Educational Organizations and Professional Development

MEGA (Middle Educators Global Activities)
MEGA was developed as a partnership between middle grades teachers and NC State’s College of Education for enabling educators to teach and use technology in the classroom.  The focus of the organization is to provide teachers greater opportunities to improve their technology skills and focus on specific content areas in addition to interdisciplinary projects specific to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  MEGA provides teachers with resources for professional development and acts as a reservoir of information.  Its global community of members use technology as a tool for shared decision-making and enhancing the curriculum through collaborative on-line projects.

BRIDGE Exchange Opportunity
BRIDGE (Building Respect through Internet Dialogue and Global Education) will connect 24 secondary schools in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Pakistan with counterparts in the United States through collaborative online projects and physical exchanges.  As part of this program, there is an opportunity for schools in any state to host a teacher and four students from one of these countries for a three-week visit in 2003.  Additional funds have been secured to enable one teacher from each of the 23 U.S. schools to join their colleagues from the 8 countries in a Regional Workshop in Egypt during June 2003.  Applicants must be affiliated with iEARN–information about getting involved is available online.

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)
GEEO is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to helping educators travel internationally and bring their experiences back into the classroom.  Would you like to earn professional development credit while seeing the world? Would your students benefit by learning from a teacher with first hand experience in other countries?  Would you like to travel abroad affordably on subsidized trips designed specifically for educators? Check it out!

Global TeachNet
Initiated by the National Peace Corps Association (NCPA), this site serves as a network for educators dedicated to bringing the world and global perspectives to U.S. classrooms. The site provides lesson plans, resources, and information about workshops and awards for global educators.

The Global Educators Program
Teach alongside an overseas colleague for 3-4 weeks during the summer and earn 6 graduate credits.  The Global Educators Program, in River Falls, WI, places American educators worldwide, at all age/levels/disciplines.  Program costs include a $125 registration fee, an enrollment/tuition fee of $870 at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN, airfare and living costs.  More information is available on the above website, or by contacting Carol LeBreck, Program Director:

Kenan Fellows Program and NC State
Born out of a desire to increase math and science teacher retention, the Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development was developed in 2000 as a competitive fellowship for K-12 public school teachers. The program’s primary objective is to promote  development opportunities and collaboration among educators. This site provides curriculum projects and lesson plans searchable by subject area and grade level. Additionally, current and past Fellows and Mentors are listed by name and photograph. More information is available at the above website.

NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheris Administration’s Education Website
NOAA’s many educational activities are distributed across the agency. This site has been designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the many educational activities, publications, and booklets that have been produced.