Superintendent Wright Learns in Switzerland
Superintendent Bo Wright went on a learning tour of Switzerland!
Wright received a scholarship from the New York State Council of School Superintendents to travel to Europe and participate in a professional learning tour and global summit this week. He traveled in July with 20 superintendents from New York and Ohio.
The group networked, shared challenges and opportunities from their school districts and states, and learned as they visit important Swiss sites. They traveled 12,000 feet up to see the inside of a glacier, spent time in historic Lucerne, and visited a library at the University of Lusanne. They also toured the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology to learn about the latest concepts in learning space and will tour EPFL, which is one of Europe's most famous science and technology institutions.
Wright also joined teachers and 2,500 students from North America and Europe for a leadership conference. They heard and learn from world-renowned speakers regarding "The Power of Communication," attended expert-led workshops, and helped students develop skills like creativity and collaboration as they work in small international teams to propose solutions to global communication challenges.
Participants were tasked with answering these questions: How can we use the many communication channels available today to better express ourselves and relate to one another? How can we take what we learn home and integrate it in our school districts?
"As superintendent of one of the most diverse districts in our region, this is an incredible opportunity to experience other cultures, share best practices, and advance ideas in support of global education," Wright says. "The international challenges of today and tomorrow require that we learn from one another to better prepare our students to lead lives of consequence in the modern world. I am thrilled to be a part of this conversation!"
(Special thanks to Chuck Dedrick, executive director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, for sharing these great photos!)