The NEA Foundation recognizes that in order for students to prepare for the global age, the educator must first be equipped with the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to teach in the global age. By participating in the Global Learning Fellowship program, educators have an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the necessary skills to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their school/district, prepare students to thrive in the global age, and thus contribute to the closing of the global achievement gap.
The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship offers educators 12 months of professional development opportunities to support educators as they cultivate global competence skills and build global lesson plans that are shared with educators around the world.
Over the course of one year, Fellows are supported by the NEA Foundation staff, partners, and other field experts, as they work through online coursework on effectively integrating global content into core instruction; online resource guides and webinars on country-specific concepts; a two-day fall professional development workshop; and a nine-day summer international field study. Application can be found here and must be submitted by February 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) in order to be for considered for the 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship.
Alicia Pahl-Cornelius, who teaches at Lassiter Middle School in Jefferson County, is one of 48 Global Learning Fellows for 2018. She traveled to Washington, D.C. in August for her fall professional development workshop. She and the other Fellows will travel to South Africa next July for their field study.
Pahl-Cornelius told KEA News, “I am honored and humbled to be chosen as a 2018 National Education Association Foundation Global Leaning Fellow. As an educator, I feel it is my duty to expose my students to global issues concerning the environment and help them to be citizens of the world.
“Through collaboration with the NEA Foundation and the 2018 class of fellows, my goal is to enrich my own global competency so that I can give my students the tools they need to be responsible consumers, voters, and participants in society.”