“The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy – the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see something we have failed to see, or may see it more accurately”
Senator J.W. Fulbright
Project Brazil will promote opportunities to incorporate and implement rich cultural lessons across many subject areas in special education courses in Sumner County as well as enable teachers to gain a more thorough understanding of special education abroad. It will facilitate professional development in Sumner County that will persuade cultural understanding, promote forward-thinking, and facilitate the use of technology amongst educators and students diagnosed with disabilities in Sumner County.
A group of 10 Sumner County special education teachers will follow my explorations through Brazil. They will rely on both a blog and Skype to communicate with me and one another throughout the duration of the trip. The use of technology will enable teachers to share this experience with me. Upon return, the final level of the project will incorporate students from across Sumner County. Students being served in special education classes in the middle and high schools will share in a county-wide project. American and Brazilian students will utilize webcams to interact with one another.
Students being served in special education, geography, high school English, middle school language arts, reading, and environmental science will be assigned a section of society, culture, history, or geography to research and study. Corresponding lesson plans based on Tennessee standards will be developed for each participating class. The classroom teachers and I will collaborate to implement each lesson. Individual products from each class will include video clips, voice threads, cultural representations, and other forms of interpretive expression. Projects will include Brazilain students and be shared throughout the county.