WEST creates partnership between Hoosier and English Schools
A partnership that WEST has orchestrated between a middle school in Bloomington, Indiana and Hampshire, England was highlighted yesterday on the front page of the local newspaper, The Herald-Times (“Batchelor students to make trans-Atlantic ties”). WEST will be helping Batchelor Middle School and Bourne Community College in Hampshire, England create a trans-Atlantic blog where students from the two schools will discuss human rights issues and different perspectives on the topic in the two countries.
This project exemplifies one of WEST’s core missions to bring Western Europe to schools across the United States. WEST annually sponsors workshops for middle and high school teachers about various topics such as language pedagogy and the European Union. WEST also offers teachers the chance to bring a West European expert to their classroom either through personal visits to schools near Bloomington or else through videoconference via the award-winning International Studies in Schools (ISIS). All of these activities help increase understanding of Western Europe in the US.
This project was created through contacts that WEST had created with its partners through other programs. WEST had first met Bourne Community College deputy head teacher, Graham Wigley, through its partnership with the IU School of Education. During the same period, WEST had worked with a group that attended the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which included students and teacher Jeff Rudkin from Batchelor Middle School. WEST looks forward to building these ties between Batchelor and Bourne and hopes that it will lead to other opportunities for students to learn about our region.
For more information on the trans-Atlantic blog, please visit the B-TV, Batchelor Middle School’s group that is organizing the Indiana side of this project.