Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Alumni Experience and Perspectives

Grants for #GlobalEd

As a part of the U.S. Department of Education and Department of State's International Education Week 2015, the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program hosted a webinar featuring the experiences of three program alumni: Noah Zeichner, Kim Young, and Carrie Foster.

Noah Zeichner is a social studies teacher at Chief Sealth International School in Seattle, Washington. He was a 2011-2012 participant in Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC), and traveled to Brazil in July 2012. He currently works in a hybrid role, teaching and spending part of his day supporting international education in Seattle Public Schools. Noah was honored with the 2013-2014 World Affairs Council World Educator Award and was among 50 finalists for the 2015 Global Teacher Prize.

Kim Young teaches World History at Weston High School in Weston, Massachusetts. She traveled to Chennai in India as a part of the TGC program. Kim has continued to grow as a global educator by participating in teacher travel and developing student exchanges.

Carrie Foster is a 6th and 7th grade social studies teacher in Portland, Maine. Carrie traveled to Manila and Bacolod, in the Philippines as a part of the TGC program. "My motivation initially was really just to see more of the world and to be able to teach that to my kids. My experience was so much bigger than that!" Carrie is dedicated to teaching through the lenses of global education and social justice:

Each of these fellows was awarded funding from the U.S. Teacher Alumni Grant Program for their classroom projects and other initiatives at the school, state, and regional levels.

From 2011-2014, Noah coordinated World Water Week, a student-led, school-wide festival. In 2015, he and his students organized the inaugural Washington State Global Issues Network Conference. The student-facilitated conference tackled some of the world's biggest challenges.

Kim is doing innovative work in the use of graphic novels to teach the global competencies. She was awarded an alumni grant to present about her work at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Social Studies.

After visiting Japan and the Philippines, Carrie realized she was missing knowledge of non-US and non-European perspectives during World War II. Carrie has used grant funding to purchase texts for her students to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of WWII.

"As far as the benefit to my classroom....my curriculum is different, my kids are taking action, and I find they are much more inspired and motivated...they are doing things to learn about their world. My experience with TGC and learning about global education has changed my community…my whole school, and the way I teach."
-Carrie Foster

All of these projects were supported in part or full by the U.S. Teacher Alumni Grant Program. School Community Grant Applications are open for one more week! Alumni, submit yours by November 30th!