Global Awareness

Roundtable

The Global Trifecta: How Microlending, the Peace Corps, and a Postcard can Open Classrooms to the World

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 4

Would you like three easy ways to burst the borders of your classroom? Come learn how microlending can not only raise students’ cultural, environmental, and political awareness, but can also help meet their social and emotional needs as well. Blend math, geography, and economics in a single strategy. Learn what the Peace Corps can offer your classroom, and how you can connect your classroom to a Peace Corps volunteer. Explore how something as simple as a postcard can set your students on a grand adventure, introducing them to countries they have probably never heard of in an authentic way.

Lisa Van Gemert

Founder
Gifted Guru

Using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun, Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s "Child Genius," and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, "Perfectionism: Practical Strategies for Managing Never Good Enough." A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com and is co-founder of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas.

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