Bronx teachers become students in other countries

This article originally appeared on nydailynews.com.

CORINNE LESTCH
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Some teachers can still enjoy their summer vacations – in the classroom.

Fourteen lucky Bronx educators embarked on international trips that took them as far away as Japan, France and Thailand to bring back fresh, new ideas to the classroom through a program called Fund for Teachers.

“I’m so grateful that I was able to gain this wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience of all these historical sites that I’m teaching about,” said Kathleen Kennedy, a global history and art teacher at West Bronx Academy for the Future in Fordham. “It really gave me more energy and new ideas, so I’m not coming back with the same old thing I’ve done in the past.”

Kennedy, 28, spent two weeks during the summer taking art and architecture workshops at the studio Atelier Alupi and Musee d’Orsay in Paris. She also visited the Louvre, Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres and Palace of Versailles, with the goal of linking art and history for her students.

Kathleen Kennedy at the Louvre.

“I plan to introduce a similar workshop with my students,” she said. “How can observation help us to understand history? How can observation help us to look at artwork?”

Fund for Teachers chose educators from all over the country, and awarded $5,000 per individual or $10,000 per team to travel to 124 countries this summer.