Grantee Story: “Cultural Awareness through Cooking: Understanding Ethnocentricity"


It’s 11 a.m. on a Tuesday and Sonia Diaz is standing over a hot oven at Tu Casa restaurant. An array of tortillas, cheeses, and meats lay before her, ready to become the ingredients in a stack of delicious papusas. As she delicately and intently prepares the feast, Ms. Linda, the restaurant’s owner, explains to a group the finer points of Salvadoran familial relationships. Later, as Sonia and her classmates gather around a table and nosh on the fruits of their labor, they’ll

Brazil Blogging: “What Happens When You Take 35 Teachers to Brazil to Study Schools and Culture? Magic.”

By Jeanne DelColle
Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow and history teacher at Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton, NJ



As a social studies teacher, I have always believed in the power of travel as an ultimate form of professional (and personal) development. Our world is growing increasingly flat thanks to social media and a 24 hour news cycle, but there is nothing

Brazil Blogging: “The Culture of Our Most Vulnerable Students”

By Joshua Parker
Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow and English, Reading, World Languages Department Chair at Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore, MD

(Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti)


Passion. Purpose. Play. These elements artfully combined to create an unforgettable experience from the mostly male dance troupe known as the “Companhia Urbana de Dança” or the Urban Dance Company.


They

Brazil Blogging: Rio de Janeiro School Visits

By Noelle Clark
Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow and Instructional Facilitator and Tutor at Evansville Elementary School in Evansville, WY


Fellows gather to learn how a high school in Rio de Janeiro integrates technology into instruction and learning to better prepare students for a rapidly changing world.


In Rio de Janeiro, educators focus on solutions, said Fellow Loryn Windwehen, a

Brazil Blogging: Stepping into Sao Paulo Classrooms

By Loryn Windwehen
Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow and Teacher at Harris Middle School in San Antonio, TX

Windwehen gets a smile out of students at Escola Henrique Demont in Sao Paulo. (Photo by Tyler Reynolds-Rothstein of Pearson Foundation)


"Bom dia!" The students of São Paulo were thrilled to meet us. Their smiles filled their faces as they

Blogging from Brazil: We Arrive in Sao Paulo

By Robert Adams
Member, Board of Directors
The NEA Foundation

The Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellows 2013 Study Tour began in São Paulo on June 20, 2013. The Fellows arrived in Brazil at an important moment in Brazilian history. More than a million people mobilized across Brazil to advocate for

Who Will Be at Next Year’s Academy Awards of Public Education?

From Fairbanks, AK to Wheatland, WY, meet the 36 educators, nominated by their NEA state, federal, and direct affiliates, from across the country, whose pursuit of excellence in education and advocacy for the profession has earned them the 2014

Huffington Post Blog: Want to Improve Teaching? Listen to Students

By Harriet Sanford
President & CEO
The NEA Foundation




“Annie Emerson doesn't have to wonder about what it takes to help her kindergarten students learn how to write or do math. They've told her.

Several times during the year, the Pinewoods Elementary School teacher asks her students two basic

Issue Brief: Students Speak


A cornerstone of today’s education reform movement is the generation, analysis, and use of data to improve instruction and decision-making at all levels— the classroom, school, and district. This Issue Brief focuses on efforts in Lee

Graduation Season in Swing. How Will You Prepare Students For the Road Ahead?

From flowers and new growth to long sunny days and no winter coats, spring is all about closing one chapter and starting another. At schools everywhere, it means graduation and commencement speeches.


How are you preparing to say goodbye to your

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