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Southridge Teacher Part of Global Learning Fellowship

Dr. Rama Devagupta in Peru with NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship participants

A Southridge High School teacher's yearlong Global Learning Fellowship through the NEA Foundation culminated in a trip to Peru this summer.

Dr. Rama Devagupta spent the year working with nearly 50 other teachers from around the United States through the fellowship, and the group spent time in July in Peru learning about the educational system and culture to cap off the experience.

She said it's been transformative.

The fellowship's aim is to help teachers educate and empower students for global citizenship. Dr. Devagupta was one of 49 educators chosen for the 2022 class of fellows. They represented 42 states and a U.S. Department of Defense school, teaching multiple grades and subjects.

“Educators who are helping students develop the knowledge and dispositions to understand the world and their capacity to influence it are truly preparing students for the future,” said Sara A. Sneed, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation, in a news release.

“For more than a decade, the foundation’s fellowship has enabled hundreds of public school educators to deepen their understanding of global citizenship, facilitate deeper learning in their classrooms, create deep and long-lasting connections with their peers and initiate incredible collaboration between classrooms in the United States and abroad. This rich learning experience also equips them to play an even greater leadership role in their schools, communities and states,” she said.

The fellowship included online coursework, webinars, reading and reflection, a two-day professional development workshop and the international field study in Peru.

Photo credit: Dr. Rama Devagupta