We’re actually comfortable to have caught up with Thiago Reis the Government Director WAY American Faculty in Brazil. Whereas many are speaking about Undertaking Based mostly Studying and globalization of schooling, Thiago and his group are making it occur. Tom
Thiago, thanks for taking the time to share what you’re doing to deliver an American schooling to the youngsters of Brazil to our readers.
1. Thiago, you have got an fascinating background in enterprise and schooling, inform me a bit extra about you and the way did you find yourself main WAY -American Faculty in Brazil?
I’ve been working in schooling for over 7 years now, coming from management positions in Telecom and IT. Earlier than WAY I labored principally within the Larger Ed area, and my background in Telecom was actually necessary for that business again then, as HEIs have been going by way of deep modifications in how technical the enterprise turned, and for that they wanted experience coming from different extra developed industries.
Once I heard about WAY and the spectacular work Beth and Glen have been creating in Brazil I acquired actually , and it was the fitting second for this transfer in my profession. I’m very honored for being chosen because the champion of their imaginative and prescient for Brazil.
2. Is WAY an acronym and in that case, what does it stand for? What precisely is WAY American Faculty?
WAY stands for Widening Developments for Youth, and that is actually what we do, by means of totally different provides and serving totally different demographics. It’s all the time about providing an attractive and inspiring studying expertise, that may flip college students into leaders of their improvement course of. Regardless if we’re speaking about disengaged at-risk youth within the US, or middle-class Brazilian college students that dream of learning overseas, what we provide can actually widen their views.
three. Who’re the founders of WAY, what are their backgrounds what’s their imaginative and prescient and mission?
Beth Baker and Glen Taylor are educators that based WAY ten years in the past with a selected imaginative and prescient: to make each younger individual a Hero, by providing partaking and inspiring studying alternatives targeted on the event of 21st Century expertise. They have been targeted at first in at-risk youth in Michigan, and the corporate grew to operations and partnerships within the UK, Brazil and China, whereas sustaining the identical imaginative and prescient established, by way of totally different gives.
four. How totally different is Brazilian high-school schooling from “American” schooling?
Aside from the content material, the expertise of Brazilian and American college students in common okay12 faculties is fairly comparable. They’re lectured for more often than not, and extremely examined via standardized exams in a one-size-fits-all surroundings. Moreover, American college students get extra profession and school advise than Brazilian college students all through their journeys. At WAY we will supply a extra immersive and interesting instructional expertise, whereas nonetheless rigorous and tied to all widespread curriculum requirements. By working completely with PBL we provide innovation for each markets, and our scholar outcomes present how profitable this strategy has been for Brazilian college students, with common SAT scores at 1200 factors and common GPA over three.7, whilst ESL learners.
5. Why is there an curiosity in American high-school in Brazil?
The primary purpose that pulls households to our program is the potential of sending their younger ones overseas for Larger Schooling. Our greatest universities are public, however very aggressive, so mother and father are used to investing lots in Excessive Faculty schooling hoping that later youngsters can get right into a public college. Modifications within the laws made it more durable for personal faculty college students to enter a public college, so the prospect of attending Larger Schooling overseas turned extra interesting.
Then again conventional faculties in Brazil are desperate to companion with us to allow them to compete out there with a stronger worth proposition and an genuine and tangible internationality supply, setting them aside from different faculties solely providing ready-made bilingual content material.
6. What are the advantages to a Brazilian scholar who graduates from the WAY American Faculty?
At WAY American Faculty we provide the chance for Brazilian college students to earn each the American Excessive Faculty diploma and the Brazilian Excessive Faculty diploma. Nevertheless it’s not solely about this. Our college students work with tasks that may make then better-prepared residents for the challenges of the 21st century, studying by means of collaboration, partaking in problem-solving and main by affect. All in a non-competitive setting that fosters their autonomy whereas ensuring they get hold of full proficiency in English. Our college students are higher ready culturally to attend and achieve success in universities within the USA, different nations and even in our greatest universities in Brazil, understanding their drawback fixing and language expertise are prime notch.
7. What’s the worth to a dad or mum/ scholar attending your faculty?
For households we provide a terrific benefit of not having to ship their younger ones overseas for Excessive Faculty, as they will enroll in our program with out leaving their present faculties premises. That is a lot more economical whereas additionally guaranteeing the double certification.
eight. Once I examine WAY -American Faculty I see phrases like HERO and RESEARCHER, LAB EXPERT— are you able to clarify these time period?
This comes from our totally different strategy to schooling. Our college students are the leaders of their course of, so we name them RESEARCHERS, as they’re principally discovering options to driving questions introduced by our multidisciplinary tasks. In that sense our academics are facilitators of the method, in order that they’re thought-about LAB EXPERTS being specialists and authorized of their topic areas. HERO is the identify of our on-line platform, and consolidates our primary purpose to exist: to rework each younger individual right into a HERO of their very own studying course of and improvement.
9. Inform me about WAY’s academics, are they “People” have they got a school diploma and in that case, in what area of research?
Our LAB EXPERTS are all native English audio system licensed within the USA for his or her topic areas. For Brazilian college students we provide English Language Arts and Social Research credit, and our LAB EXPERTS are all licensed in these areas. General 80% of our instructor additionally maintain grasp levels. We even have Brazilian Instructor Assistants on each classroom that may present a greater expertise for our college students bridging the Brazilian and the American curriculum.
10. I perceive WAY’s whole curriculum is on a proprietary digital system— referred to as HERO— are you able to inform me about it?
HERO is the platform that hosts all our curriculum within the type of over 900 interdisciplinary tasks overlaying all topic areas from sixth to 12th grade. That is the one platform out there fitted to PBL, and all content material is developed by WAY’s personal content material space specialists within the USA, in addition to with enter from our academics in Brazil and China.
11. And is WAY’s complete curriculum based mostly on Undertaking Based mostly Studying? How totally different is it from conventional educating methodology?
A lot has been stated about the necessity to develop 21st-century expertise for younger individuals which might be going to face an unpredictable labor market, however little has been achieved to vary how okay12 schooling offers with this problem. We consider PBL provides college students a extra partaking surroundings for the event of autonomy and problem-solving expertise. All our packages worldwide are based mostly in PBL, and we’ve confirmed through the years that this strategy could be very efficient in each growing engagement and educational outcomes, with common SAT scores and GPA larger than different faculties.
12. The place are you current in Brazil?
In Brazil we’re current in 13 cities, from North to South, at present working 31 faculties and with a wholesome progress pipeline for 2020. We’ve been rising exponentially for the final four years.
13. How do you select your companions?
Our companions are among the many greatest personal faculties in Brazil in educational outcomes, however additionally they are mission-driven and share a ardour for the consequences our strategy to schooling could make in altering younger individuals lives. We’re the one faculty in Brazil providing an entire answer for American Excessive Faculty diploma, offering the platform, the content material and the academics.
14. Is WAY American Faculty current in different nations and what number of college students do you serve?
We’re now current in Brazil and China, serving virtually 1000 college students.
15. The place is WAY American Faculty’s diploma accepted?
We’re accredited by AdvancED, the main group certifying faculties within the USA, and current in 73 nations. Our diploma is accepted anyplace an American Excessive Faculty diploma is accepted.
16. Are you a public or personal faculty? How reasonably priced is the schooling, in case you are a personal faculty?
We’re a personal faculty, providing our packages as an extra-curricular exercise for our associate faculty’s college students. We regulate our pricing by program and variations in value of dwelling requirements, however the common tuition is US$ 3k/yr.
17. Is there something I’ve not requested you that you simply want to add?
Thanks for the chance of sharing extra details about the good work our workforce is doing right here in Brazil.
Thanks for taking the time to tell the Ed Information readers about WAY -American Faculty in Brazil and thanks for including worth and making a distinction within the lifetime of your college students.
// Thiago Reis
Government Director Brazil
+55 11 996 288 524
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