Berkeley High School’s Student Activities Director Chris Young has won the “Distinguished Award in Teaching” offered by the Fulbright Program within the U.S. Department of State.
To win the award the educator must have at least five years teaching experience and a Master’s in Education. Twelve educators from the U.S. are selected every year to travel abroad and twelve from abroad are selected to come to the US. Each one proposes a three to six month educational action research project. Mr. Young will be funded for a six month project of his design in Argentina from March to August, 2013.
According to Chris, “I will be doing research on ‘Youth Learning and Leadership through Guided Action Research in Community Settings’. In other words, I will be exploring how to most effectively help young people develop academic skills and social leadership abilities through their own self-developed social change projects that address issues or problems in their local to global community.”
Chris started teaching at Berkeley High School as a social studies teacher in 2004 and was one of the lead designers of BIHS and its first lead teacher in 2006-2007. After that he did informal research on peace education in South America in 2008 and helped evaluate and develop a joint microfinance-forest conservation project in Uganda in 2009 before returning to BHS as Director of Student Activities for the 2009-2010 school year.