Boise Educator Selected as 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

Boise Educator Selected as 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow
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Boise Educator Selected as 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

Multifaceted yearlong learning journey to prepare Sonia Galaviz, students as global citizens

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 13, 2017) – The NEA Foundation named Sonia Galaviz, a 5th grade educator at Garfield Elementary School in Boise, Idaho, as one of the 48 public school educators to become a member of this year’s class of Global Learning Fellows. Galaviz will spend a year building global competency skills (the capacity to understand and act on issues of global significance). 

As a result of the Fellowship, Galaviz will be better equipped to prepare students for global citizenship. Fellows also create valuable global lesson plans for their students that are freely shared with educators across the nation and the world through open-source platforms.

“I am deeply committed to my practice and pedagogy as a public educator and embrace each and every opportunity to develop my own experience with new cultures, in new places,” says Galaviz, whom the NEA Foundation recognized in February with its highest award, the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence.

This class of Fellows was selected from more than 400 applicants from across the country. These new Fellows teach all grade levels – and all subjects: from visual and performing arts to agri-science, vocational studies to history. They come from rural, suburban, and urban schools. They are National Board Certified, curriculum coaches, IB coordinators, foreign language speakers, and more. Some have participated in similar programs, and some have never traveled abroad. The diverse cohort will allow educators to learn from each other and bring global perspectives to a wide range of students.

“We believe that educators are the key to giving students the skills to thrive in an interconnected world,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “We created the Global Learning Fellowship to provide professional development in teaching global competencies and to support educators as they integrate these skills into classroom instruction.” 

Over the course of a year, the NEA Foundation staff, partners, and field experts will support Galaviz as she immerses herself in online coursework, webinars, and collegial study, including a two-day professional development workshop this fall and a nine-day international field study next summer, bringing the full cohort together with experts in global learning. 

Prior Fellows have contributed valuable knowledge to the field by posting replicable lesson plans on open-source platforms here and here. Past Fellows have returned to advance global competency in their schools and districts—one Fellow recently brought Peruvian artists to her school to teach her students how to incorporate their own culture into their art.

Get to know all of the 2018 NEA Foundation Learning Fellows by visiting

The NEA Foundation will accept applications for the 2019 Global Learning Fellowship this fall.

About the NEA Foundation
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