meses
Have groups participate in at least one face-to-face meeting using videoconferencing.
Groups will have written, revised, and shared writing for their final project.
Each group will have collaborated on the creation of the final project piece or product.
Historia de la fundación: Queremos saber acerca del momento en el que hiciste "¡Ajá!". Comparte la historia de dónde y cuándo el/los fundador(es) vio (vieron) el potencial de esta solución para cambiar el mundo.
Blue Planet's founders, Cora Bresciano and Susan Gay Hyatt, have always been involved in the arts and humanities. They joined forces to make learning writing more fun and engaging using the arts-integration techniques they learned in their graduate work. However, during their second collaboration with Mexico, they saw the project begin to take on a life of its own. As mentioned in a previous response, they witnessed immigrant children developing pride in their heritage and language as they blossomed as writers and creators. Susan and Cora realized the program could do much more than help students become more effective writers. Reach Out and Write can increase the empathy of students and help them grown as individuals.
Cuéntanos sobre tus alianzas.
Our partners include Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, Children's Home Society (including its programs Safe Harbor Teen Facility, Nelle Smith Residence for Girls, and Transitions Home Residence for Teen Mothers), Northwood Youth Empowerment Center, dozens of schools in Palm Beach and Broward counties, Florida Atlantic University, Jaffe Center for Book Arts, For the Children, Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, for whom we are the local sponsor for the Scholastic Writing Awards).
¿Qué tipo de equipo (personal, voluntarios, etc.) te asegurará que logres las metas de crecimiento identificadas en la sección de Impacto social/i>?
Blue Planet’s team consists of our Board of Directors, which provides leadership and support; our Advisory Council, comprised of experts in the fields of writing, arts-integration, education, and other related fields; our staff of two, Cora Bresciano and Susan Gay Hyatt, who devote themselves full-time to the mission; a corps of volunteers, including 10 individuals who regularly donate their time on a weekly basis; and contracted writing teachers who teach the workshops and lead the projects, of which we have seven currently. All of our team members are committed to our mission.
Por favor, pon en claro las necesidades u ofertas que hayas mencionado anteriormente y/o sugiere categorías de apoyo que no están especificadas en la lista
Blue Planet's greatest needs are in increasing our funding base and in marketing assistance. We are trying to create a marketing calendar/list and to increase our presence on community calendars, Facebook, Twitter, and press releases. Our staff has limited time to devote to marketing and could use assistance in this area.