Wednesday, June 27, 2007 CSD mts MOE
Today we had a wonderful experience here at Cooperating School Districts. A group from the Ministry of Education in Singapore visited our offices in St. Louis, Missouri today to learn about what we do, and we learned about their work. It was a great meeting! Six Singapore delegates, including Angeline, Das, Daphne, Mooi, Rabi’ah and Tay learned about the various services CSD offers St. Louis area schools. Interestingly, there are about 300,000 students CSD reaches, which is roughly the same number of students in Singapore. We discussed intergrating technology into our respective classrooms, videoconferencing, funding, and enrichment programs. Each of CSD’s divisions were represented at the 3 hour meeting, including professional development, legislative/ communications, and business services. MOE representatives specialized in specific curriculums, like language and computers. We had lunch and continued our exchange, though we moved away from education discussions to talk about cuisine, housing, transportation and languages. We’re very much looking forward to future collaborations and hope to make a trip Singapore ourselves! Our friends from MOE left us with some great merlion items and a token of techonology- a wireless mouse! Thanks again.