Learning journey to prepare Tara Nunimaker, students as global citizens

(June 18, 2018) – The NEA Foundation, a public charity founded by educators for educators, today named Tara Nunimaker, an Art Teacher at The Academy of International Studies in Woodburn, Oregon, as a 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. As a Fellow, Ms. Nunimaker will spend a year in a peer learning network, building global competency skills: the capacity to understand and act on issues of global significance.

The 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows teach all grade levels and all subjects: from visual and performing arts; to agri-science; to journalism; to history. They work in rural, suburban, and urban schools. They are National Board Certified, curriculum coaches, IB coordinators, foreign language speakers, and more. The Fellows reflect the diverse workforce of public education, which allows them to learn from each other and to bring global perspectives to a wide range of students. They share a passion for global education and an unwavering commitment for preparing America’s students with 21st century skills.

“The NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellowship program includes the new cohort plus more than 250 Global Learning Fellowship alums, providing the Fellows with a dynamic, growing peer learning community,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “As educators participate in the Fellowship, they become better at rethinking practices by experimenting with ideas, challenging concepts and learning with colleagues near and far.”

Over the course of a year, the NEA Foundation staff, partners, and field experts will support the Fellows as they immerse themselves in online coursework, webinars, and collegial study, including a two-day professional development workshop this fall and a nine day international field study next summer. The field study brings the cohort together as they investigate the historical and cultural context of the country they visit and interact with local educators, students, administrators, and policy-makers; make school visits; and hear from business and non-profit leaders.

The 2019 Fellows will use what they learn during the year to prepare their students for global citizenship. They will create valuable global lesson plans for their students that will be freely shared with educators across the nation and the world through open source platforms. They will also share their methods for globalizing instructional practice and advocate in their communities and beyond for global education.

Get to know all of the 2019 NEA Foundation Learning Fellows by visiting neafoundation.org.

The NEA Foundation will accept applications for the 2020 Global Learning Fellowship this fall.

About the NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students. Since our beginning in 1969, the Foundation has served as a laboratory of learning, offering funding and other resources to public school educators, their schools, and districts to solve complex teaching and learning challenges. We elevate and share educator solutions to ensure greater reach and impact on student learning. We believe that when educators unleash their own power, ideas, and voices, communities, schools, and students all benefit. Visit neafoundation.org for more information. Find us on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to our blog.

 About the Woodburn School District

The Woodburn School District provides a world-class education to over 5,600 students in grades K-12 across four elementary, two middle and five small high schools. We offer challenging academics that include all-day kindergarten, dual language instruction, Advanced Placement courses, and the International Baccalaureate diploma. We embrace innovation in our instructional practices with teams of teachers working together for student progress. Woodburn graduation rates are 12 percent higher than the state average, and even higher for disadvantaged student populations. For more information about Woodburn School District, visit www.woodburnsd.orgor like us on Facebook (WSD103).