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International Mindedness Presentation 2017 08-07-17International Mindedness @ Westlake Academy Dr. Mechelle Bryson, Mr. Rod Harding & Ms. Maru Busico-Flight Board of Trustees Meeting August 7, 2017 International Mindedness Our vast world is becoming smaller and flatter with every tweet, post, text and Skype. The ability to communicate instantaneously has irrevocably changed our way of life. Today, our accessibility to the world through innovations in communication and technology is creating an increasingly smaller, flatter planet. Through these innovations, we are able to virtually transport ourselves to any place on the globe, making the world truly our world. Albert Einstein wrote, “Our separation from each other is an optical illusion of consciousness.” Thus, it can be said that our interconnectivity is inevitable. -Bryson International Mindedness Activities Student Exchange Programs Teacher Exchange Program Language Immersion Program International Student Leadership Program International Student Travel Centered on Service International Mindedness Educator Symposium Student Exchange Programs Argentina Costa Rica Canada Teacher Exchange Program Summer Language Immersion Summer Language Immersion International Student Leadership Program Westlake Is Hosting the ISLS March 20 -28 Partnering with Deloitte Planning Team will comprise of Grade 10, 11 and 12 Students Detailed Presentation at September BOT Student Shoulder to Shoulder Six Students Participated Students Traveled to: Tibet (3) Kenya (2) South Dakota SStS’s role in WA’s International Mindedness IMES Designed To… Deepen WA’s understanding of International Mindedness Build a pathway to global collaboration Provide authentic international learning experiences Form a professional network committed to global collaboration and “Future Ready” students Model the IB Learner Profile for the WA community Countries In Attendance Monterey, Mexico San Miguel, Mexico Argentina Costa Rica Canada Westlake, Texas Global Participation New Philosophy We cultivate 10 partnering schools Each School Sends 2 to 3 participants We award each school a scholarship to attend We raise 10 $1,000 scholarships We focus on sustaining these relationships Thank You Hudson Foundation Stoltenberg Family