The New Albany-Plain Local School District is grateful to the support of the New Albany Community Foundation and its donors for helping make this incredible honor a reality for the district.
March 5, 2013
New Albany – Plain Local Schools has been awarded the 2013 International Education Project of the Year by the Columbus Council on World Affairs. This yearly award highlights a memorable project that adheres to today’s best practices for developing college-ready youth in Central Ohio, serving as an example to other educators in the region.
Hand in Hand with Haiti was a multi-week initiative that NAPLS began in October of 2012 that culminated with the on campus lecture of medical anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer on November 29, 2012. Over 750 students from New Albany Schools and seven neighboring schools attended the lecture and it was simulcast to our High School Gymnasium for additional students and the community.
The various initiatives that were included in the student, parent, and teacher collaborative project spanned the campus and grade level with activities designed to increase awareness about the plight of the Haitian people. The cross curricular tie in was remarkable and involved literature, humanities, music, drama, the arts and wellness. For additional detail on the Haiti initiatives click here.
This video clip produced by the Columbus Council on World Affairs highlights the central Ohio finalists and spotlights NAPLS as the award winner. The clip provides a great overview of the work of our students, parents, teachers and administrators that were a vital part of making this happen for our district!
About the Columbus Council on World Affairs
Since 1975, the Columbus Council on World Affairs has been dedicated to educating the central Ohio community that international developments do indeed have local impact, and vice versa. As Columbus becomes an increasingly international city, Council programs — K-12, Public Programs, Great Decisions, and more — provide citizens with opportunities to analyze today’s global challenges. We seek to recognize local educators, volunteers and professionals who also give their time to be resource outlets to realize the importance of embracing global awareness.
The Columbus Council on World Affairs is one of 93 World Affairs Councils across the United States. Founded over 30 years ago by 12 forward-thinking community leaders, the Council was created and established as a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in world affairs and includes students, teachers, civic leaders, academicians, senior citizens, and business executives.
Our organization seeks to perform its mission by working closely with the business community, other community organizations, international visitors, and schools of Central Ohio.
Many thanks again to all for their support!