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Memphis Educator to Receive National Award for Commitment to Global Learning

Memphis Educator to Receive National Award for Commitment to Global Learning

Washington, DC (February 10, 2020) – Melissa Collins, a veteran education in Memphis, Tenn., was honored with the 2020 Harriet Sanford Award for Distinguished Global Learning at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala  in Washington, DC on February 7, 2020.

“We live in a globalized world today, so increasingly, across the country, innovative educators are finding ways to help students develop as global citizens,” said Sara A. Sneed, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Melissa’s passion for and dedication to global learning is contagious. She has been a tireless advocated in her school, community, nationally, abroad.

The Foundation’s Global Learning Fellowship supports both student and educator development of global competencies. It enables educators to lead in shaping related education policies and practices, strengthening education in the U.S and, ultimately, supporting the achievement of our nation’s international priorities.

Created in honor of the NEA Foundation’s longtime former president and CEO, the Harriet Sanford Award for Distinguished Global Learning award recognizes an alumnus of the NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship who has demonstrated sustain commitment to global learning through his or her teaching practice and through ongoing engagement with the Foundation’s community of Global learning fellows.

Collins has been both a participant in and contributor to the NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellowship program; she was selected as a fellow in 2013 and 2019 and was a panelist at the program’s 2017 workshop. her contributions to furthering global learning have extended beyond the Foundation, participating n the Maverick Teachers Summit in INdia in 2015 and being named one of 50 finalists for the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize in 2018.

In addition to Collin’s award, 45 public school educators received the prestigious Awards for Teaching Excellence at the Saltue to Excellence in Education Gala. The Gala also concluded the celebration of the NEA Foundation’s 50th anniversary.


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