HIGH POINT, N.C., July 2, 2014 – Dr. Shirley Disseler, assistant professor of elementary, middle grades and STEM in the School of Education at High Point University, recently traveled to Bogota, Colombia to share 21st century teaching strategies at an international conference.
The National Training Conference of Colombia (SENA) invited her to speak during “Gran Foro por la Educación: Colombia 2025,” a discussion of the challenges the country’s education system faces as it strives to become the most educated nation in Latin America by 2025.
Disseler shared her experience and knowledge on the topics of teacher effectiveness and new teacher training. Her presentation included how HPU uses LEGO Education to provide outreach to local schools, train teachers in 21st century instruction and actively involve students in what they are learning.
“It was quite an honor to be asked by LEGO and SENA to attend the conference,” Disseler says. “Colombia’s goal is to be number one in education in South America 10 years from now, and they were interested in hearing my opinions of how best to get to that place. I hope that by sharing the idea of what we do with LEGO Education here at HPU, they will be inspired to move forward and think outside the box.”
More than 1,000 individuals attended the conference, including education policymakers from South Korea, Finland, Poland, Japan and Shanghai. Education entrepreneurs who are developing innovative initiatives around the globe also attended.
Disseler appeared on Colombian television networks in an interview that focused on the question, “What is a quality teacher?” and spent time speaking to education officials. She plans to further expand her experience with Colombia as she partners with them to help create the country’s new curriculum.
“The experience was enriching, and provided opportunities to learn more about how other countries train and keep quality teachers,” she says.