Will Griffin, DoDEA Europe Public Affairs
Brunssum, The Netherlands | May 13, 2016
SEMBACH, Germany –May 13, 2016 –Educators at AFNORTH International School in the Netherlands recently held an International Educators' Day, bringing together faculty from the four NATO-member component nations to experience an "international education for the mind, body and soul." A unique member of DoDEA Europe schools, AFNORTH International School is an educational institution that brings together military-connected students from the United States, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom with coordinated oversight from an international board of governors.
The International Educators' Day was an opportunity for faculty from each of the national sections to come together and share professional fellowship, best practices and build on intercultural competencies to best serve the students they teach. Instructors from across the school presented on topics that were intended to foster a broader understanding of teaching methodologies and instill collaborative practices among faculty members.
Educators in attendance were enthusiastic about the results.
"[I'm] always happy about these events if there is something I can take and start using right away, and that was definitely the case," said Brian Quinn, and Middle/High School counselor in the Canadian section.
Sessions on incorporating technology in the classroom and the latest interdisciplinary approaches were interspersed with seminars on yoga, functional fitness and hip-hop line dancing to reinforce the holistic "mind, body and soul" approach to the day's events.
In addition, the AFNORTH IS faculty received briefings on the Dutch school system and new developments in teaching at a German school.
Throughout the day, the emphasis on making cross-cultural connections was well-received.
"This is what internationalism is all about –meeting new people and discovering their talents and passions," said Cindy Gehrmann, a reading specialist in the U.S. Elementary section.