Dr. Nermeen Dashoush, Clinical Assistant Professor in BU Wheelock’s Early Childhood Education program, has been nominated for an International Kids Emmy as part of her work on World School, an educational media application designed to facilitate STEAM engagement during early learning.
Dr. Dashoush serves as Chief Curriculum Officer for MarcoPolo Learning, a UK-based digital learning platform, and was lead educator on World School. World School is one of three media properties nominated in the International Kids Emmy Awards Digital category.
“The CEO, Justin Hsu, told the team of the nomination,” Dr. Dashoush explains. “We were thrilled to hear that our work was being recognized. World School has been a collaboration of early childhood educators with artists, developers, writers, producers, musicians, and so [many] more–there is a lot of work and [careful] thought that goes into the process [so] this nomination is a nod to all of our work.”
World School offers a subscription-based, pre-school level education with a focus on STEAM curriculum. It is design to compliment childrens’ engagement with their individual environments by introducing vital subjects like art, science and social studies at a young age.
Dr. Dashoush, whose work focuses on working with educators to bring science into the classroom, says that “digital learning platforms like World School allow us to expand our reach outside of the school walls. Children are increasingly engaging in science through apps, television shows, and YouTube and we need to leverage this learning opportunity and assure that their experience is thoughtful, developmentally appropriate and engaging.”
International Kids Emmy nominees were announced on October 14, 2019 by the International Academy of Arts & Sciences, and winners will be announced on March 30, 2020 at the 8th International Emmy Kids Awards in Cannes, France.