International Field Experience
A major component of the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program is the international field experience. This is the part of the programming that brings all of the academic research, discussions, and in our pandemic reality – all of our virtual connections into real life. And what an experience it was, our cohort was the first to experience Canada as a travel destination, and it was two years in the making, due to pandemic delays.
This was my first time traveling since the pandemic shut the world down and I will always choose the window seat over aisle, any day.
First leg of the trip, Newark to Toronto!
There is no stopping a mom on a mission, and that is where we’ll begin the story of the St. Frances Cree Bilingual School. Mothers who set out on a mission to secure funding for a facility that will continue to give their children a sense of proud, indigenous identity in a safe learning environment. … More
“May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, May hope forever wipe away your tears…” Chief Dan George During the second leg of the journey, our full cohort of TGC fellows split into two groups. One group headed to Saskatoon and the other, Quebec, for completely different experiences. … More
“All, regardless of race or class or economic status, are entitled to a fair chance and to the tools for developing their individual powers of mind and spirit to the utmost. This promise means that all children by virtue of their own efforts, competently guided, can hope to attain the mature and informed judgement needed … More
“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” – Jimmy Carter Visiting the Forest Valley Education Center, part of Toronto’s Outdoor Education Department was a phenomenal example on the mechanics of integrating outdoor education in schools, and all that is necessary to take learning outside … More
The vibe is different when you land in Toronto Pearson Airport. Yes, it’s an international city and therefore, you’d expect to see a diverse population. However, this was a type of diversity I hadn’t experienced outside of a place like New York City. Immediately in the airport, the handlers, customer service agents, security were all … More
One of the tangible components of our travels through Canada was the impact the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has had on the educational agenda, the tone of officials we spoke with and the overall mood throughout our travels. This commission was established in 2007 to shed light on the Indian Residential Schools, much like in … More
“Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder.” John F. Kennedy speaking to the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa in 1961 Background Info What brings a group of 23 American educators … More