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Lynn Elliot Awarded Educator of the Year by World Affairs Council of Oregon
The World Affairs Council of Oregon selected Lynn Elliot of Jennings Lodge Elementary as their second annual K-12 Global Educator of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding teachers who take the initiative to incorporate global studies into their classroom.
Years ago, Lynn took a class at PSU that involved a trip to the Multicultural Resource Center where she met Karen Ettinger and learned about multicultural boxes that contained lesson plans, information and artifacts about a particular country. At first, Lynn was just excited about how she could use these materials and concepts in her own classroom, but then a bigger idea came to mind—Why not create a multicultural night to make global awareness a school-wide event?
The event is now in its 15th year and hosts around 500 guests each year. Classrooms across the school study a country for a month. On the night of the event parents, students, and guests receive a passport and travel from room to room to see what the students have been learning. When guests visit a classroom, they sample foods from that country, see the artifacts from the cultural boxes, view student work and possibly hear special musical entertainment.
The cultural boxes that are available through the Multicultural Resource Center have impacted the lives of many students. Students can touch, hear and see things that they may never have a chance to otherwise. When students enter the classroom in September they always ask which country they will be studying this year. "The excitement of the kids in wanting to learn about students from other countries is priceless,” said Lynn.
Lynn will be presented with the award at the World Quest event, which is the Council's largest and only fundraiser, on November 16, 2012. For more information about the World Council of Oregon and the World Quest event, visit their website at worldoregon.org.
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