2012 Rural Trust Global Teacher Fellows Announced

Last Updated: April 28, 2012

This article appeared in the April 2012 Rural Policy Matters.

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The 2012 Class of Rural Trust Global Teacher Fellows has been named, and the awardees are busily making final arrangements for their travels which will take them from their schools in Scott’s Branch, South Carolina, to Egypt; from Newport, Vermont, to Ghana, and myriad places in between.

Thirteen individual teachers and five teams of two teachers each will depart this summer for international travel and study and from that experience, develop a place-based learning curriculum for use in their own classrooms.

The fellowship for professional and personal development was open to K–12 teachers working full-time and teaching 60% time in a rural community, as defined by National Center for Education Statistics locale codes. The Fellows will also convene in the fall for a two-day place-based learning institute. Applicants had to develop and describe their proposed international study and how it would enhance their students’ learning and impact their school and community.

Many of the 2012 Fellowships will involve the use of technology to link the international destination of the teacher with his or her students at home. On a recent orientation call, the Fellows excitedly exchanged information about how they would use Skype, blogs, and other media to keep in touch during their travels and to build connections between communities abroad and at home.

In the coming months, Rural Policy Matters and other Rural Trust publications will introduce our readers to this diverse group of dedicated and creative rural educators. We will also follow the Fellows throughout their travels this summer and update you on their exciting experiences along the way. Stay tuned!

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