Sand Ridge Jr. High Teacher Named Global Learning Fellow
In February, the NEA Foundation named Jennifer Graviet as a 2014 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. With this honor, the Sand Ridge Junior High School language arts teacher and 2013 second runner-up to the Utah Teacher of the Year, joins a unique class of 32 award-winning public school educators who will spend a year building their global competency skills, or the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.
“In order for students to be prepared for the global age, their educators must be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to teach in the global age,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Our Global Learning Fellows program has an intentional focus on supporting educators as they strengthen their global competencies: investigating the world beyond one’s immediate environment; recognizing multiple perspectives; communicating ideas effectively with diverse audiences; and taking action to improve conditions.”
Over the course of one year, Fellows are supported by the NEA foundation staff, partners, and other field experts, as they work through a number of global competency projects. Among those experiences is an international field study in China from June 20 through 28, which includes visits to schools in Beijing, and Xi’an, to provide educators with structured opportunities to observe high-quality instruction and to interact with Chinese teachers and administrators. It also includes opportunities to investigate China’s historical and cultural significance.
Later in the year, the NEA Foundation will share the Fellows’ experiences and observations through blog posts and photos as they travel.
At the conclusion of the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship, educators begin working on a final project to create a lesson plan, unit plan, or full curriculum integrated with global competency skills. By creating this plan, and then sharing with educators around the world via an open-source platform, Fellows are contributing to an increasing field of knowledge on this topic. Furthermore, the Fellows become positioned to lead the profession by becoming advocates for global learning and global competence within their schools, communities, and districts.