From the classroom to Mars: Loving science and math

When the Mars rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet weeks ago, many Americans rekindled their love affair with space exploration. The small rover’s ability to touch the hearts of millions of Americans from light-years away begs the question: Is science cool again? For those at JPL, NASA, and many students across the country, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) never stopped being cool.


And, with generous support from the AT&T Foundation, the NEA Foundation has

2012 China Experience: Global Engagement

On our final day of the trip, after visiting a middle school in the suburbs of Shanghai, the Global Learning Fellows sat down together for a group discussion about their overall Global Learning Fellowship experience. The conversation focused on

2012 China Experience: Global Competitiveness

On Monday, the Global Learning Fellows met with leaders of Fastco Shanghai Trading Company, the Fastenal Asia Sourcing and Trading Company. Fastenal is a global manufacturing leader that sells industrial and construction supplies around the

2012 China Experience: Global Perspective

Visiting the Beijing Jinsong Vocational School and Dinner Meeting with Intel’s Julia Zhu


On Thursday Global Learning Fellows got an up-close look at some aspects of Chinese education. We started the afternoon with a tour of Beijing Jinsong

2012 China Experience: We arrived!

Ni Hao! Greetings from the 2012 class of NEA Foundation-Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellows in Beijing.


In 2010, a group of education leaders came together with a common vision: to create greater global exposure for public school educators.

2011 China Experience: Thank You, Good Bye

By Sarah Davis, Pearson Foundation

On the bus ride to the hotel after our last dinner together in Hong Kong, we all had a chance to say goodbye.

Then, Kathy Welling of EF Tours had us each all clasp our own two hands in the way that felt most natural.

2011: China Experience: A Hong Kong Elementary School Education

By Sarah Davis, Pearson Foundation

Today we visited the Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School. The school principal, Mary Chou, gave us some background on the school prior to a student ambassador–led tour. The school is

2011 China Experience: A Teacher's Perspective

This post is part of a series of guest blog entries written by teachers who received the NEA Foundation’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and participated in the China Experience. In this entry, Maryann Woods-Murphy, a high school Spanish

2011 China Experience: Shanghai and the Western Shanghai Experimental School

By Sarah Davis, Pearson Foundation

We recently arrived in Shanghai , a city known for its financial history, as well as its hybrid-like East-West culture (for more on Shanghai, visit here). In a very short period of time, we visited the Bund

2011 China Experience: Beijing to Shanghai: Education Begins at Home

From June 22 to July 1, 26 of the 2011 NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence recipients are spending 10 days on an educational and cultural tour of China.

Our partners from the Pearson Foundation are helping us document the trip by

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