Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Panama: To Train Teachers in Bilingual Initiative

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Panama: To Train Teachers in Bilingual Initiative

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GALLOWAY, NJ - Stockton University has been approved by the Panamanian Ministry of Education to offer training to teachers from Panama as part of the government's Bilingue Initiative.

The University has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Universidad Latina de Panama to expand opportunities for Stockton students to study in Panama.

The Panama Bilingue initiative is a national effort to improve public education and economic development in the country by increasing the English language fluency of its citizens.

The goal of the program is to train as many as 10,000 Panamanian teachers over five years in the latest teachings methods and techniques for classroom success, including the use of technology. Participants will also have the opportunity to expand on their own language skills, as they are immersed in an English-speaking culture.

Stockton President Harvey Kesselman; his wife, Lynne; and Stockton interim general counsel Brian Kowalski recently visited Panama to meet with Ministry of Education officials, the Latina University president and other senior government representatives, to introduce Stockton University and present Stockton's Bilingue proposal. They also toured Latina University, the nation's leading private university, and the City of Knowledge, an educational, economic and business development center in Panama.

"This has been an incredibly productive trip that will yield significant results for Stockton," Kesselman said. …

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