Carmen Amaral chosen to participate in Teachers for Global Classrooms Program
Ms. Carmen Amaral was selected from over 400 applicants nationwide to participate in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC). TGC is a year-long, fully funded professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle and high school teachers to become leaders in global education. TGC equips teachers to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad and global collaboration.
The fellowship entails graduate level coursework through George Washington University focused on global education in a 21st century classroom. Coursework is followed by a conference presentation in Washington, D.C., in February and international placement in the Spring. Ms. Amaral will work with the teachers in her host classroom in order to build the foundation necessary to establish a global partnership between the host classroom and SERSD students.
The need for students to be able to empathize with others, value diverse perspectives and cultures, understand how events around the world are interconnected, and solve problems that transcend borders has never been greater. The long-term goal is that this fellowship will develop a relationship where SERSD students can design and carry out scientific investigations and share and analyze data with students in other parts of the globe. This provides a unique opportunity to begin to develop a skill set to use technology for professional and academic collaboration while developing cultural awareness.
As Ms. Amaral is the second teacher at SERSD to receive this fellowship, she hopes to work with fellow TGC alumnus Steve Kelley in using their network to develop and share strategies for all faculty to incorporate a global perspective into their classrooms.