The Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching grant ended on June 16th with the submission of two requirements: Summative Report and the Inquiry Project. Reflecting on my academic journey, and the educators that I met along the way gave me a new sense of purpose as I enter the Joint Ph.D. Program at San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University.
Living in The Netherlands gave me a chance to travel throughout the country visiting multiple schools and teachers’ classrooms. Going to debate tournaments on the weekends to observe secondary students debating all led to my project of sharing Dutch speaking and debate strategies with U.S. teachers.
“Why the Debate? How the Study of Argumentation and Debate Increases Language Proficiency” Summative Report includes:
- Program Experience
- Project Description
- Project Process (Resources, Methods, Participants)
- Relevance & Application
- Field Work while in The Netherlands
- Argument Builder Graphic Organizer (from Argument-Centered Education)
- Final Presentation to the Dutch Ministry of Education
- Working Bibliography
- Moral Development, Social Interactions, and Debate Graphic
- Debate in the Classroom Graphic
- Using Debate to Develop Education & Social Skills Graphic
The Final Project is created as a “script” that is adjustable based on the audience of the professional development seminar. The goal of the Inquiry Project is to transfer what I learned in The Netherlands to helping classroom teachers in the United States. The first opportunity to do so will be at the National Speech & Debate Association’s Education Conference in Denver, Colorado August 24-27. The workshop titled “International Best Practices: Strategies for Teaching Debate to First and Second Language Learners” will share Dutch strategies for teaching English Language Learners. The Fulbright Inquiry Project allows me the flexibility to move in the direction of teaching teachers based on the specific topic.