Dr. D'Amico & Dr. Hudgens Henderson receive Fulbright award
Dr. Linda D'Amico and Dr. Mary Hudgens Henderson have been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The project will pair U.S. teachers and undergraduates with Ecuadorian educators at a Spanish-Kichwa bilingual school in Espejo, Ecuador.
The purpose of the Winona State University’s Fulbright-Hays short-term curriculum development project is to provide four weeks of direct experience in Kichwa language, Spanish language, Andean cultural area studies, and Ecuadorian Intercultural Bilingual Education pedagogy to pre-service and in-service preschool through grade 12 U.S educators in order to develop and acquire resource materials for curriculum development for use in their professional careers and eventual dissemination to colleagues and community members when they return to the United States.
The American-Ecuadorian partner teams will collaborate on creating a multilingual, multicultural environmental science unit that incorporates indigenous worldviews of Pacha Mama, Mother Earth.
This pedagogical exchange project in Andean Ecuador offers advanced university students majoring in foreign language education fields and U.S. teachers opportunities to improve their knowledge of Andean Studies.
Additionally, GPA participants will increase their cross-cultural competency skills through professional interactions with Latin American educators and Indigenous students, while they expand their linguistic capabilities in Kichwa and Spanish, and gain a deeper understanding of bilingual pedagogical practices in Ecuador.
Contact Linda D'Amico and Mary Hudgens Henderson for more information or if you would like to apply to join.