Therese M. Jilek

Through an action research project, Ms. Jilek investigates the effect of authentic and relevant experiences on student learning and the effect of interaction with children around the world on students’ attitudes toward other cultures and each other. Students in Ms. Jilek’s increasingly diverse class establish e-mail correspondence with students in other countries and participate in a global classroom project to exchange information and reexamine cultural stereotypes. Ms. Jilek shares the results of her study through district staff meetings and an online teacher exchange.