Northwestern State University alumna Kimberly Eckert was selected as a NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow and attended the “Keeping the Promise of Public Education” symposium in Washington, D.C., on World Teachers Day, Oct. 5. The NEA Foundation, a separate entity from National Education Association, developed the Global Learning Fellowship to allow educators the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction, advocate for global competency in their schools and districts and help students thrive in our increasingly interconnected world.
After a selection process, one fellow is selected from each state to embark on 12 months of professional development that culminates in an international exchange that enables them to design lesson plans with global focus connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to become better equipped for advocacy.
Eckert’s task will culminate in South Africa next summer.
Eckert is a high school English teacher at Brusly High School. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work is 2004 and Master’s of Education in special education in 2013 at NSU and is also a reading specialist. In addition to serving as an NEA Global Fellow, she is also a Stand for Children’s LEAD Fellow, recently received Louisiana’s Public Interest Fellowship for work with Educators Rising and is the 2018 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year.
“I can’t imagine a better way to have celebrated World Teachers Day 2018 than by listening to the beautiful stories of teachers inspiring us to keep the promise of public education,” Eckert said. “I got to meet the other 2019 Fellows for The NEA Foundation and I’m so thankful to be a part of this group committed to global education.”
The NEA is a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students. For more information visit https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/global-learning-resources/meet-the-fellows/.