South Milwaukee educator Donna Cuyler is a 2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow

From the NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation named Donna Cuyler, an art educator at South Milwaukee High School and a WEAC Region 7 member, as one of the 48 public school educators to become a member of this year’s class of Global Learning Fellows. Cuyler will spend a year building global competency skills (the capacity to understand and act on issues of global significance).

As a result of the Fellowship, Cuyler will be better equipped to prepare students for global citizenship. Fellows also create valuable global lesson plans for their students that are freely shared with educators across the nation and the world through open-source platforms.

“The more that students experience varieties of art and design, and the more that they hear each other’s perspectives, the more every student becomes a more critical and empathetic viewer,” says Cuyler. She will use the Fellowship to bring new perspectives to her students.

This class of Fellows was selected from more than 400 applicants from across the country. These new Fellows teach all grade levels – and all subjects: from visual and performing arts to agri-science, vocational studies to history. They come from rural, suburban, and urban schools. They are National Board Certified, curriculum coaches, IB coordinators, foreign language speakers, and more. Some have participated in similar programs, and some have never traveled abroad. The diverse cohort will allow educators to learn from each other and bring global perspectives to a wide range of students.

“We believe that educators are the key to giving students the skills to thrive in an interconnected world,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “We created the Global Learning Fellowship to provide professional development in teaching global competencies and to support educators as they integrate these skills into classroom instruction.”

Over the course of a year, the NEA Foundation staff, partners, and field experts will support Cuyler as she immerses herself in online coursework, webinars, and collegial study, including a two-day professional development workshop this fall and a nine-day international field study next summer, bringing the full cohort together with experts in global learning.

Past Global Learning Fellows have completed online learning focused on integrating global content into their core instruction. They created more than 70 global-focused, K-12 inquiry-based lessons which can replicated. Download these free, global lesson plans, and find additional lessons on Get to know all of the 2018 NEA Foundation Learning Fellows by visiting

The NEA Foundation will accept applications for the 2019 Global Learning Fellowship this fall.