21 AAPS staff are now in Singapore, learning, sharing and experiencing the unique Singapore Education System. The Ann Arbor Public Schools is the only school district in the country to benefit from a generous and innovative partnership with Toyota Corporation, which has fully funded this second trip to Singapore to share and explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) initiatives for students and staff. This group of educational leaders are among very few educators to experience such an incredible learning and sharing opportunity and will return to AAPS to pair with the leadership team that visited Singapore last summer to share with their AAPS colleagues techniques and educational initiatives on STEAM and STEM education.
Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift is among the educators in Singapore this week, “I will challenge myself – and our group – to consider the implications of our learning – at both the micro and the macro levels – and how we will individually and collectively maximize our learning, and plan to pay forward this incredible experience”.
Along with Dr. Swift the AAPS group includes Merri Lynn Colligan – Executive Director of Instructional Technology and Information Services, Jenna Bacolor – Executive Director of Community Education and Recreation, Michael Chmura – Media Specialists, Phil Eliason – Math Teacher, Michael Frantzen – Technology & Design Teacher, Amy Furey – Math Teacher, Diana Gordon – Technology Ed Teacher, Laurie Hochrein – Math Teacher, Kristal Jaaskelainen – English Language Arts Teacher, Anthony Lauer – Online and Options Coordinator, Michele Macke – Math Department Chair and Teacher, Cory McElmeel – Principal, Soon Lee Morningstar – Science & Math Teacher, Peter Pasque – Instruction Technology Teacher, Phillip Sanborn – Math & Science Teacher, Amie Snapke – Physical Education & Computer Teacher, Darlene Tankersley – Art Department Chair & Teacher, Marci Tuzinsky – Lead Teacher & Math Teacher, Laura Wayne – Visual Arts & Humanities Teacher and Jennifer Wilkening, Science Teacher.
The AAPS staff landed this past weekend and have begun a whirlwind educational adventure of visiting Singapore Department of Education, schools and classrooms. While in Singapore AAPS staff will be doing presentations on AAPS teaching, learning and curriculum. Singapore staff have learned as much from the AAPS staff as we are learning from them! We expect to host a group of educators from Singapore in the fall.
We will continue to share the education adventures in Singapore over this week and next! Follow their travels on Twitter @a2schools and @A2RecDirect.