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North Fulton Schools to host South Korean teachers in education exchange program


Korean vice minister for education also to visit Fulton Schools


March 27, 2013
NORTH FULTON, Ga. Five North Fulton schools will play host to 12 master teachers from South Korea for a teaching exchange program sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education and the Korean Ministry of Education Science and Technology.

Beginning March 25, State Bridge Crossing Elementary, Wilson Creek Elementary, River Trail Middle, Johns Creek High and Northview High will participate in the eight-week program to offer South Korean educators the opportunity to improve their English and class management skills in an education environment.

A spokesman for the Georgia DOE said the five Johns Creek schools were selected based on their high enrollment of Korean students.

"The initial focus of the Korean government was on the schools that had a measurable population of Korean students," said Matt Cardoza, communications director for the GDOE.

The Korean teachers will teach in various grades and subjects alongside a Fulton County teacher, who will act as a mentor and provide instructional feedback and guidance, said a Fulton Schools spokesperson. Several of Fulton's mentor teachers also will have a chance to visit Korea this summer as part of the U.S.-South Korea partnership.

The start of the exchange program coincides with a visit from Korean Vice Minister of Education Ha Tae-Yun, who will be in Atlanta on March 25-26 to meet with state and local school leaders. His visit includes a meeting with Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa and trips to schools where the exchange teachers will work.

"Having the opportunity to meet the vice minister and host these teachers in our schools is a tremendous opportunity and experience," said Avossa. "It will give both of our countries a deeper understanding of each other's educational systems. There is much we can learn from each other."

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