The Bay Area Writing Project recently had the honor of hosting educational leaders from Zimbabwe as they participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program through the U.S. Department of State.
This program brought eight principals and vice principals from eight highly regarded public and private high schools across Zimbabwe to the U.S. to examine educational administration in U.S. secondary education.
Before traveling to the Bay Area, they visited Philadelphia (focus: U.S Federalism: How the educational system operates at the federal, state, and local levels; high School site visits – private schools and public magnets; and specialty high school curricula- college prep, law and democracy, STEM.), Chicago (focus: Principal shadowing, Role of teacher unions, Role of the Board of Education, Teacher training), and Freeport, Illinois (focus: Rural High School, School District management, NGO work in bridging the achievement gap).
The focus in the Bay Area was on public charter schools, and training for principals and teachers.
Dr. Jabari Mahiri (Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education), Stanley Pesick (Associate Director of Professional Development, Bay Area Writing Project, Rebekah Caplan (Associate Director of Professional Development, Bay Area Writing Project) and the Zimbabwe delegates met to discuss teacher training programs and the importance of developing good writing skills across the disciplines.