Meredith McGovern to present in Republic of Georgia
European History is Meredith McGovern’s passion and in March, she will immerse herself in the history and politics of the country once occupied by Soviet Russia when the Parkway High teacher visits the Republic of Georgia.
McGovern has been awarded a highly competitive year-long fellowship with the U.S. Department of State Teachers for Global Classrooms program, which more than 1,000 people applied for nationally. Only 80 were chosen, 11 of whom will be her traveling companions.
“I’m the only one going from the South,” she noted.
As part of the program, McGovern will receive training through the U.S. Department of State on the Globalization of Education. In February, she and Assistant Principal Becky Gray will visit the State Department in Washington D.C. to make a presentation prior to leaving March 11 for the Republic of Georgia.
“This is an important mission on a foreign policy level,” McGovern explained, who will be teaching a lesson to students while in Georgia.
“I will present to the U.S. Embassy and Georgia’s Ministry of Education an overview of our district and my home school (Parkway), including what is a typical day for an American child. They are trying to find what strategies we use to reinvent their educational system.”
The opportunity McGovern is being given comes with strings attached. In exchange for the chance to study abroad and receive 10 of graduate level courses through George Mason University, she must participate in the writing and publishing of global curriculum and present at a Global Symposium on Education in Washington D.C. McGovern may also get the honor of presenting her curriculum and research at the United Nations.
“I am so excited to represent Bossier Parish Schools in this amazing opportunity,” McGovern said. “Through my participation in this program, our parish is now eligible for significant grants and additional funding opportunities via the U.S. Department of State, so it’s a win-win for everyone.”