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Vol. 45, No. 92
Oct. 19, 2011

Missouri Summit Will Spotlight Global Education

International Education Week is Nov. 14-18


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State education officials want Missouri students to be ready for a global environment.  As a result, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is taking steps to strengthen and promote awareness of international education opportunities in K-12 schools.

“We need to provide all of our children with educational opportunities that will enable them to succeed in a globally competitive economy,” said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro.  “An outstanding education means our students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed when they graduate.  Developing an understanding of local and global issues is more important than ever.”

The State Board of Education adopted a resolution during its meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 18) to encourage school districts to celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 14-18.

Nicastro also announced the Department has received a $10,000 grant to promote international education statewide. The grant from the Virginia-based Longview Foundation will provide the Department with funding to host a one-day summit focused on strengthening international education opportunities in Missouri’s K-12 public schools.

In preparation of the summit, Nicastro said the Department is in the beginning stages of building strategic partnerships with businesses, higher education, legislators and educators across the state that can raise the bar on students’ worldwide understanding, knowledge and perspective.

The summit will enable the Department to make significant headway in long-term planning.  Such plans could include promoting student participation in foreign language programs, as well as providing professional development to help educators develop strategies to increase students’ global perspective.  Other activities could encourage teacher and student participation in exchange programs.

The commissioner’s office is now working on the details for the one-day summit, which is expected to be held at a mid-state location in early January.