Latin American Educators Visit WMS
LATIN AMERICAN EDUCATORS VISIT WELLS MIDDLE SCHOOL
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, a group of over 30 educators from Latin America visited Wells Middle School to understand how the site uses Google technology to improve classroom experiences and educational outcomes. Educators from Peru, Guatemala, Equador, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Mexico engaged with Wells Principal, Dr. Ean Ainsworth, DUSD CTO, Traci Bonde, and over a dozen Leadership students.
Dublin is one of just over 200 "Google for Education Reference Districts" in the world. These districts demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology, including G Suite for Education and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes.
Principal Ainsworth and CTO Bonde gave an overview of how the school leverages technology to elevate the learning experience, as well as the challenges and opportunities educators face in a 21st-century teaching environment. Leadership students then provided a tour of campus, including stops in various classes.
While interested in how WMS uses technology, the group was equally interested in the Character efforts at the school and were impressed with how openly topics like depression, anxiety, bullying, and body image are discussed on campus.
As a reference district, Dublin has agreed to connect with other schools and educators interested in using Google's products in their classroom. The district provides advice on everything from professional development to device deployment best practices.
Earlier in the school year, a group from Hong Kong visited Dublin Elementary school as part of the Google reference program.