Friday, October 16, 2015

A Model for Educational Leadership

GUEST BLOGGER:  Kevin Miller
Supervisor of the Janesville International Education Program

On Thursday, September 23, Dr. Carolyn Kelley, Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, along with five Chinese students in the Masters program visited with members of the Janesville International Education Program (JIEP). They met with Kevin Miller, Dr. Karen Schulte, Dr. Robert Smiley, Mr. Kevin Leavy, and Stephanie Ulloa, a new volunteer with JIEP and recent graduate of UW- Madison specializing in Asian studies.

The goal of their visit was to learn from the School District of Janesville about our international education and the recruitment models for the JIEP program and to discuss how international students benefit the SDJ students. They have also requested workshops in the future to analyze our model program that they are hearing so much of.
The Masters students are from Shanghai, Fujian, Henan, and Dalian.  Their mission is to create, evaluate, educate, and apply knowledge about leadership, learning, and organizational performance to prepare scholars and scholar practitioners who cultivate equity and educational opportunity in the diverse and changing world.

Kevin Miller, Supervisor for JIEP, stated “It is exciting to see how the School District of Janesville is growing its reputation as a leader in global education and understanding.  Having a Tier 1 School like UW-Madison visit us is a clear example of how we are providing our students a competitive edge in international education providing greater student achievement and college and career readiness in a competitive global market.”

The Masters students were excited about SDJ and returned on October 6 to visit Lincoln Elementary school to observe personalized learning, Marshall Middle School to observe SDJ students learning Chinese, and Craig High School to see telepresence technology in action.

Also JIEP welcomes their newest volunteer, Stephanie Ulloa.  Stephanie is a recent graduate (2014) of UW-Madison with a double major in Japanese and East Asian Studies, and has earned a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching Adults) from the prestigious Cambridge University. She studied at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan during her senior year at UW-Madison. Stephanie wanted to get involved with JIEP to offer her expertise helping broaden the F-1 student population to include Japan.

Stephanie enjoys working with international program students to help student achievement at SDJ, promote global understanding, and help our Janesville students with college and career readiness.In her spare time Stephanie enjoys reading and translating Japanese novels and in the future plans on becoming an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in Japan.

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