PHS students attend Global Youth Seminar

Plymouth High School sent a contingent to the first Global Youth Summit held recently in Madison.

Four PHS students, Spanish teacher Laura Koebel and German teacher Sandy Nicholson attended the event Feb. 23 with students from nearly 20 high schools across the state.

PHS added a Global Studies Certificate last year and could serve as an example as the Department of Public Instruction creates a similar certificate for the state, which hopefully will be officially recognized by colleges, Mrs. Koebel said.

“Such a certificate on a student’s transcript would go a long way toward honoring and strengthening global education opportunities in our schools,” said Gilles Bousquet, interim chancellor at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

During the full-day summit, more than 80 public and private high-schoolers worked with University of Wisconsin-Madison students involved in the Adventure Learning Programs on international activities. International Reach students facilitated small-group discussions on what it means to be a global citizen and what students can do to expand global education. Students also learned a few words and phrases of another language during an activity facilitated by the UW-Madison Language Institute.

The 40 teachers and chaperones who accompanied the high school students attended a separate day of activities.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction hosted the event in cooperation with Global Wisconsin Inc., International Professionals

Inc., the Division of International Studies at UW-Madison and the State Superintendent’s Statewide International Education Council, chaired by Bousquet.

Schools sending teams of students and teachers to the event include: Appleton North, Black River Falls, Green Bay Preble, Janesville Academy for International Studies, Jefferson, La Crosse Central, Lake Mills, Madison Country Day School, Madison East, Madison West, Manitowoc Lincoln, Marshfield, Menasha, Mukwonago, Muskego, Plymouth, St. Francis, Valders Area, Watertown, Wausau West and Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam.

Next year’s Global Youth Summit will be held Feb. 22, 2014, at the UW-Milwaukee.

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