Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is becoming more of a global community every year. Just in the past two years, Mt. Vernon has made advancements by connecting with schools all over the world including China, Taiwan, Germany, Spain, and South Korea. Currently, a group of teachers from Anshan, China are at Mt. Vernon to learn more about MVCSC so that they can send their students to Mt. Vernon in the future.
Last year, Mt. Vernon’s administrators met educators from Anshan at the Global Education Forum held in Kokomo, Indiana. This year, the Global Education Forum was held in Taiwan. Mt. Vernon administration and teaching staff traveled to Taiwan and presented on elementary and secondary education in America. Connections were kept throughout the years and planswere organized for the Anshan teachers to visit Indiana for two weeks to learn about Mt. Vernon and the exchange program. While in Indiana, they are taking the opportunity to do some tourist activities as well. So far they have visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art, shopped at the Edinburgh Mall, went to a Pacer’s game, and many other fun activities.
The educators have visited several classrooms and are very impressed with Mt. Vernon’s hard working teachers and students. Students learn differently in America than how students learn in China. It was a great experience for them to see American education at Mt. Vernon and learn programming and leadership skills for their own classrooms in China.
Mr. Wang Jin, Vice Principal of No. 13 Senior High in Anshan stated, “I come here for the change of program and to gain experience on management, teacher and student management. I want to finish the exchange program and build up the relationship with principals, teachers and students.”
Ma June is an English teacher at the No. 13 Senior High in Anshan, China. She shared, “As an observer, I went to many classrooms and want to see what materials they use: internet, textbooks and their teaching method. I am interested in especially the second language teaching acquisition in the classroom (French, Spanish classrooms). Most interesting to me is teachers stay in same classroom and the students move. I watched classrooms where teachers do programming at different levels in one classroom. That is different from China. Also, the management here is very high level.”
In the future, Mt. Vernon High School Principal, Greg Roach, hopes to send students from Mt. Vernon to China so they can experience different cultures. “I hope we are able to develop our relationship with the high schools in Anshan and they send students to visit us in the future. I also hope we are able to send students to Anshan in the future,” he said.
Mt. Vernon is taking significant steps to give its students the best learning opportunities possible and preparing them for today's increasingly interconnected world.