An Action Research Project

Washington State USA

Program Pilot

September 2022- June 2024

Dakar, Senegal


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Language with the Five Senses Education is currently seeking a grant to research the impact of international educator collaboration on student achievement.  This creation of this project is in response to an increased need to address issues of equity, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness of educators in American K-12 schools to increase student engagement and achievement, specifically in underrepresented student populations. This project will explore the impact of international educator collaborations on educator cultural responsiveness in the K-12 classroom and how that impacts student achievement.  This project aims to connect American and Senegalese educators to work in teams to implement cross-cultural, international, and interdisciplinary activities in their classrooms throughout an entire school year. This project will explore the correlation between international teacher collaboration that leads to increased cultural responsiveness of the educator and how that affects student achievement, specifically in students of color and underrepresented populations.  The objective is to use the results of the research to develop a Global Classrooms Program that can be implemented in schools and districts around the world.  

This project has the current support of the following:

  • Richland School District in Richland,WA

  • Kennewick School District in Kennewick, WA

  • Pasco School District in Pasco, WA

  • Communities in Schools

  • The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for WA State (OSPI)

  • Christ the King School in Richland, WA

  • Institution Bilingue Montessori in Dakar, Senegal

  • Golbert Diagne Private School in Saint-Louis Senegal

  • The American Association of Teachers of French

  • The Calgary City Teachers

Meet Our Project Team

Our research team is made up of an amazing group of dedicated educators who work in international partnerships to develop a 21st Century Education!


Elizabeth Porter

Project Director

Global Education Specialist

Washington State, USA


Moussa Barry

Project Director

Global Learning Specialist

Libreville, Gabon

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Viviana Ardesia 

Research Director

Naples, Florida 

Rome, Italy


Esmeralda Villarreal

Co-Investigator, Project Accountant, Grants Manager 

Washington State, USA

The Impacts of Global Classrooms on Student Achievement

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Suzi Bewell

Global Learning Specialist

Director of International Education Partnerships 

York, United Kingdom

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Paul Shaber

Global Learning Specialist

Teacher Trainer

Washington State, USA

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Ibrahima MBAYE Thié

African Culture Specialist

Dakar, Senegal

Educator Participants

Do you live and teach in in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State (Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, or surrounding areas) or the Seattle area?  We are looking for 20 teachers who teach grades 3-6  to participate in this study. 

We currently have agreements from Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco School Districts for teachers to participate in this project. 

We are actively seeking agreements from other schools and districts in other areas of WA State as well.

Teacher participants will be divided into two groups-
- Pilot Group- will travel to Senegal in the summer of 2023
- Control Group- will work 100% virtually

- Teachers will be compensated with a stipend.


If you are interested in applying, please fill out the form below.


  • Must teach in a school in the Seattle area or the Tri-Cities, Wa or surrounding areas (such as Finley, Prosser, Benton City, Othello, etc) or in a school in Senegal.

  • Must teach elementary grades 3-6(or equivalent) in a general education setting.

  • Must obtain a letter of agreement from your building administrator- you can find the template here-

  • Must be willing to follow all program guidelines, engage in all training, and commit to the program for the full two years.

  • Questions? e-mail 

Pilot ProgramTeacher Participant Application Form

Apply as a teacher participant

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