FULBRIGHT: It Was One Year Ago Today
In the midst of my 21st year of teaching, I get the email about applying for a Fulbright. It gave me pause.
When you have worked a career that involves so many moving pieces, it seems impossible to tear yourself away from your work. Who will take care of my Advanced Studies Program? How can I walk away from a school that faces dire challenges due to the surrounding poverty in the neighborhood? How could I afford this opportunity, if an unpaid leave of absence might be required?
Then I remembered that my students and families watch what teachers do, not what they say.
My whole career has been dedicated to affording the best educational practices to my students, regardless of their background. And when you think of the best, you think of Finland.
Maybe you've seen the Michael Moore video on Finnish education.
Maybe you've read Tim Walker's funny and informative posts on moving to Finland and learning about the schools and culture (my favorite was My Amathophobic Finnish Wife).
Or maybe you just know that your school and your district can be a place that people want to visit and learn from.
So I applied. And waited. And waited. AND waited.
I got it.
This blog will serve as a repository of my Finnish foray as well as the exporting of the vibrant community of South Central L.A. and Boyle Heights to other parts of the world.