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Moore Teacher To Visit Philippines on ‘Global Classrooms’ Fellowship

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Moore Teacher To Visit Philippines on ‘Global Classrooms’ Fellowship
Posted on 05/26/2016
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David Hilton, a Lyman Moore Middle School social studies teacher, is headed to the Philippines in June, in the final step of a fellowship he won from the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program.

Hilton is one of just three teachers from Maine to have won the one-year fellowships in 2015 from that U.S. State Department program. The three – who also include a teacher from Camden and one from Gray-New Gloucester – are among only about 80 teachers around the country to be awarded the 2015 fellowships.

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a yearlong professional development opportunity for the nation’s elementary, middle and high school teachers to become leaders in global education.

Hilton has previous global education experience. He was trained by staff from Harvard University’s Project Zero during their 2012 - 2014 “The World in Portland” residency with the Portland Public Schools.

The trip in June will be the final step in the fellowship, which he was awarded last June.

The first step was completion last fall of an eight-week online course in global competency that connected him with educators from across the country.

He then went to a two-day Global Education Symposium in Washington, D.C.  in February with Lyman Moore Assistant Principal Jake Giessman.

“We met teachers and administrators from nearly all 50 states, gathered resources, shared student work, and began planning for the final stage of the fellowship, international travel to one of six countries,” Hilton said.

His assignment was the Philippines. “I will travel to the Philippines with a dozen other teachers, leaving on June 3,” Hilton said. “We’ll begin our work in Manila where we’ll have about five days of intensive lessons about Filipino history and their education system. We will then travel in pairs to separate schools around the country.”

He added, “I hope to see how Filipino schools compare to American schools. I want to learn what they do well and what they struggle with. I hope to bring back some innovative ideas for improving my school. Also, I hope to be able to have lots and lots of personal experiences with Filipino people ­– teachers, students, young people and families. I want to get a sense for Filipino culture.”

He said the trip will impact his teaching. “This experience will help me explore and share how other cultures are, as anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis says, ‘unique manifestations of the human spirit.’ When I get back, I'll have more specific examples that will help kids learn about another culture and learn to accept difference without judgment,” Hilton said.

At the end of the fellowship program, on June 23rd, Hilton plans to extend his trip by exploring Cambodia for a week. His colleague at Lyman Moore, ELL teacher Tyler Jellison, taught in Cambodia for four years and is connecting Hilton with friends there.

Hilton said, “I've started to frame my teaching through the lens of the essential skills good citizens develop: investigating the world, recognizing perspectives, communicating ideas, and taking action. On this trip, I'll practice those skills for myself. Kids notice when teachers practice their own lessons.”

In 2014, another Lyman Moore social studies teacher, Caroline Foster, became a Teachers for Global Classrooms Program fellow and also traveled to the Philippines.

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured (from left) are Lyman Moore social studies teacher David Hilton; Camden teacher Kathleen Harrison; and Gray-New Gloucester teacher Bobbie Thibodeau, at a Teachers for Global Classrooms Program event.