SUNNY EARTH ACADEMY
Where Learners Become Global Teachers
Sunny Earth Academy harnesses the power of literacy and the global community to cultivate multiliterate individuals.
Sunny Earth Academy envisions a global sharing of engaging language learning resources. By harnessing the power of the web and our global community, we provide our learners with fun and free opportunities to become literate in multiple languages.
Sunny Earth Academy views multiliteracy as the most important element to ensure success in life. We value the power of literacy in other languages to improve literacy in native tongues. We believe that children worldwide benefit from the opportunity to learn other languages starting at birth. We value the importance of literacy in various areas in addition to language learning. We believe in the power of the global community to help us create the Sunny Earth Academy. The Academy only exists through collaboration, cooperation and community efforts. We believe that if you join us on this learning adventure, together we will create positive change in literacy education for our global community.
Everyone has something positive to teach the world. Let's harness the power of the web to share our talents of teaching languages to young learners! Create your own learning file and share it with us on the Sunny Earth Community page. We will share your learning link in our Learning Resources section. If you share a YouTube video with us, we will add it as a favorite on our YouTube Channel and allow time for global feedback. Learn from constructive criticism and use helpful comments to improve your future lessons. Our initial efforts teach basic English, French, Spanish, Sign Language and math.
WHO WE ARE
We are a husband and wife team from upstate New York who enjoy learning and using new technologies in our careers as educators. We are committed to providing our two children and our students with the best possible skills in multiple areas of literacy. My husband, Kevin Misiano, is a high school math teacher and is incorporating a combination of math and technology literacy through the use of iPads and iPods. My focus is on literacy in multiple languages in combination with technology literacy. My name is Audrey Misiano and I am a native English speaker who became trilingual through living abroad in France, Spain, Belgium and Costa Rica. I teach World Languages (French and Spanish) in the district where our two children will soon be attending.
Kevin and I have been married for ten years and have two children. Our daughter, Soleil is four-years-old and our son, Geo, is two-years-old. Kevin and I agreed that I’d speak only en français to our children. Sometimes, we share our silly French learning songs with our little nephew, Travis Haines, as well as with other dear family and friends.
WHAT MOTIVATES US
WHAT INSPIRES US
First and foremost, our children inspire us. Sylvia Duckworth inspires us due to the amazing French and technology resources she has created and shared with the world. The Khan Academy inspires us as we are also committed to creating, collecting and sharing free educational resources. In addition there are many remarkable speakers on TED who speak passionately about global ideas we feel are inspirational and worth spreading. Finally, the parents of Travis Haines inspire us. They desire to teach their child another language even though they themselves are monolingual. We want to help.
An idea worth spreading
I want to prove that through the careful integration of second languages starting at birth, we can raise multiliterate children who excel in their native language.
I'm passionate about
Life, love, language, laughter, learning...and alliteration!!!
Talk to me about
Globalizing education and how we can work together to improve literacy via implementing multiliteracy strategies.
My TED story
I want to make a global impact on education. This passion was born out of my desire to raise my children bilingual. While american schools are cutting programs in the arts and world language, I cry out to anyone who'll listen: Multiliteracy is one answer to improve student success. Literacy in multiple forms improves learning. I'm especially passionate about second language literacy as I want to improve native literacy through the careful integration of second language learning at my school and at home.