This is a summer institute for K-12 and community college educators.  In the morning, all participants will be learning about current research and application of mindfulness in education.  In the afternoon, participants will be exposed to exceptional lessons with global content developed and presented by alumni of the National Education Association Foundation Global Learning Fellows.  These are exceptional K-12 teachers who are coming to us from across the United States.  We will also be looking at resources such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they link to mindfulness work and how can be used in all classrooms to help students take action.   We will also be enjoying a field trip to an art gallery, as well as have the opportunity to join in the optional Padelford river boat evening cruise. 


During the professional development morning workshop sessions, facilitated by Dr Douglas Kennedy, participants will deepen their understanding of intercultural competence through discussions on research, personal reflection, and experiential learning. A brief overview of the day's activities are as follows:

  • Debrief and interpretation of CQ multi-rater assessments
  • Research overview and overview of intercultural competence
  • Reflection and discussion of intercultural competence as it relates to teaching practices
  • Experiential learning activities on intercultural competence and teaching

All participants will have the opportunity to apply for one of three $500 curriculum development grants to work independently and write lesson plans based on this summer's content.  These lesson plans will be due by August 15, 2019.  Once registered for the institute, participants will receive a link to apply for the curriculum development grants.

NEA Global Fellows Alumni Lesson Presentations

*Growing Empathy and Understanding though the UN Declaration for Human Rights, Nanette Saumier-Trax, Missouri

* De-othering Geography, Richard Rosivach, Minnesota

*Teaching about Toilets: Lessons on the Global Sanitation Crisis, Noah Zeichner, Washington

*A Literary Walk to Water to explore Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, Carah Casier, Ohio

*Banana Farms around the Globe, Anuradha Bajpai, Maryland

*Intercultural Communication with Elementary Students: a Case Study, Michael  Morasse (Rhode Island) and Erica Jones (Mississippi)

*Passport to the World Teacher Travel Programs, Laura West, Arkansas

Dr. Kennedy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, Level 2 CQ Certified Facilitator, and IDI Qualified Administrator. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kennedy has worked in both teacher education and in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance's Internationalizing Teaching and Learning cohort program, a year-long professional development program for faculty. In his current role, Dr. Kennedy works on building teacher capabilities in emotional regulation and culturally relevant pedagogy through mindfulness and reflective practices. Prior to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kennedy taught high school social studies, AP US History, AP Macroeconomics, and IB Theory of Knowledge.
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