Saturday, April 24, 2010

South African Educators Visit Classrooms

Economic education in Fayette County is highly revered throughout the state. The county’s students are among the highest scorers in the subject on state mandated exams and regularly win competitions that test their content knowledge. Their teachers are often recognized for their work, too, through awards, invitations to speak at conferences and participation in travel study groups.

Fayette County’s economic program is receiving yet another accolade. Four educators from South Africa visited the school system the week of April 20 as part of a five-day study tour on economic education in Georgia; two of their days were spent visiting schools in Fayette.

Teachers Shelby Garner at Spring Hill Elementary, Mark DeCourcy and Michael Melvin, both at Starr’s Mill High, and Chris Cannon at Sandy Creek High hosted the visiting in educators in their classrooms. The visitors observed as the teachers taught lessons on economics.

The South African educators, two from the Western Cape Education Department and two from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, are participants in the Georgia Council on Economic Education’s “Training of Trainers” program. They are visiting the United States to learn more about the delivery of economic education programs in different parts of the country so they can go back to South Africa and share successful ideas with fellow educators. Following their Georgia visit, the educators traveled to Arkansas.

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