Einstein Charter’s Bowie Selected For Global Classrooms Program

NEW ORLEANS – Einstein Charter Middle School teacher Alondria Bowie has been selected for the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) for the 2016-2017 school year. Bowie is one of the 76 teachers chosen from over 400 applicants across 47 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

         TGC is a yearlong professional development program for elementary, middle and high school teachers aimed at globalizing teaching and learning in U.S. classrooms. The goal of the program is to provide K- 12 teachers with the opportunity to explore the themes and applications for global education in their classrooms, school and community. TGC is funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by IREX, an international nonprofit providing innovative programs to promote lasting global change.

         Bowie will begin with a ten-week online professional development course in the fall, followed by participation in the Global Education Symposium in Washington, D.C. in February 2017. The program concludes with two to three weeks of international field experience where Bowie will join a cohort of teachers in one of TGC’s participating countries.

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         “We are proud and excited for Ms. Bowie!” says Einstein CEO Shawn Toranto. “The TGC program is a great opportunity for her to gain new insight and a broader understanding of ways to incorporate international perspectives and global education into the classroom, which is highly relevant to Einstein’s diverse community.”

         Authorized by the Orleans Parish School Board, Einstein Charter Schools operates a group of consistently high performing, open admissions schools in New Orleans East. The Einstein Group, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, governs Einstein Charter Schools. The group recently received a $5 million High Quality Charter School Replication grant from United States Department of Education.

         Einstein also recently received the 2015 COSEBOC School Award for Excellence and Leadership in Educating Boys of Color. Einstein has been repeatedly recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education as a “Top Gains” and “High Performing, High Poverty” school and by the Orleans Parish School Board as a “Top Performing” school. Einstein recently expanded to the former Sarah Towles Reed campus to provide a middle and high school facility for 500 additional students. Einstein has one of the most diverse student bodies in the city and the largest English Language Learner (ELL) population, with 34 percent of its students in an ELL program.

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