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S. Kay Gandy
S. Kay Gandy is a professor in the School of Teacher Education at Western Kentucky University. She also serves as state coordinator for the Kentucky Geographic Alliance and serves on the Preservice Teacher Task Force with the National Geographic Society.
Kay was the recipient of a 2003 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program to South Africa entitled Heritage and Humanity: Exploring the Origins of Art, Culture and Human Behavior in Africa. Participants traveled around the country to explore how each of the native peoples were represented through art, music, dance, monuments, and memorials.
Dr. Gandy also co-authored a $70,000 Fulbright Group Projects Abroad grant in 2006 with a colleague from Illinois State University (Darrell Kruger). Drs. Gandy and Kruger took 11 secondary and middle school social studies teachers to South Africa for a month in July.This seminar, entitled Understanding South Africa Through Reconciliation, Segregation, and Creolization, provided an introduction to the historical geography of South Africa from the past to the present through lectures, fieldtrips, and museum visits focusing on reconciliation, segregation, and creolization. The program hoped to strengthen teachers' geography and history content knowledge of South Africa by specifically making connections prior to and during the seminar to help teachers develop comparative South Africa-United States units focusing on the theme. The program expanded teachers' knowledge of multicultural and diversity issues which could be implemented into their existing curricula. Finally the information was disseminated through standards-based curriculum materials through: (a) presentations at the National Council for Geographic Education conference in Lake Tahoe, (b) postings on the National Geographic Education Foundation's Xpeditions website and on the Illinois and Kentucky Geographic Alliance websites, and (c) pre- and in-service workshops sponsored by the Illinois and Kentucky Geographic Alliances.
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