In each new community where Globaloria is launched we seek out partnerships that will enhance and support the local implementation effectively. We also work with national partners where possible to expand the network and raise visibility. As such, over the past five years we have established a large number of partnerships across all sectors – public-private-government – in states across the nation.
Our partnerships bring to bear Industry expertise (AMD, ESA), virtual mentors (AMD Foundation), community expertise (SVEF, WVDE, WVCPD, Boys&Girls Clubs, NJMH), funding (all funders), content expertise (iCivics), research and evaluation (national research partners), technology (Adobe), and visibility (Knight, AMD, Adobe).
West Virginia Governor’s Office: The seed funder of Globaloria in West Virginia to energize the WV school system and economy through innovation. The Governor’s Office has been critical in forging partnerships with local institutions and legislating for ongoing funding from the state.
West Virginia Department of Education: A five-year partnership to help expand the Globaloria network across WV, including support for recruitment, technology infrastructure upgrades, funding and research support.
John S and James L Knight Foundation: In 2009, the Knight Foundation funded the launch of the Civics and News Literacy track in WV to empower students to be civic agents in their communities. In 2011, Knight funded the launch of Globaloria in the Silicon Valley region to demonstrate the potential of Globaloria to transform communities as a whole, in both formal and non-formal learning settings. Knight Foundation has helped establish new partnerships with organizations such as iCivics and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and have helped with communications efforts.
Hillsborough County Public Schools: Our funding and implementing partner in Florida, HCPS helped to recruit educators, provide training support and will lead in the development of a Globaloria assessment tool.
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation: One of our first and consistently most generous funders, Benedum has helped solidify local partnerships as well as created opportunities for expansion in other communities.
ESA Foundation: ESA provided funding and leadership for the Globaloria Leadership Inspiration Awards to encourage education leaders to make great strides and support innovation in their schools and districts.
Frontier Communications: A newer funder, Frontier is contributing to the ongoing technological advancement and broadband connectivity in WV.
AMD Foundation: AMD Foundation is the principal funder for the Globaloria network at EACPA in Austin Texas. They have also supported networking efforts with other leaders in the field. This year, AMD initiated a volunteer program with EACPA to virtually mentor students during the game design process.
Southwest Key Programs: Southwest Key, the national non-profit agency running EACPA, provides in-kind support to the Globaloria program at EACPA, including staff, location, technology and research support. They also help with ongoing research efforts and expansion.
Silicon Valley Education Foundation: SVEF is a community organization that has helped to recruit new schools and partners in Silicon Valley, have helped with program organization, communications and will support fundraising efforts.
National Jazz Museum in Harlem: NJMH is the implementing partner in Harlem, identifying students and supporting the Globaloria-Jazz summer workshop and eventual expansion to an after-school program.
iCivics: Over the past two years, a curriculum expert from iCivics has visited Globaloria classes to provide feedback to students’ game demos. This year, iCivics helped improve the civics track and led a professional development session about civics to all Globaloria educators.
Adobe: Our partnership with Adobe enables all Globaloria schools to purchase Adobe Flash CS5 (the program the students use to create their games) at a much reduced price that is sustainable for long term growth.
West Virginia Center for Professional Development: WVCPD has provided five-years of support for the professional development of educators in WV and around the country.
The honorary chairs of our STEM and Civics and News Literacy Game Design competitions are Senator Jay Rockefeller and Sandra Day O’Connor, respectively. They are joined by a distinguished panel of judges who are industry and policy experts.
Additional partnerships currently being formed include working with Konami, Adobe and HP to support technology needs and virtual mentorship for students and educators, and additional funders, both corporations and federal.