The cohort – 5 students from Elementary Ed & Reading and 3 students from Exceptional Ed – are led by veteran traveler, John Carlino, and our new co-leader, Patty Recchio of the Teacher Certification Office. The group has three weeks of very full days.
They start with a “walking weekend” in Berlin where John keeps the group moving throughout the city, sharing his wealth of knowledge about the history, trends and architecture of the city. Berlin also includes a visit to the Reichstagskuppel and Jewish History Museum, both of which are humbling experiences. Next week they move on to their host homes in the Stuttgart area where they will spend their mornings observing and teaching in their hosts' schools and touring nearby hot spots, including my favorites…a visit to picturesque Tübingen and the Black Forest.
While I am sad that I cannot join in the revelry this year, I am content with the engaging schedule that we have put together – with the guidance and foot-work of our partner at the Institute Nürtingen, Manfred Kupper – to immerse the students in a memorable and educational experience.
I am excited to follow their adventure through their blog reflections and hope that others (you!) will join me!