In the late summer of 2019, a pilot program was designed to implement the Borders to Bridges materials on Martha’s Vineyard
thanks to the support of the MV Vision Fellowship
, the then Vice Superintendent (now Superintendent) in charge of Curriculum and Instruction, and other teachers, administrators, facilitators, and coordinators named in Acknowledgements of the Borders to Bridges
The piloting is accessible for teachers in a variety of ways. Some choose to use the lessons and supplementary materials from Borders to Bridges individually to spark new ideas or enhance curriculum.
Individual teachers piloted materials in K-12th grades in biology, computer science, Sheltered English, social studies, performing arts, language arts, world languages, ELL, social studies, pre-school, university, afterschool programs, university courses, and adult education (Exploring Poetry I-IV, What’s in a Name, Place-Based Narrative, Cultural Exploration, Roleplay I-III, Visual Teaching Strategies, Infographics, Defending Preference, Immigration Exploration, Life River, and Warmups, and more).
The pilot provides a model to be replicated. Other communities using Borders to Bridges materials include Owl & Panther, a non-profit group serving newcomers in Tucson, Az; in Canada, Rencontre Théâtre Ados, a program welcoming refugees in Laval, Quebec; and in Rafaela, Argentina El Instituto Profesional del Profesorado, a teacher training college. Other programs viewing the materials include an NGO that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East; English language classes in Spain; and in Canada, scholastic and therapeutic programs in Toronto, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba.