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Explore the world with the NEA Foundation

Have you ever wanted to travel to South Africa? Explore national parks filled with safari wildlife? Explore the political and cultural history and impacts of apartheid? Learn about classroom strategies in other states and countries? The NEA Foundation has an opportunity for adventure-seeking educators who want to build global competencies, bring the world to their classroom and help students thrive in our increasingly interconnected world.

Apply for the Global Learning Fellowship 2021 cohort. Fellows will participate in online coursework, webinars, peer learning communities, a professional development workshop in Washington, D.C., and complete an international field study in South Africa.

ISTA’s current Global Learning Fellow is Carissa Richardson Lahrman. Richardson Lahrman teaches at Memorial Park Middle School in Fort Wayne. Her cohort will be traveling to Peru this summer.


Of her experiences thus far, she describes it as, “Outstanding! It has been amazing meeting teachers from across the country and world to discuss global learning opportunities for our students.”

“The professional learning weekend in Washington, D.C., was the most rewarding learning experience I have had thus far in my professional career,” said Richardson Lahrman. “My work through the fellowship to bring global learning opportunities to my school community will be incredibly influential for students and staff alike. This incredible opportunity is capstoned by a trip with the fellowship group to Peru to study global learning up close in a Peruvian village school.”

Educators in the 12-month, in-depth professional development experience will learn skills to help realize the power of global thinking in themselves and their students.

The opportunity to apply for the 2021 cohort closes Feb. 1. Learn more about the fellowship and apply at