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Elizabeth Crawford Receives Global Teacher Education Fellowship

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Elizabeth Crawford, associate professor of Elementary Education at the Watson College, is one of eight educators in the nation selected by Global Teacher Education Inc. for the inaugural GTEI Fellows Program. The program provides support for select U.S. teacher educators to design Global Learning Classrooms for their teacher candidates. The long-term goal of the program is to develop teacher candidates who create Global Learning Classrooms for pK-12 students. 

As a GTEI Fellow, Crawford will participate in guided readings, webinars and discussions led by experts in the field of global learning, including Darla Deardorff, executive director of the Association of International Administrators, a national professional organization based at Duke University, and Veronica Boix Mansilla, principal investigator at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education and chair of the Future of Learning Institute. Crawford will also revise her undergraduate and Master of Arts in Teaching courses under the mentorship of Kenneth Cushner, emeritus professor of International and Intercultural Education at Kent State University. During the 2017-18 academic year, Crawford will implement and assess the enhanced courses, create a video case study presentation and share her work at GTEI’s annual Virtual Conference. Crawford will receive a $2,000 stipend and travel stipend for participation in the program.

Kathy Fox, chair of the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education at the Watson College said Crawford is very deserving of the fellowship.

“Elizabeth’s engagement in the worldwide community is second to none and this award will serve to sustain her work,” Fox said. “I am sure that Elizabeth will bring the same dedication and energy to this project as she exhibits here in WCE as both a teacher and a scholar.”

Crawford’s teaching, service and research are focused on enhancing future teachers’ global competency. Her students have blogged with students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa) about the issue of plastic pollution; Skyped with graduate students in Finland about cultural competence; and partnered with 6th-graders in Pennsylvania to plan and implement Think-Care-Act service projects. In 2016 she served as a Global Scholar to Finland where she was an invited keynote speaker at a UNESCO SDG4 conference. In May 2017 she visited with faculty, teachers and students in Sweden to share innovative practices in sustainability education and explore collaborative opportunities.

As a teacher educator, Crawford has developed and field-tested units of study on culture, global citizenship, peace education and environmental sustainability for the Peace Corps World Wise Schools, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the Institute for Humane Education. 

For more information on Crawford’s work as a global teacher educator, visit her website.