iEARN Girl Rising Project at the iEARN Conference


Allen Witten

Sunburst Youth Academy

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Allen Witten

Allen Witten is a Global Education teacher at Sunburst Youth Academy in Los Alamitos, California. He has participated in the iEARN Girl Rising project for the past two years.  In 2016 and 2017, he traveled to visit iEARN educators and students at St. Mark’s Girls Senior Secondary School in New Delhi, India. In 2017, he traveled to Phagwara, India to visit iEARN educators and students at Kamla Nehru Public School. Future plans include a December 2018 journey to Keimei Gakuen School in Tokyo, Japan to visit iEARN Girl Rising co-facilitator and educator, Mari Sekine and her students before continuing on to India to meet with iEARN project partners. 

Recipient of: 

2017 Orange County Department of Education “Vision and Excellence” award.

2018 Parenting O.C. Magazine “Top Global Educator” award.

Mari Sekine

Keimei Gakuen High School

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Mari Sekine

Mari Sekine is a co-facilitator of the Girl Rising project on iEARN, and is a Global Education teacher at Keimei Gakuen High School in Tokyo, Japan. 

She has taught the importance of girls’ education through the iEARN Girl Rising project since 2014.  Each year, her students participate in an online forum dedicated to discussions about the film.  On it, they share their thoughts and impressions with students from around the world.  They have had Skype conferences with students abroad, such as India in 2015, Australia in 2016 and the United States in 2017.

Session Details

Type: Interactive Workshop

Location: Room 1106

Date: Friday

Time: 9:00-10:00 AM

This session is associated with a UN SDG!

This session relates to the Girl Rising Project iEARN Project!

Session Description

This session will explore the connections, learning, and outcomes of the Girl Rising project. In 2017, the following countries participated in the project: Japan, Morocco, Israel, Uganda, India, Georgia, and the United States. Topics of this session will include students use of FlipGrid technology to enhance student connectedness, student communication through the iEARN Girl Rising forum, Skype meetings, introduction of student posters, and final projects.

What will educators learn and be able to do at the end of the session?

Invite and encourage other iEARN members to join us in the iEARN Girl Rising project and to allow opportunities for all of our students to take action and learn more about the importance of girls rights and quality education for all.

Additional Session Information

Student action steps will also be discussed, including the “Stitches for Riches” Sewing Fair Trade Project for children in Cambodia by Keimei students, and the “We say No to Early Marriage and Yes to Education for Girls” organized by Nawal Abu at Alhoor High School in Israel.  

Time will be allowed for “Q and A”.

Session Resources

Girl Rising and Global projects resources
Resources for the Girl Rising project

Keimei Gakuen School taking action - Girl Rising
Youtube video of Keimei Gakuen students action piece on the Girl Rising project.

Girl Rising link to resources