Monday, October 29, 2012

Primary Source Celebrates Global Education

I was delighted to be part of Primary Source's honorary committee at their annual Gala for Global Education, which took place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts last Friday evening. For those who don't know about this organization and their exciting work with teachers, here's their "about us" statement:
Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators. By introducing global content, Primary Source shapes the way teachers and students learn, so that their knowledge is deeper and their thinking is flexible and open to inquiry.
At the Gala, Director Julia de la Torre gave an inspiring talk about the value of exposing educators to the world through travel and books. During a recent Primary Source trip to rural China, she was struck by the fact that teachers never travel alone, but "always bring their students along with them."

Librarian Jennifer Hanson has pulled together an incredible collection of resources and curriculum guides, coordinates global reads of children's and YA literature, and spearheaded the Asian American Author video series.

President and Publisher Brent Farmer came to show how my friends at Charlesbridge Publishing are behind me.
Long-time Brookline teacher Marcy Prager and her husband Robert are firm believers in global education.
Power librarian couple Ryan (Assistant Director of the Newton Free Library) and Jennifer (Primary Source's Librarian) Hanson enjoyed the wonderful evening.
My husband is always proud of me, and the feeling is mutual.

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