Area woman gets State Department fellowship

Mary Pat Cumming hosts three Brazilian educators this month

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mary Pat Cumming of Lake Elmo is one of 10 educations from the U.S. who have been awarded fellowships from the U.S. Department of State to participate in the Educational Seminar: 2012-2013 Brazil Administrator Exchange Program.

From Oct. 13 through Nov. 1, Cumming will host Sandra Eliete Maffocioli Reckziegel, Vanda Rossi Luchesi, and Kellin Karina Kreusch Knaul at FAIR School in downtown, Minneapolis.

Cumming, who has been awarded the fellowship for the second time, will travel to Brazil for two weeks in the summer for the reciprocal component of this exchange. In 2007, Cumming participated in the exchange program with Argentina.

The Educational Seminar: 2012 – 2013 Brazil Administrator Exchange Program is a short-term, mutual exchange opportunity for U.S. and Brazil school principals. The program provides a professional development opportunity for U.S. and Brazil educators to share best practices on issues of mutual interest to their schools, students and communities.

The Brazil educators spend three weeks in U.S. schools with their U.S. partners this month and the U.S. educators travel to Brazil for two weeks the following summer to their partners’ schools.

The program is individualized through collaboration between partners and focuses on teaching strategies/instruction, the development of joint educational projects, personnel administration, school systems and management, global issues and culture, curriculum development, student affairs, and/or educational policy.

The Educational Seminar Programs are funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world through academic, cultural, and professional exchanges.

Currently, Educational Seminars are administered with Argentina, Brazil, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, Thailand and Uruguay. The program is implemented by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS (