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Singapore Teachers Sharing Techniques With Ann Arbor Educators During Visit

Nov 18, 2014

An exchange program bringing together educators from Ann Arbor and Singapore is letting the districts learn from each other.  An 11 day visit by teachers from the Southeast Asian island country wraps up Thursday.

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The program, fully funded by Toyota, is a chance for the districts to share Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics lessons, and projects. This summer a group of Ann Arbor teachers and administrators visited Singapore to see how STEAM programs are taught there.

Superintendent Jeanice Swift. "We know that's some of the best development anywhere is when you put master teachers together and let them share practices and support each other," Swift says.

Ann Arbor schools began the conversion of Northside Elementary this fall to a K-8 STEAM Academy.

Swift says the primary focus remains on STEAM, but educators from Singapore are also interested in learning about Ann Arbor's reading apprenticeship, performance arts, and rec and ed programs.

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