Global lessons know no borders. This fall, thanks to the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship, 49 public school educators will embark on a journey to deepen their understanding of issues of global importance and their ability to bring them into the classroom.
New Jersey is extremely proud of New Jersey State Teacher of the Year 2020 and Haddonfield High School Teacher Kimberly Dickstein Hughes and Bergen County Vocational and Technical â Teterboro Campus Teacher , Jonathan Lancaster, for being chosen to represent our great state, as the NEA Global Learning Fellows, when they travel to South Africa in 2022.
âI am extremely proud that the NEA Foundation has appointed Kimberly Dickstein Hughes and Jonathan Lancaster as Fellows for their Global Learning Program,â said NJEA President Sean M. Spiller. âOur country and our world are constantly changing and our educators are constantly adapting teaching so that our students can be prepared to understand and thrive through global competence and cultural literacy. Knowing how passionate and committed these two educators are, this is an incredible opportunity for them to gain better knowledge and have a general impact on student learning by entrusting them to their colleagues. Preparing our students to succeed globally is of critical importance and New Jersey’s public schools will continue to lead the way in this area. Once again, I congratulate Kimberly and Jonathan on this immense honor.
âI am grateful to all the teachers at the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey Department of Education, Rutgers University, Eastern Regional High School, Voorhees Township and the Borough of Haddonfield who have told me. have learned that the world is our classroom, âsaid Dickstein Hughes. . âCultural competence and global literacy have a place in every school, and I am excited to learn and grow with the 2022 Global Learning Fellows. Thanks to the NEA Foundation for making this possible. On the way to a year of study together and next summer in South Africa!
âI am grateful and honored to have this opportunity to continue to incorporate global skills and global perspectives into my classroom,â said Lancaster. âI am delighted to share this experience with my school, my community and, above all, my students. “
Through the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship, Dickstein Hughes and Lancaster will develop their knowledge and skills to integrate global competence into their daily classroom teaching, advocate for global competence in their schools and districts, and help students to thrive in our increasingly interconnected world. Fellows transform their classrooms to give students a global perspective.
Over the course of the year, Dickstein Hughes and Lancaster will participate in a professional development program that includes in-person workshops, online courses, webinars led by leading experts, peer learning and international experience in field study.
“It was a powerful experience for me as an individual and as a teacherâ¦ All educators should realize the power of holistic thinking.”
Dickstein Hughes and Lancaster will then have the opportunity to apply their global professional development training through hands-on international study experience. In their country of field study, Dickstein Hughes and Lancaster will interact with local educators, students, administrators and policy makers; make school visits; and hear from business and nonprofit leaders. The NEA Foundation partners with EF Educational Tours, a global leader in international education, to design transformative field study experiences for scholarship recipients.
Dickstein Hughes and Lancaster, as well as educators from 42 states and a Department of Defense school will join a learning network of more than 300 educators, developing their expertise through workshops, peer collaboration and study. in the field. With teachers of color representing a third of scholarship recipients and more than half teaching in Title 1 schools, the 2022 scholarship recipients reflect the diversity of the educator community. They also serve a wide range of students in several fields. Get to know all of the NEA Foundation’s 2022 Global Learning Fellows by visiting neafoundation.org.
Enrich your classroom experience with a NEAF grant today!
As educators prepare for the new school year, the NEA Foundation is pleased to announce new rounds of grants available exclusively for educators! These grant opportunities promote equity, promote student success, and provide educators with exciting professional development opportunities. The Foundation currently offers three types of grants: Envision Equity Grants, Student Success Grants, and Learning and Leadership Grants to help meet the unique needs of educators and public school students. The application process is simple and can be completed online!
The deadline to apply for the next round of grants is October 15. To learn more about all of our grant opportunities, please visit neafoundation.org. Also contact the Foundation grant staff if you need all help prepare your grant application! We are here to you!