How it Works

For the 2020-2021 school year, Classroom Connection has gone entirely virtual. We expect to offer both virtual and in-person Classroom Connection experiences again beginning in the Fall of 2021.

Each Classroom Connection experience is as unique as the teacher, volunteer, and students involved!

Teachers and international volunteers partner to create and deliver a customized program based on the Universals of Culture framework.

Classroom Connection has gone VIRTUAL

  • One virtual visit by an international volunteer for up to 45 minutes
  • Grades 3-5 or on a case-by-case basis
  • Virtual planning meeting with Global Minnesota K-12 Education staff member and volunteer via Zoom
  • Available to all schools in Minnesota

Getting Started

Bring Classroom Connection to your students by taking the next step.

Step 1: Contact Sylvia Oxenham, K-12 Education Manager, with questions or to schedule an initial information meeting that will cover specifics about the program and teachers’ interests in topics or countries and regions, and scheduling preferences for class visits.

Step 2: Global Minnesota identifies a volunteer, making every effort to find one from a preferred country or region of interest and whose schedule is compatible with the teacher(s).

Step 3: Planning meeting – Global Minnesota introduces volunteers and teachers via email and lesson plans are defined.

Step 4: Class visits begin!

It’s that simple! Global Minnesota is here to support teachers and volunteers, and help make the most out of every class visit. Want more information? Connect with us.