Press Release

Learning journey to prepare Johnson, students as global citizens

Lindsay Johnson

RIVER FOREST – The NEA Foundation, a public charity founded by educators for educators, today named Lindsay Johnson, a teacher at Roosevelt School in River Forest, as a 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. As a fellow, Johnson will spend a year in a peer learning network, building global competency skills.

“When our members participate in this program, it helps them grow as educators, but it also benefits their students immensely. We’re so happy for Lindsay and all that’s in store for her,” said Illinois Education Association President Kathi Griffin.

The 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellows teach all grade levels and all subjects: from visual and performing arts; to agri-science; to journalism; to history. They work in rural, suburban, and urban schools. They are National Board Certified, curriculum coaches, IB coordinators, foreign language speakers, and more. The Fellows reflect the diverse workforce of public education, which allows them to learn from each other and to bring global perspectives to a wide range of students. They share a passion for global education and an unwavering commitment for preparing America’s students with 21st century skills.

“The NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellowship program includes the new cohort plus more than 250 Global Learning Fellowship alums, providing the fellows with a dynamic, growing peer learning community,” said Harriet Sanford, president and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “As educators participate in the fellowship, they become better at rethinking practices by experimenting with ideas, challenging concepts and learning with colleagues near and far.”

Over the course of a year, the NEA Foundation staff, partners, and field experts will support the fellows as they immerse themselves 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. The field study brings the cohort together as they investigate the historical and cultural context of the country they visit and interact with local educators, students, administrators, and policy-makers; make school visits; and hear from business and non-profit leaders.

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The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.