UF Faculty Department College
Tara Mathien School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies College of Education
Partner Faculty Department Partner Institution
Prof. Maria Claudia Tobar Cordovez Social Sciences and Humanities Universidad San Francisco de Quito
Early Childhood Teacher Education
Project Description:

The first communication method will occur via Zoom. This will occur after the asynchronous Padlet icebreaker. Then students will complete a group project composed of students from both universities. The stages of the project will be:

1. Research: Gather specific information about the assigned program

2. Development: Analyze and design a program that could have potential impact for K-12 educators regarding mental health.

3. Presentation: Design a graphic presentation that demonstrates your knowledge of mental health and has a creative aspect added to promote mental health.

Students will reflect on not only what they learned about the Early Childhood Education field in relation to their research, but also how they can make common connections to their own countries. Further, students will be asked to reflect on their own understanding of differing ideas as they relate to their own professional dispositions.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Understand the importance of mental health.
  2. Communicate the needs around mental health for educators.
  3. Identify good practices for improving working conditions for educators.
  4. Students will assess their own growth and considerations related to cultural considerations learned in relation to their professional dispositions.
  5. Students will analyze approaches to learning in each country and connect to ideas of theory and practice in the field.
Participating Countries:
Number of Participants:
12 UF students and 11 students from the partner institution
UF Course Code & Name:
EEC3941 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education
Project Duration:
6 weeks
Activity Type(s):
Student-to-Student Dialogue
Student-to-Student Project
Time allotted to each activity:
Technology Tools:
Google Docs
Sequence of Activities:
  1. Padlet introduction and pre-work via country research
  2. Synchronous Zoom meeting for project presentatin and icebreaker
  3. Small groups of 3-4 connect with peer groups of 3-4 to engage in exploratory work
  4. Synchronous Zoom meeting to check in and share findings so far
  5. Synchronous Zoom meeting to present projects