Applications are due April 1 for the 2023 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship—a year of professional development that includes a summer field study in South Africa.
The fellowship is an opportunity for K-12 educators to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction, advocate for global competency in their schools and districts, and help students thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.
Fellows immerse themselves in online coursework, webinars, reading and reflection as well as in a two-day professional development conference in the fall of 2022 and a nine-day field study in South Africa during summer 2023. The field study brings the cohort together to investigate the historical and cultural context of South Africa and learn about its education system through meetings with policymakers, business and nonprofit leaders, as well as visits to schools to meet teachers, students, and administrators.
2022 Global Learning Fellow Jody Lynn Tolley says, “My experience was amazing. I think it was actually being in South Africa and talking with each of the other participants as each of us slowly changed views and understanding of the world. I imagine we each walked away with a different, but powerful experience.”
The Foundation welcomes applicants with global experience as well as those who have never left the country. The top requirement for the program is caring about the world and sharing that passion with students.