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Cumberland Trace Teacher to Tour Chinese Schools

June 12, 2012
By Don Sergent of Warren County Public Schools

The National Educators Association (NEA) Foundation has selected Patrice McCrary, an elementary school teacher at Cumberland Trace Elementary School, as a 2012 NEA Foundation Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow, and one of a unique class of 32 award-winning public school educators who are building their global competency skills.

McCrary,  a past winner of the Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2009.

Global competence is defined as the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. The fellowship is an expansion of the NEA Foundation’s annual Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE) program and a continuation of its mission to advance student achievement by investing in public education that will prepare all students to learn and thrive in a rapidly changing world. It is designed to broaden how the Fellows, all ATE recipients, navigate the global age to better prepare their students for success in an increasingly interconnected world. It includes:
Pre-tour global learning orientation and country-specific travel preparation;
Group study-tour abroad focused on comparative education systems, collaborative thinking, and development for globally-minded professional outcomes;
Online course designed to integrate global learning into classrooms, schools, and local communities (e.g. lesson plans, presentations, etc.); and
Post-tour creation of curriculum integrated with global competency skills.
The tour of China, June 19-28, includes visits to schools in Beijing and Shanghai to provide educators with structured opportunities to observe high quality instruction and to interact with Chinese teachers and administrators. It also includes interactions with representatives from multi-national corporations, Intel and Fastenal, to increase Fellows’ understanding of the workplace skills their students’ need to succeed in a global economy.

In partnership with the Pearson Foundation, the NEA Foundation will share the Fellows’ experiences and observations through blog posts and photos as they travel. The NEA Foundation will also select and share curriculum and other teaching tools that they create after the tour.

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