Support from the Center for South Asia (CSA) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will enable four Wisconsin high school teachers to explore southern India for two weeks this summer to gather fresh knowledge, experiences, and perspectives to share with their students.
“When I survey my students’ prior knowledge about India they almost always refer to northern India,” says Lou Kindschi, who teaches social studies at Oregon High School. “They know of the Taj Mahal and Delhi, but they don’t know about southern India. I am eager to learn as much as I can to expand my existing curriculum and make it more representative and rich.”
The CSA has awarded scholarships to Kindschi and three other educators to cover the program costs for the July 19-August 1 excursion, which the CSA is offering in collaboration with GEEO (Global Exploration for Educators Organization), a non-profit organization that runs travel programs for teachers.
In addition to Kindschi, the participating teachers are: Teri Parris Ford, art teacher at Memorial High School, Madison; Kim Mayer, social studies teacher in Madison’s SAPAR (School Age Parent) Program; and Caitlin Farrell, special education teacher in the Social Studies Department, Middleton High School.
To help the teachers gain the most from the experience, CSA is providing a pre-trip orientation. During the trip, they will be accompanied by Miriam Thangaraj, from the UW–Madison School of Education, along with local guides arranged by GEEO.