Fulbright Hays-Group Projects Abroad (Africa)
We offer opportunities for educators to travel to an African country under the Fulbright Hays-Group projects abroad program sponsored the U.S. Department of Education. This program provides an opportunity for curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Over the years we have led groups to West Africa (Ghana, Senegal and the Gambia), and more recently we led a group to Ethiopia. Participants usually drawn from the schools in our area and the greater Western Pennsylvania have had the opportunity to travel to Africa to experience Africa first hand and enhance their professional competence in Africa as a world region and be able to generate specific grade level instructional resources for their classrooms. Participants spend 4 – 5 weeks in an African country acquiring resource materials for curriculum development in the modern foreign language or area studies programs. Resource materials may include artifacts, documents, books, educational films, museum reproductions, recordings, and other instructional materials. We continue to provide these travelling seminars particularly for educators interested in expanding their own perspectives and wishing to infuse the teaching of Africa in their classrooms.
Teaching Africa Workshop
We coordinate a teaching Africa workshop for returning participants from the Group projects abroad in Africa program. When participants return they are required to work on curriculum development in teams to create lesson plans that can be used in K-12 classrooms. The underlying question in the curriculum development process was “what kind of folk life do Ethiopians value today? In creating these innovative curricula, the objective is to allow our students in the U.S. to respect and understand Africa and the contributions that Africans have made to the world. The project allows participants to come together during a daylong workshop to discuss and share best practices and approaches in teaching of Africa in their classrooms.
Ethiopia Fulbright Hays 2017 Lesson Plans
These lesson plans display a body of diverse projects crafted by the educators participating in the Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad in Ethiopia. Please use them as you see best in your classroom or learning environment.
Ethiopia Video Teacher Guide
Ryan Devlin Teacher of the Year and his partner, expert educator Laura Buccigrossi co developed this amazing video which charms as much as it educates. Use this video to introduce any of the lessons listed below.
Geraldine Truog, Kate Van Haren, Amber Niedomys
This diverse set of lesson, created by a highly qualified team, plan draws upon the appeal of the normal. By having students examine the objects they use everyday and compare them with the objects young people use in Ethiopia, learners may be able to discover more about themselves connect it to others around the world. These expertly crafted lessons are targeted toward late elementary school groups, however can be easily modified to accommodate any grade. Help your students find the amazing in the ordinary with everyday objects!
Ethiopia Objects: (Powerpoint)
America Objects: (Powerpoint)
Gender and Education
Nicole Cristobal, Jawanza Rand
These lessons are the foundation for a exploration of gender with your students. These lessons, created by innovative researchers in the field, are targeted toward secondary level students (7-12), however, could be modified for any grade level. These expertly crafted lessons help you can your students explore female empowerment and training men as partners. Engage your students with a critical dive into gender from a global perspective.
Food and Culture
These lesson, designed by a master educator, examine food from many diverse angles that can be incorporated in a learning environment to connect learning across disciplines. These lessons are organized for grades 9-12 but can easily be modified to fit the needs of any grade level. These lessons are intended to flow seemlessly with your core teaching objectives, serving to reinforce previously taught concepts with a global perspective edge.
These fantastic lessons guide you and your students through the complex system of online archives. Explore history through artifacts with these finely crafted lessons. Intended for grades 9-12, these lessons can be modified to accommodate learners of any age. Set forth of a learning adventure with these stupendous lessons.
Farm to Table
Darla Gerlach, Doctor of Education, through in-depth interviews, hours of observations, and crafting personal relationships with the people of Sodo, Ethiopia, created a diverse set of lessons that capture and showcase the plant life of Ethiopia. These lessons are intended for students 7-12 however, students of any age could enjoy these lessons with some modifications.
A - Ethnobotany in Ethiopia: (PowerPoint)
D - Indigenous Ethiopian Technology & the Modern Maker Movement: (Powerpoint)
Geographic Information System
Erin Towns, a seventeen year veteran classroom teacher, utilizes geospatial technology and visuals from Sodo, Ethiopia to teach students and educators about geographic concepts of community space. This interactive series of lessons takes students and teachers on a visual journey through Sodo, Ethiopia while teaching them to how to use basic ArcGIS Online mapping tools. Students are asked to map local community spaces and compare them with ones found in Sodo, Ethiopia.
This lesson can be included in any social studies course dedicated to increasing technological literacy and historical and contemporary content about Eastern Africa.
Music and Dance of Wolaita and Ethiopia
Irene Chepnegtich & Gerald Savage
Two outstanding teachers from Pittsburgh Public, Irene and Gerald, craft a beautiful lesson that help you guide your students through a musical adventure through Sodo Ethiopia. This lesson could be used as an addition to many classes which could explore music through different contexts: Math, physics, art, history, etc.
Lesson Plan: (PDF)