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Global Teacher Leader Visits Monroe High

Monroe High School faculty and staff continued their staff development series on Wednesday, May 21st with a visit from Julie Van Olden, Union County Public Schools Global Teacher Leader. This was valuable exposure for the Monroe High School educators as Mrs. Van Olden shared her global perspective along with important information about the Global Teacher Leaders program.

Mrs. Van Olden shared her personal story as a member of the global community. Most importantly, she shared practical ways to infuse globalization into instruction in a meaningful and authentic way. Her presentation started with a flag recognition activity in which teachers worked collaboratively to identify the country each flag represents. This was an excellent way to break the ice and it reminded teachers and staff that a simple activity can be used across different content areas to introduce globalization. Teachers played an active role during the presentation sharing ideas about the possible uses for different activities in their classes.

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Sister Schools Enhance Monroe High School’s Participation in the Global Community photo

Sister Schools Enhance Monroe High School’s Participation in the Global Community

Monroe High School strives to strengthen global connections with schools around the world as part of the Global Redhawks’ Focus. Spanish and ESL classes have combined efforts to share cultural and academic heritage with MHS sister schools in Argentina for a third year in a row. Mr. Tejada’s ESL Class, Mrs. Brusa’s Spanish classes and Ms. James’ Spanish classes have participated in the exchange during the 2013-2014 school year.

Students have participated in several Skype exchanges with students from schools in Cordova, Argentina. Students have also collaborated to create a VoiceThread blog where interesting social and cultural issues relevant to both cultures have been explored. The use of technology has enhanced the relationship among the sister schools in Argentina and Monroe High School giving all participants a new way to share and learn. As in the past the exchanges have opened spaces for students to share both academic and social information. At times the exchanges have been purely academic while at times popular culture has been exchanged. For example, Rodrigo Jimenez sang a traditional song from Mexico to students in Argentina. They responded by singing a traditional Argentinean song for the Monroe High School students.

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