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Study Abroad this Summer | Teacher Tour of Turkey

The Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America have developed a three-part program on Turkey, with a special emphasis on Turkish culture- modern and historic- to American students and teachers.

The first part of the program is a workshop for teachers taking place March 8, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Interested educators must attend the Saturday seminar in order to participate in the Study Tour of Turkey, the second part of the program.  The St. Louis group’s Study Tour consists of a 12-day stay in Turkey during the summer of 2014, and will also include about 55 teachers from other parts of the country.  The third and final portion is during the fall of 2014, and consists of programs highlighting Turkish culture and history. Study Tour teachers are expected to participate in developing these programs.

The March 8 workshop at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is free, and includes lunch and parking fees. Prior registration is required. To be eligible to apply for the Study Tour in Turkey this summer, teachers must meet the following criteria:

• Currently employed full-time as a classroom humanities, art, or literature teacher, media specialist or principal for grades 6-12 in the St. Louis area (or bordering region) and will be employed full-time as a classroom teacher, media specialist or principal in grades 6-12 next year
• Possess a valid U.S. passport and/or ability to acquire a U.S. passport upon notification of acceptance for the trip
• Provide the $800 registration fee toward the cost of the trip, and travel to Chicago at your own expense. In addition to these expenses, teachers are advised by the Turkish Cultural Foundation to budget approximately $100 for tips to guides and drivers and approximately $25 for visa fees
• Not resided in or traveled to Turkey during the past seven years

For more information about this program or to register for the preliminary seminar, please contact the World Affairs Council of St. Louis at (314) 727-9988 .

VLC Spotlight: Martha Bogart

Did you know that Martha Bogart has worked as a Program Coordinator and Instructional Technology Specialist for the Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis since 1999? In the Virtual Learning Center, she provides technology integration professional development to area educators. Her goal is to create virtual learning communities and help teachers be the best that they can be. Martha is SMART Certified in both PC and Mac and also in SMART Response.

She has previously worked for the St. Louis Community College as the Director of Supplemental Instruction, an academic support program, and she taught English Composition for nine years at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis. Martha graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in English and from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.Ed. in Secondary Reading.

Martha’s favorite movie is Annie Hall (just ask her about the scenes where Christopher Walken and Woody Allen interact). Martha also likes to read fiction, her latest read was The Warmth of Other Suns about the African American migration from the South to the North from 1870-1970. She says it’s a long book, but a great read.  She also just finished Every Last Thing by Anna Quindlan.

Martha is teaching several tele classes this summer, including the SMART sessions, the Moodle class, Creating Technology-Rich Lessons to Increase Student Achievement, and Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works.