3rd annual GTI Axis Summit a true success!

 

Teachers from Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, Palm Beach, FL, and from San Francisco, CA traveled from the United States to South Africa at the end of July to lead workshops and participate in inspirational educational discussions. Each of them then traveled to various schools within the LEAP school system, to work with teachers on professional development and curriculum planning.

Read more about these teachers participating in this year’s educator exchange (2017 Teach With Africa Bios).

Quotes and messages from the Fellows after the Global Teachers Summit and prior to their school placements:

Stephanie Hayden (SH):

Maren Anderson: What are your impressions after these four days of this educators summit? What have you taken away?
SH: “I looked at the Summit schedule from last year, and compared it to other conferences I’ve gone to in the past. I thought that this summit was very novel because the teachers we hosted in our workshops were wanting more, and it’s not that they are lacking the prerequisites, but they are lacking on the ‘how to.’ By having this summit, we are making sure that after the 23 years of the Bantu Education Act, that the teachers are ready to meet the world, and the world is ready to meet them. We want them to impact on the educators, who may not have access to resources, that they are able to fulfill their dreams and fulfill the dreams of their learners.”

Maren Anderson: What are you looking forward to in your school placement?
SH: “I am looking forward to learning from them, and sharing with them whatever I can, and to collaboration and partnership with them

Kim Harper (KH):

Maren Anderson: What are your impressions after these four days of this educators summit? What have you taken away?
KH: “The summit was positive, engaging, and the work rigorous. What we asked the Aspiring Teachers to do was rigorous.”

Maren Anderson: What are you looking forward to in your school placement?
KH: “I am looking forward to a continuation of this professional learning mindset.  Using the energy from the Summit and taking it back to my LEAP placement (LEAP 5- Alexandra), and to be a resource to remind them of what was here. I want to help remind them their commitment to what they learned.”

Clifford Sykes (CS):

Marjorie Schlenoff: We are honored to have Clifford Sykes on his second educational exchange with us. Here are some of his comments on the exchange.
CS: “I am the one who is honored- to be accepted two years to assist in a work that is to urgent and important. Thank [you] for giving me an opportunity. As I said to the staff at LEAP 6 this week, it is my most fervent desire that when I leave, that my presence will have been meaningful to the staff and inspirational and challenging to the learners.”

 

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