ULS Instructor Bevill brings global communities into the classroom; receives grant to inspire students to study abroad

03/28/16

ULS Technology Instructor Jennifer Bevill is one of 50 teachers and school administrators from 27 states and the District of Columbia who has been awarded a portion of $50,000 in grants from The Institute of International Education (IIE) and American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation for her successful integration of global perspectives and exchanges into her classroom.

Bevill and other recipients of the grants will use the IIE AIFS Foundation Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grants to advance collaborations with university study abroad offices, share best practices for globalizing the classroom with colleagues, expand or create new exchange programs with K-12 schools abroad, and advance their own professional development.

The grant application requires innovative activity in the classroom and impact in the community.

Bevill conducted a virtual exchange utilizing digital technology to build cultural understanding  between her class of high school students and high school students in Japan at Odori High School. Both schools collaborated on "The Peace Project,” to relate to each other and bring awareness to issues surrounding peace and tolerance between both groups. The program culminated in 23 students visiting Japan.

The Peace Project, along with her other student excursions, have positively impacted her entire school, further fostering an environment of cultural curiosity through study abroad.

Bevill also finds high schools worldwide to collaborate with and organizes class trips. Through this effort, she has taken students to South Africa, Peru, and Greece, and is currently creating virtual exchanges with schools in New Zealand, Belize, and Australia.

“My impact of discussing my travels, sharing images and videos, students’ experiences, and leading trips for students is evident through the percentage who have decided to study abroad in college. Of the students I have brought abroad who are in college, about 70% have studied abroad and more intend to when they reach their sophomore and junior year in college,” said Bevill.

Bevill has a degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Technology, and 14+ years of teaching experience at the middle and high school level. She currently teaches technology courses in grades 10-12 at the University Laboratory School. She also works with teachers across all disciplines and levels to integrate technology into the curriculum and create interdisciplinary projects. Her passion lies in creating a globally focused generation, culturally mindful, and accepting of differences between individuals. She views herself as a director of the learning environment in which students use technology to collaborate and communicate with the global community to solve problems.

About University Laboratory School

The University Laboratory School was established by the College of Education, now known as the College of Human Sciences & Education, of Louisiana State University and has operated under its auspices for nearly 100 years. This coeducational school exists as an independent system to provide training opportunities for pre- and in-service teachers and to serve as a demonstration and educational research center. The school is located on the main campus of LSU in Baton Rouge.

Visit the University Lab School at www.uhigh.lsu.edu

About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School.

Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at chse.lsu.edu.