Michigan Education Association

International Understanding Commission

Start Date

Six RA elected/staggered terms/2 full consecutive 3 yr. terms



*Lawanda Parker (2011-RA-Reg 6)



Sigrid Grace (2011-RA-Reg 10)



Tonya Dildy (2012-RA-Reg 3)



*John Heilman (2012-RA-Reg 2)



Heather Bartlett (2013-RA-Reg 6)



Judy Gail Armstrong-Hall (2013-RA-Reg 7)

Vice Chair

Start Date

Three Board appointed/staggered terms/2 full consecutive 3 yr. terms



Silvia Walton (2011-BD-Reg 5)



Therese Lake (2012-BD-Reg 8)



Deborah Martin (2013-BD-Reg 12)


Start Date

Up to (3)  MEA Board member/2 full consecutive 3 yr. terms



Michelle Chase (2011-BdM-Reg 14)



Joe Nazem (2011-BdM-Reg 7)



Troy Beasley (2013-BdM-Reg 7)


Start Date

One NEA Director/2 full consecutive 3 yr. terms



Eric Minore (2013-NEA Dir-Reg 10)


Start Date




Anne Good (2011-MEA-Retired)



Michael Card (2011-SMEA)



Peter Badry (2011-MAHE – Reg 6)


Staff Liaison

Melissa Sortman


 * An election for these positions will be held at the Spring RA

2010-11 Charge:

To help ensure that the education of our students and the working environments of our members are of the highest quality.

To help develop local capacity by the identification and development of strategies and policies that build on our diversity, and cultural competency.

Commission Charge: To promote global understanding through respect for diversity, interdependence, and leadership to improve teaching and learning for all people.

The commission will:
Identify, review and recommend professional development and instructional resources for use in combating bias or discrimination while enhancing cultural competency.

Identify, review, recommend and support professional development and opportunities for students to learn about the educational policies, programs and practices of other countries/nations.

Assist in planning the association’s recognition of National Multicultural Diversity Day with emphasis on teaching and learning.

Delegate a representative to advise and assist in the planning of the Human Rights/Excellence Awards Banquet.

Manage the selection and award process for MEA Elizabeth Siddall Award, and submit a nomination for:  the NEA Applegate/Dorros Peace Award; and the David McMahon Award.

Explore future electronic newsletters.

Helpful links:

NEA Diversity Calendar  -- 
A comprehensive list of events observed by the diverse people of the United States.

NEA Grants and Awards -- 
Opportunities for educators, students, schools and communities.

Council on Foreign Relations Publications
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

OESE-Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
This website offers links to legislation, Federal Register Notices, Policy Guidance, and Grant Applications for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 as well asprograms still being implemented under the Improving America's Schools Act are also on this site.

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network)
iEARN is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.

United Nations CyberSchoolbus
This web site is the United Nations Global Teaching and Learning Project that provides teacher resources on human rights, global citizenship, world environment and much more.

Teach Global
The Teach Global courses and resources have been developed to support primary and secondary teachers wanting to extend their teaching of the global dimension through all aspects of school life.

Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership
Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership applies a unique and sustainable approach for bringing information to underserved communities: through Learning Centers. Learning Centers are locally-managed, television-based media hubs, located primarily in existing schools and equipped to meet the area's educational needs.

International Study and Overseas Teaching Resources
The National Education Association believes that teachers and students benefit when teachers participate in teacher exchange programs. Voluntary teacher exchange programs should be cooperatively established with governing boards to offer such programs within and among the states, schools of federal agencies within and outside the United States, and agencies abroad.

The Center for Global Education
Speakers address how their own study abroad experiences helped them create global awareness, and/or how study abroad in general can help other students create global awareness.

Opportunities for Teachers Listserv—current information on professional development in the US and abroad.  To join, contact Sylvia Meloche, meloches@umich.edu.


Updated: November 18, 2010 10:20 AM