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Incline teaches aim to up global knowledge in D.C.

Pamela Miller
Special to the Bonanza

EDITOR’S NOTE: Incline High Teacher Pamela Miller and Principal Stacey Cooper from Incline High School recently visited Washington, D.C., to take part in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program’s Global Education Symposium, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The following story is an update from the symposium.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — How can we encourage our students to adopt a more global mindset? How can we encourage our kids to acquire more cultural and global competencies? How can the Incline community get involved in adopting a more global outlook? These are questions I pondered while attending The Global Education Symposium in Washington, D.C., recently, sponsored by The United States Department of State.

As a history teacher, I have always understood that the history of the world is a history of global interaction. It wasn’t until I traveled and lived abroad, that I understood that world issues are seen differently from international perspectives. Today our technology has deeply connected the far flung corners of the globe. Physical distance no longer matters. With distance labs and Skype we can collaborate on projects with students anywhere in the world.

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I first became internationalized while living and studying at La Universidad de los Andes, in Bogota, Colombia (as an exchange student from Macalester College)While abroad, I learned how to listen with my heart, as well as my ears. Since then, I have been fortunate to travel to all the continents, and experience firsthand many of the world cultures. I just recently returned from a trip to Thailand.

Last spring I was awarded an international fellowship from the Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. As part of this fellowship, they will be sponsoring me on an educational exchange to Indonesia in June. I will be laying the groundwork to develop a sister school relationship between a secondary school in Indonesia and Incline High School.

I see myself as striving to become a global ambassador for Incline Schools. We live in a community that is overflowing with talented, well-traveled professionals with a myriad of experiences to share. I am seeking to create a list of people who have lived, studied, worked, created foundations abroad, which would be willing to be guest speakers at our schools.

In addition, I am sure there are foreign exchange students at Sierra Nevada College with a wealth of experiences to share. Please contact me at pmiller@washoeschools.net so that I can create a pamphlet of our international community resources. I look forward to developing a partnership with these community members that could be utilized by teachers throughout all three schools and curriculums.


 

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