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Westlake Academy Hosts Second Annual Educator Symposium

Jul 26, 2016 01:14PM ● By Editorial Intern f

This month, Westlake Academy is hosting its second annual International Mindedness Educator Symposium, an event that encourages global collaboration among students as well as authentic learning experiences that go beyond textbooks and lectures.

At the symposium, scheduled for July 28-30, teachers from Argentina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Oman, Mexico and the U.S. with gather to share their thoughts and experiences to help promote worthwhile educational programs across the world.

Breakout sessions will include keynote speakers Dr. Linda A. Cook, the K-12 Director of Science for the Coppell Independent School District; Bhavani Parpia, founder and President of ConnecTeach, an international nonprofit that is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty; and Mona Nashman-Smith, who has held senior educational leadership positions in schools in North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Last year’s symposium included educators from Costa Rica, Mexico, and Argentina as well as surrounding areas in Texas. The after-effect generated collaboration during the 2015-2016 school year that included “global handshakes” via Skype sessions so students could connect and engage with each other. One project that came out of this partnership was the successful LIMBS International campaign, where students raised money to buy prosthetics for amputees.

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