Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Teacher Conversations

Back to School with Adrian Antao

Every year at this time teachers and students in the United States are back at school from summer breaks and getting into the rhythm of the school year.  As Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellows return to the classroom, they are establishing a framework for education across the country in which they are preparing students to be a part of a global community.

Adrian Antao is an English Teacher at KIPP NYC College Prep High School in Bronx, New York, and is completing his participation in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship. He came to TGC to better prepare his students to be global citizens.

During Adrian's field experience in Brazil, we sat down with him to talk about his experience in Brazil and how it will impact his teaching in the South Bronx. See our conversation with Adrian, and hear about work to expose his students to the world outside of the Bronx, and to prepare them to be in the "world of ideas".

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Teacher Conversations

Back to School: TGC Fellow Sandra Brown on the Urgency of Global Education

Sandra Brown is an English teacher and teacher leader in the Broward County School system in South Florida.  Sandra currently teaches 7th graders, and throughout her career has taught students from twelve to eighteen years old.  Sandra also works to support and develop new educators as a Teacher Mentor. Sandra applied to TGC with the goal to further enhance her own awareness of the global and cultural variables that connect the world, and thereby be able to continue to facilitate her students’ learning and understanding of these issues.
Sandra during her field experience in India at the Government Girls Vocational Higher Secondary School in Wandoor, Kerala.

In the last year, as a part of the TGC program, Sandra has completed an 8-week online course on global education, attended a Global Education Symposium in Washington, D.C., and traveled to India.  Now, Sandra is back in a new school year at Apollo Middle School in Hollywood, Florida, continuing her work as a global educator and readying her students with skills and competencies necessary for a 21st century society.  

We sat down with Sandra to talk about the plans she has for global education in her classroom, and she says she is ready to hit the ground running.   

Thursday, September 3, 2015

TGC Alumnus Noah Zeichner on EdWeek

Teacher Leadership in Global Education

Noah Zeichner is a social studies teacher at the Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle, WA.  Last week, he contributed as a guest blogger on the Education Week Blog with the post, "Why Teacher Leaders Are Critical to Advancing Global Education".  In the article, Noah talks about teacher leadership as essential to making systemic impact in internationalizing teaching and learning. 

Noah talks about his experience as a TGC Fellow in 2011-2012 as a formative part of his journey to be a global educator:

"When I started the fellowship, I already considered myself a global educator.  I taught in an international school.  I had coordinated a large school-wide global project.  I was an avid world traveler and brought my international experiences back to my classroom.  But after a few weeks in the program, I realized I had a lot to learn.

The most important less was how to define and explain what global education really means.  I started to see past the content (global education is more than just teaching about the world).  Globally competent students (and teachers) must develop critical 21st century competencies that allow us to empathize and collaborate with people who have very different worldviews than our own."

For more about his TGC experience and its impact on his teaching and the work he is doing in Washington, check out Noah's blog and follow him on Twitter!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Featured: Brazil Field Experience

Study, Travel, Teach with TGC Fellow Jayme Hicks

We want to look beyond food, flags, and festivals in our efforts to educate globally-minded students, however, we cannot ignore the importance of food as an element that connects us to our neighbors around the world.

"The more you travel, the more you realize we are all more alike than different. In the Southeastern United States, we express our love through food. 'Help your plate!' 'Don't you want some more?' 'Let me fix you something!' In Nova Campina, it is the same." Jayme Hicks, TGC Fellow, Suwanee, GA

With a 'food' lens, you can examine human migration patterns, history, culture, and economies in the classroom, or experience a new place somewhere else in the world.  Jayme Hicks is doing just that on her blog; she talks about food, family, culture, and her experiences in the Brazilian schools during her field experience.
Jayme and her partner teacher, Lindsay Taylor, are welcomed by students and faculty in Nova Campinas

Jayme teaches Language Arts at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia and has been teaching Language Arts for the past 12 years. She teaches seniors Language Arts and Advanced Placement Language and Composition.  Jayme enjoys amateur competitive cooking with her family’s barbecue team; a nice compliment to her interest in the study of cultural relevancy in the classroom!

Jayme traveled to Brazil with 15 of her Teachers for Global Classrooms Program colleagues this past June.  Use the map below to see where she went!

To read more about the experiences of all of the Brazil cohort, click here for links to their travel blogs!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Reflections on the TGC Experience

Robert Lurie Reflects on the TGC Fellowship and the Field Experience in India

Robert Lurie’s international field experience in Kerala, India greatly shaped his vision for education at Waverly High School in Michigan. After returning from India, Robert, who has always been intrigued by world affairs, is now even more dedicated to introducing global and non-Western perspectives to his students.  
From Left to Right: Erik Remsen (VT), Thomas Varghese (Kerala, India), Robert Lurie (MI) taking a break during the field experience to dip their toes in the Arabian Sea.

As a result of his TGC fellowship, after 31 years of teaching, Robert volunteered to instruct the English Language Learners (ELL) class at Waverly High School. He views this as an opportunity to assist students in their adjustment to the school, and to help the rest of the student body understand and appreciate different cultures. In addition to instructing international students in the ELL class, Robert is also working closely with his principal to create a global certificate program at Waverly High School. With a global education, Robert hopes his Michigan students will better understand their place in the world. Hear from Robert Lurie about how his international field experience in Kerala has bolstered his passion for international education and expanding student perspectives. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Featured: India Field Experience

Study, Travel, Teach with TGC Fellow Sandra Thornton

Sandra at the Taj Mahal in Agra
After the introduction to Indian education in Bangalore, the TGC fellows traveled to cities all across the country.  Sandra Thornton spent a week in the city of Kolkata at the Shri Shikshayatan School with her host, Soma Banerjee, and her partner teacher, Melinda Carpenter.  This week, take a closer look into Sandra's time in Kolkata!

Sandra has been teaching science at Broadwater Academy in Exmore, Virginia for the past 14 years. Sandra serves as Chair for the Science Department and coaches the Middle School Science Bowl team and Upper School Envirothon team. Sandra is also an adjunct for Chemistry and Biology at Eastern Shore Community College. Sandra is working to prepare her students for an increasingly global network of collaboration within the scientific community by learning from other teachers and to share this knowledge with teachers within her local, state, and national communities.

Sandra and Melinda with students at the Shri Shikshayatan School in Kolkata.

During her time in India, Sandra explored Bangalore by rickshaw, collaborated with the talented teachers and students at the Shri Shikshayatan School in Kolkata, haggled with vendors at the famous Dilli Haat in Delhi, and enjoyed a sunrise at the Taj Mahal in Agra. You can read about all of these experiences and many more on her blog!

You can find links to all of our India travelers' blogs here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Featured: Philippines Field Experience

Study, Travel, Teach with TGC Fellow Gail Heard

On June 18th, fifteen TGC fellows began their adventure in the Philippines.  After their trip across the Pacific they hit the ground running in Manila learning about the Filipino education system, visiting schools, and learning as much as they possibly could about Filipino society and culture!  As a part of our August focus on the International Field Experiences, we encourage you to take a closer look at the journey of one of our fellows, Gail Heard.

Gail has been a language arts teacher for over twenty years.  She is currently teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville, Virginia.  In her classroom, Gail is working to use global pedagogy to make connections and establish common goals to unite her somewhat disparate school community.  Gail is a global citizen in her own right having received her first degree in English from Edinburgh University in Scotland,  meeting her American husband while working in Botswana, and now having lived in the U.S. for twenty-five years. 

Gail spent a week in Tacloban, Leyte at her host school, Leyte National High School, with her host, Norberto Erandio, and her partner TGC teachers, Glenda Savoy and Alexandra O'Callaghan.

 In her blog, you can read about the hospitality and warmth with which the TGC fellows were received during their time in the Philippines: "every school we visit in the Philippines, we are welcomed with banners, signs, and beautiful smiles.Then there are the garlands, and the gifts...".  

Gail also writes about the resilience of the Filipino people in their response to the Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda).  "There are still no bells at Leyte National high school, as they were destroyed in the storm. All the books in the library were destroyed. All resources, classroom materials, desks, computers, science equipment, roofs, and windows were destroyed. Some entire buildings were knocked down". In the Philippines and around the world, communities show their strength and determination, their resilience in the face of lingering devastation from natural disaster and other crises.  Global education means showing our students these types of connections and similarities across borders and boundaries.  

You can find links to all of our Philippines Field Experience Travelers here.