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International education bursary for staff opens up new learning opportunities

 

 Samantha Conley at the 21st Century Learning - Global Education Leadership Summit in Bangkok, Thailand with conference presenter Nick Janna who is on leave from the OCDSB and presently teaching in Ethiopia

 

OCENET and the OCDSB established the International Education Bursary for OCDSB employees program in 2014-15, and to date over 45 staff have received a bursary to support international learning initiatives. Past issues of Global Connections have featured articles on the experiences of OCDSB staff who have received a bursary. In this issue, the focus is on Grade 6/7 teacher Samantha Conley from Featherston Drive PS who attended the 21st Century Learning - Global Education Leadership Summit this past March in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference was attended by 200 educators from 21 different countries, and it focussed on best practices for innovation in education.
Following keynote speakers and breakout sessions during the day, delegates participated in evening excursions to explore the cultural traditions of Thailand. One of the many highlights of the conference was meeting with teachers from countries such as Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Tanzania, the Middle East, Australia and India, and sharing both similar and different pedagogical ideas.
Ms. Conley was most appreciative of the International Education Bursary program and indicated that without this bursary this unique international learning experience would not have been possible. She found that the bursary application process was simple and that approval of the application was timely. She highly recommends that OCDSB staff interested in pursuing an international education opportunity consider applying:

OCENET INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION BURSARY

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