Northshore High School teacher Catherine Tanguis visited Washington, D.C. February 14 -16, 2013, to participate in the Global Education Symposium, part of the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC). She was the only teacher representing Louisiana at the gathering.
The event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), selected 160 teachers, school principals and district administrators from across the country to participate in the symposium.
“In Washington, I had the opportunity to meet many members of our Department of State as well as teachers and administrators from around the country.” Ms. Tanguis said. “It is an exciting program. I am the only teacher representing Louisiana this year.” Last year, St. Tammany Parish teacher Teri Kliebert participated.
The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is an exchange and professional development opportunity for secondary school teachers sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the non-profit organization IREX.
Through the program, teachers from across the United States learn how to advance their schools’ global education practices, internationalizing teaching and learning in their classrooms.
During the symposium, the teachers, principals and district administrators participated in sessions such as The Need for Global Education, Principles for Globalizing Schools, Bringing Global Education to Your Zip Code, and Working Effectively Across Cultures.
The Global Education Symposium follows the teachers’ completion of an online course and prepares the teachers for their upcoming field experience. This spring and summer the U.S. teachers will learn with, and from, their colleagues in other countries developing and sharing international knowledge and skills.
The U.S. teachers will participate in a three week professional experience in Brazil, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, or Ukraine. Mrs. Tanguis will travel to Brazil. “I will be spending three weeks during June in Brazil, touring the country, basically serving as an educational ambassador, sharing our country’s educational practices and philosophies and learning about theirs,” she said.
The teachers will reconvene in October in Washington, DC, to share their experiences and to discuss best practices.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional and sports exchange programs. These international exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries.
Alumni of these exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 350 current or former heads of state and government.
Ms. Tanguis encourages other St. Tammany Parish educators to apply for the upcoming 2013-14 TGC Program.