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PSD enters agreement with educators from Korea
PSD enters agreement with educators from Korea
Posted on 05/02/2017

The Puyallup School District is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Office of Education in the Republic of Korea, and the Northwest Culture Foundation as part of an international culture and education exchange program during the 2017-18 school year.

This international agreement will allow four teachers from Jeju Island in South Korea to visit and learn from educators in the Puyallup School District beginning in the fall of 2017. Specifically, Jeju teachers are interested in learning about instructional and behavioral management strategies. The four visiting teachers from Korea represent elementary and secondary levels of instruction and are certified with several years of teaching experience.

On Tuesday, April 25 representatives from each group met together at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts to meet each other and sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing the partnership.

student performersThe event began with a performance by ninth grade students from Kalles Junior High. Sky Kim and Ben Limric (pictured) performed a unique duet including piano, violin, and cello. They moved from one instrument to another during the creative performance arranged by Limric.

Following introductions, and with the help of an interpreter, remarksMs. Lee were made by Northwest Cultural Foundation Chairman Ms. Kyong An; Vice Governor of Education Ms. Kyeyoung Lee (pictured), and Puyallup School District Superintendent Timothy Yeomans.

Ms. An expressed the excitement she felt for the new partnership. Ms. Lee directed listeners’ attention to the children of our community and the Jeju community and the benefits each would realize due to the exchange of knowledge and experience. Dr. Yeomans welcomed the guests and shared appreciation for the collaboration which had already taken place in developing the new relationship.

The meeting provided time for members of the school district to learn more about the new opportunities provided in the partnership. Teachers from PSD host schools sat with Korean delegates to begin discussing education and preparing for school and classroom visits.

korean delegationOn Wednesday, April 26 the Instructional Leadership Department took Korean delegates on a tour of host schools including Aylen Junior High, Edgerton Elementary, and Puyallup High School. In addition, the group had time to visit the aviation program at Emerald Ridge High and eat lunch at the PHS Culinary Arts Program’s Bistro. The principals of each school took the guests from Jeju and Northwest Culture Foundation on a tour of their school.

Leadership at Northwest Culture Foundation will be securing a sponsor for Jeju educators, visas and homestays. The goal is for visiting teachers to arrive in Puyallup at the end of August and stay through February of 2018.

As evident in the picture below, the work taking place among all organizations, Puyallup School District, Northwest Culture Foundation, and Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Office of Education involves the contributions of many individuals. Together, as a team, everyone is working for the benefit of students in Puyallup and in Jeju.

whole group

The Puyallup School District Board of Directors took action on the MOU with Jeju and the Northwest Culture Foundation at their meeting on Monday, May 1. This formalizes the partnership and encourages continued relationship-building.