Over the memorial weekend two of our Polish School teachers: Emilia Bacca and Iwona Smucerowicz-Rose attended Polish Teachers Conference in Portland. The event was a great experience. All in attendance shared knowledge, new ideas, and has inspired us to implement these into our school for 2018.
During the event our teachers had the opportunity to meet with other advocates of Polish schools from America, Poland, and other regions of the world to collaborate, learn proven solutions, game-changing ideas, and the tools needed to transform student learning and also build stronger Polish communities all around.
Many people involved in the education of children and young people in Polish communities, school and communities leaders, media, politicians and Polish government agencies representative participated in the conference. They presented interesting lectures, workshops, panel discussions, training, and resources available to help grow our school and community as a whole. Classes were held in blocks for teachers of different age groups, persons responsible for the management of Polish schools, scout instructors, catechists.
Our teachers are inspired and eager to put the learning into practice in the upcoming school year! Additional ideas we will try to explore for our community outside of school, would be: applying for funding for PASGC events with Polish Consul, organize Polish Independence celebration, establish Polish library, research possibility to organize monthly mass in Polish at the local church in Cincinnati, summer camps for Polish American children and cultural exchange between Polish and American children, more frequent self-organized social events for adults.
Our teachers are especially thankful to our supporters and sponsors who helped us raise over a $1000 to help cover the cost of their participation in this amazing event:
Polakowski Anita and Andy