Global Learning: Fostering knowledge, attitudes and skills for global citizenship
A Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Capstone Project
By Jennifer A. Chavez-Miller
At the end of January, 2015, my daughter and I flew from balmy Albuquerque, New Mexico to dazzling Miami, Florida. Racing through the airport, we caught a whiff from the Juan Valdez cafe and asked for directions to our gate. Breathless, we queued up with the other passengers who were sporting shorts, sandals, and healthy tans. In contrast, we were carrying our down jackets and wearing boots. We may have been departing from sunshine and warmth, but we were all flying towards northern latitudes. Destination: Finland.
Introduction to this Portfolio - Understand why and how I pursued this inquiry project.
Education in Finland - Investigate the world of Finnish education through annotated slideshows showcasing school places and spaces, in the classroom, school lunches, and teacher rooms.
Global Education - Recognize diverse perspectives of global education concepts, definitions and initiatives around the world.
International Expressions of Global Education - Consider
how UNESCO, the United Nations, and the countries of
Australia, Canada, Scotland, Singapore, and the United
States define global education.
Case Study: Global Education in Finland - Examine Finland's global education initiatives and how cultural values shape and define those initiatives.
Global Education Initiatives Timeline - Consider the
evolution of global education in Finland
Themes of Global Education in Finland - Read stories
of educators and schools across Finland and how they are
engaging students in global citizenship through the themes
of values, curriculum articulation, teacher autonomy,
collaboration, integration, and commitment to equality.
Curriculum Development - Explore, experiment, and commit to bringing global learning to your classroom.
Online Resources for Teachers - Ignite your curiosity and commitment to promoting global competencies in your
Professional Development Modules - Review conference and grant proposals and presentations for diverse audiences on topics related to my Fulbright experiences (Password protected - contact me if you would like access.)
Gratitude and Dedication - Acknowledge those who made this experience possible.
Finland Blog - Read about my experiences while I was in Finland from February - May, 2015.
This portfolio is the product of my four-month experience in Finland through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. I had the opportunity to visit schools and meet educators and students around the country to learn how teachers in Finland engage students in learning for global competence.
The objectives of this portfolio are as follows:
Jennifer is a middle school teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She and her daughter had the privilege of living in Jyväskylä, Finland, from February - May, 2015. While her daughter was attending a neighborhood school, Jennifer was studying Finnish education through school visits, long talks with teachers, meeting students, and discussions with local and national education leaders. Favorite Finland experiences included a reindeer sleigh ride through a snowy forest by moonlight; seeing the Northern Lights; taking a husky-dog sled ride; skiing and snowboarding for PE class in February; experiencing a Finnish winter and watching spring unfold; and leaving Finland with days that have more than 22 hours of visible light.
Learn more about the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program here.