St. Bonaventure University will host four school administrators and an author from Brazil beginning April 4 to participate in a weeklong series of workshops on school leadership.
The workshops will be held on campus and at several area schools, including Allegany-Limestone, Archbishop Walsh Academy, Ellicottville, Olean and Scio. Workshop topics include the American School, Technology in Schools, STEM/STEAM Education, Differentiated Instruction and School Leadership.
The “To BE International Initiative” — BE stands for Brazilian Educators — is a collaborative program between St. Bonaventure and Liaison America to bring groups of educators from private schools in Brazil to the United States to learn about the American education system, curriculum, supervision and management.
The program is part of the university’s comprehensive plan to increase international enrollments, in this case by building relationships with Brazilian schools and educators.
The Brazilian educators will also be sharing Brazilian culture with American educators and local schools to develop respect and appreciation for other cultures and educational systems.
Participants will also visit Niagara Falls, the Seneca Museum in Salamanca, the Challenger Center, and local shops and restaurants.
The local Rotary Club will welcome the group at its regular monthly meeting on April 5 to exchange flags and friendships across the Rotary membership. Program participants will also tour New York City at the end of their stay in the U.S. before returning to Brazil.
Future plans of the To BE initiative include additional school administrator visits from Brazil; a contingent of Brazilian classroom teachers who will participate in similar workshops focusing on how teachers are trained in U.S. teacher preparation programs; and visits to local schools to work with practicing teachers.
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