VIF Releases Innovative Digital Badging System for Global Educators

VIF Releases Innovative Digital Badging System for Global Educators

VIF Releases Innovative Digital Badging System for Global Educators

Badging and Global Project-based Inquiry Reinvigorate K-12 Teacher Professional Development

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (December 17, 2013) - VIF International Education, the leading provider of global education programs for K-12 schools, announced Tuesday that teachers anywhere in the world can now earn digital badges as they learn to effectively integrate global project-based inquiry into their core instruction. The VIF learning center, a social learning platform featuring the Global Gateway professional development (PD) system for educators, makes it possible.

The Global Gateway system, developed from student indicators used in VIF’s network of global schools, cultivates the knowledge and skills required to teach using a global, project-based inquiry (PBI) approach and incorporate 21st century tools effectively. Educators become PBI gurus as they progress through PD modules, and they earn digital badges that represent their accomplishments and provide evidence of participation in a professional development sequence grounded in global curriculum and instruction.

Teachers demonstrate proficiency in global education throughout their professional development sequence by engaging in project-based investigations, collaborating with peers and creating globally themed lessons that provide evidence of classroom implementation and learning. Educators achieve Global-Ready Teacher designation, granted by the VIF Global Schools Network and recognized by schools, districts, and state and national institutions, upon completion of 40 hours of PD.

“Educators understand the world has changed, and new strategies and tools are required for developing globally minded college- and career-ready students,” said David Young, CEO at VIF. “The Global Gateway system provides everything teachers need to build these competencies and a digital badging system that allows them to share evidence of their accomplishments and promote their global educator status.”

With a growing population of more than 3,000 users, the VIF learning center enables K-12 teachers around the world to connect with a dynamic online community and enhance their skills as global educators. This integrated professional learning system is truly revolutionary, giving users access to a wealth of expert- and teacher-created lesson plans, and providing teachers with the freedom and flexibility to work on PD at their own pace while earning digital badges to showcase their achievements.

Join the community at and start earning Global Gateway badges today.


About VIF International Education 
VIF International Education ( builds global education programs that prepare students for success in an interconnected world. For more than 25 years, educators have leveraged VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and teacher exchange programs to generate engaging learning environments where students can excel in core curriculum as well as develop valuable critical and creative thinking skills. A certified B Corp and ‘Best for the World’ honoree headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C., VIF provides a pathway for teachers, schools and districts to become globally designated. “Like” VIF International Education on Facebook and follow @VIFprogram and @VIFlearn on Twitter.

About Global Gateway 
The Global Gateway system ( offers a simple integrated platform for educator professional development, lesson plans and classroom resources, digital badging for achievements and participation in an incredible collaborative community of global educators. Through purposeful ongoing Global Gateway professional development, teachers anywhere in the world can learn to effectively integrate global content into their core instruction.


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