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Learning Global Citizenship: Students and Teachers in Belize and the U.S. Take Action Together
Social Studies and the Young Learner
  • Sara Fry, Boise State University
  • Shari Griffin, Fox Creek Elementary School
  • Jean Kirshner, Mammoth Heights Elementary School
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Article
Publication Date
11-1-2012
Abstract
We are a group of educators who have taken our passion for literacy and commitment to active citizenship to a global level. As part of a small, teacher-led non-profit organization called the Belize Education Project, we have made a long-term commitment to improve literacy and education in the Cayo District of Belize, Central America. For each of the past five years, we have travelled to Belize for a week in October to work with children and provide professional development for up to 40 teachers at three primary schools in the Cayo District. We also bring Belizean educators to the United States for professional development in our schools. Over the years we have developed close friendships with our colleagues in Belize. We treasure watching the children, who captured our hearts during the first visit, grow up and become readers. Shari (a fourth grade teacher and co-author of this article) put it best when she said, "Half of my heart now lives in Belize. It is wonderful to visit that half of my heart every October."
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Citation Information
Sara Fry, Shari Griffin and Jean Kirshner. "Learning Global Citizenship: Students and Teachers in Belize and the U.S. Take Action Together" Social Studies and the Young Learner (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sara_fry/21/