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Jane Pirie Travels to Rwanda as Brookwood's 2013 Exchange Educator

In 2013, Brookwood's Athletic Director Jane Pirie spent two-weeks at the FAWE Girls' School, Gisozi in Kigali, Rwanda. As the second Exchange Educator to visit the FAWE, School Jane follows Brookwood's Director of Technology Doug Fodeman, who traveled there in 2012, the inaugural year of the project.  The relationship with FAWE began when Martha Fox, Dodge Writing Center Director/Global Initiatives Coordinator, and Rich Lehrer, Grade Eight science teacher, visited the school as a part of a SEVEN Fund sponsored trip to the country.

To read about Jane's experiences visit: The Global Classroom.

Brookwood and FAWE established the reciprocal exchange program with the aims of developing cultural competence skills in the schools' communities. From its planning through the two-week teacher visits, the Educator Exchange program has established pathways of communication and connected students and teachers to one another all toward boosting experiential problem-solving for authentic common purposes.

For Brookwood, the Educator Exchange program is one piece of a dynamic look to the future.

"Brookwood’s recent, innovative Strategic Plan, Today. Tomorrow. Together, directs us to ‘take down the walls’ of the school by intensifying global education efforts,” says Head of School John Peterman. “At Brookwood we are acutely aware that we must prepare students for citizenship in a profoundly interconnected and fluid world. What happens in Louisiana, Japan, Syria, and South Sudan impacts us just as it does our global neighbors. We know that life in this century demands of our students new technology, language, and media literacies, and cultural competence skills. As we teach those, we deliberately encourage in our young people the qualities of flexibility, open-mindedness, and resilience.

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