Thirteen individual teachers and five teams of two teachers each set out on an international travel and study experience during the summer of 2012 through the Rural Trust's Global Teacher Fellowship Program.
From these experiences they will develop interdisciplinary, place-based learning curricula — aligned with their specific state and local content standards — for use in their own classrooms.
The 2012 Global Teacher Fellows are listed below. Read about the Global Fellows' experiences in A Life-Changing Experience: Global Fellows Travelogue, published in the Rural Trust newsletter Rural Policy Matters:
Gloria Waggoner and Marta Coleman
Gunnison, Colorado Walking in Gandhi's Shoes: This team of teachers will spend two weeks in India tracing the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi in order to comprehend and analyze one of the great social movements of all time. They will study Gandhi's ethics of nonviolence and his influence in India today.
Harris County High
Hamilton, Georgia A Tale of Two Plate Boundaries: Leigh will travel to Southern Italy and Ecuador to compare and contrast two areas that are the site of convergent plate boundaries. Both areas encounter intense volcanism which has molded their cultures in different ways while adapting to life in the shadow of active volcanoes.
Macomb Junior High
Macomb, Illinois Through English Eyes: Jose will visit English museums, historical sites, and schools to understand better the English approach to their own history, to American history, and to history education.
West Prairie High
Sciota, Illinois From People to Plows: During this ten-day experience, Corrine will examine the English agricultural industry and compare farming practices in the United Kingdom and the United States. She will mesh her experience with new classroom technologies and social media to enhance her school's Career and Technical Education program.
Oakland, Illinois A Spanish Immersion Experience: In this five-week travel and study experience in Guanajuato, Mexico, Meridith will immerse herself in a language institute and an authentic cultural home-stay in a community that dates back to the 16th century. She will use her experience to revise her Spanish curriculum and connect with Mexican teachers who are teaching English.
Northwestern Elementary School
Mendon, Missouri Teaching in Thailand: Jennie traveled to Thailand through Cross Cultural Solutions and volunteered as a teacher at a community school in Bangkok for two weeks. She will infuse cultural artifacts and experiences from this trip into her teaching and throughout her school and make presentations to her community and colleagues.
Hollister RV Middle
Hollister, Missouri Holocaust and Jewish Resistance: Sharman's fellowship will take her to Washington DC, Germany, Poland, and Israel to deepen her knowledge and strengthen her ability to implement Holocaust studies with students. This 20-day experience includes visits to historical and cultural sites, lectures by prominent scholars and Holocaust survivors, and collaboration with teachers from the countries visited.
David and Joy-Lyn McDonald
Sidney High School
This team of Science teachers will travel to Japan to study metal patina and cloth-dyeing techniques with traditional artisans. They will use the information to develop projects for science students using these techniques. This will allow students to understand the widespread development and use of science and technology in history and in another culture.
Orange High School
Hillsborough, North Carolina Over the River and Through the Woods: Nina will explore areas of North Carolina and Germany using the major topic areas of an AP Environmental Science course. She will spend five days exploring NC sites and eight days in Germany comparing sustainable resource development and use, solutions to different types of pollution situations, brownfield reclamation, ecosystems, and biodiversity and alternative energy sources.
Van Wert High
Van Wert, Ohio Connecting Students and the Environment. Kathleen explored Everglades National Park in Florida and Mexico's Baja peninsula. She studied marine life in the Sea of Cortez and at the Vermillion Sea Research Station, and attended lectures on how to use inquiry with students as it pertains to the environment. Kathleen will use inquiry to help her students connect with the ecology of northwest Ohio.
Click here to view a YouTube video from Kathleen's Baja experiences.
Athens Middle School
Athens, Ohio The Mathematics of Textile and Fashion Design: Katie, a 7th grade algebra teacher, will travel to Italy and Belgium to explore the world of fashion design and textile manufacturing. She will use her experience and the mathematics of fashion and clothing design to increase her students' engagement in mathematics, improve students' problem-solving skills, and revise her mathematics course in alignment with the Common Core State Standards.
Scott's Branch High
Summerton, South Carolina Global Footprints: Ann will travel to Egypt for seven weeks to participate in a variety of cultural activities and school visits. She will develop a program to enable her students to collaborate on e-projects with Egyptian students.
Coalmont, Tennessee Traders, Marauders, Explorers... Oh, my! Starting with the Vikings, this fellowship will examine how power, religion, exploration, and culture influenced trade and settlement in the New World. Carol will spend two weeks in Amsterdam, Channel Islands, Wales, Ireland, Dublin and various other ports of call. She will integrate her experience into the 4th through 8th grade social studies curriculum and align it with the Tennessee social studies standards.
Grundy County High
Jana Barrett (left) and Elizabeth Bell
Coalmont, Tennessee Heritage and Hope Fellowship: Two art specialists will travel to the United Kingdom for three weeks to create a video journal of the cultural heritage, farmer's markets, schools, and art co-ops. They will connect their students to students in the UK and bring back valuable information for art education and community improvement.
Dana Brettell and Karyn Neubauer
Thetford, Vermont The Study of the Art and Culture of Buenos Aires, Argentina: A Spanish teacher and visual arts teacher will travel together to experience Argentina's dynamic arts and culture. They will study the country's street art as an aesthetic form and an alternative form of communication and collaborate with Argentinean artists and teachers to enhance their school's curricula and engage students in unique ways.
North Country UHS
Newport, Vermont Immersion trip to Ghana: This ten-day immersion trip is intended to link U.S. students to students in Ghana through technology. This exchange will involve a wide range of cultural, artistic, sociological and personal experiences.
Miller's Run Elementary
Sheffield, Vermont The Kamagap in Kenya: Traveling, creating arts with children and being of service are three things which provide fulfillment for this Vermont Elementary school teacher. Annie's fellowship will include a visit to Kamagap Primary School in the Great Rift Valley where for three weeks she will serve as a volunteer teacher through the Volunteers for Peace program.
Read about the Global Fellows' experiences in A Life-Changing Experience: Global Fellows Travelogue, published in the Rural Trust newsletter Rural Policy Matters: