MARTHA K. SEAGLE
Kathy Bosiak, science teacher at Lincolnton High School, is one of only 68 teachers in the United States selected to participate in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program.
â€œI almost deleted the notification email, because I didnâ€™t recognize the senderâ€™s address,â€ Bosiak told theÂ Lincoln Times-News. â€œBut, I opened it and I nearly threw up.â€
Bosiak said her husband immediately asked her what was wrong and that she was speechless. â€œYou put your heart and soul into applying for these things, writing the essays and everything,â€ Bosiak said. â€œI was thrilled to be selected.â€
The overall goal for the Global Classrooms Program is to prepare students for futures in a global society. Bosiak notes that most large companies today are not just on a national level. Many of them have branches all over the world, and students need specific skills to succeed in a global environment.
As recipient of one of the grants funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U. S. Department of State, Bosiak is completing a graduate-level course in globalized learning. In February and October of next year, Bosiak will attend two Global Education Symposia in Washington, D.C.
However, the highlight of the experience will be a two-week international fellowship to one of six countries â€“ Brazil, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco or Ukraine. Bosiak doesnâ€™t know which county she will be assigned to yet, but expects to find out sometime around the first of the year. Her trip will occur sometime next summer.
While traveling, Bosiak will learn about the host countryâ€™s culture. â€œIn a global society, itâ€™s important for businesspeople to understand other cultures so that they donâ€™t offend them,â€ Bosiak said, speaking of the skills that tomorrowâ€™s leaders will need. Additionally, she will team teach and collaborate with teachers and administrators from the host country.