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Vol. 46, No. 76
October 18, 2012

Board of Education Adopts International Education Week Resolution

The State Board of Education adopted a resolution Tuesday in support of International Education Week, Nov. 12-16, to promote the importance of preparing Missouri students for a global environment.

International Education Week is sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. The theme for this year's event is "International Education: Striving for a Healthier Future Worldwide."

"As the world's societies and economies become increasingly interdependent, international education is an economic necessity for our country and our state," said Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro. "Providing students with the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to compete globally for the jobs of the future has never been more important."

The Board resolution encourages local school districts across Missouri to celebrate International Education Week and provide students with opportunities to learn about other countries and cultures through foreign language, world history, social studies, and geography classes and technology that can connect students with people throughout the world.

"Our education system must offer a more global view to help students better understand and fully participate in our rapidly evolving world not only as workers but as citizens and leaders," Nicastro said.

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State began celebrating International Education Week in 2000 with the goal of encouraging students to find global success through international education and international engagement.