Bursary program helps “internationalize” teaching

New bursary program helps “internationalize” teaching

 Nancy Dlouhy, Vice Principal at Bell High School, tries out the traditional Chinese musical instrument, the erhu, while participating in a special cultural immersion program in China (see story on page 1)


“I believe that this experience has provided me with a better insight into the challenges faced by my language students as well as by my OCDSB colleagues and students for whom English is not a first language.”
- Carolle Coulombe, Nepean High School

Several recipients of the new OCENET Staff Bursary Program have provided “testimonials” about how the funds they received from the program have assisted them with a wide variety of worthy international educational initiatives.

  • Diana Hall, Physics Teacher, Bell High School:

    “Do Science Tanzania is my personal project, now in its fifth year. The objective is to support science teachers in their efforts to provide quality hands-on activities for their students in Moshi, Tanzania. This program includes workshops for teachers which provide opportunities to practice with equipment while conducting lab activities, and supplying equipment for teachers to access and use in their classes. The bursary I received is being used to support the Tanzanian teachers’ workshop expenses and to purchase consumables for science activities. All involved in the program are extremely grateful for this generous gift.”

  • David Ward, OCDSB teacher on exchange in Australia:

    “The OCENET teacher bursary has allowed me to expand my pedagogical perspective while I am an exchange science teacher in rural New South Wales, Australia. I have used the bursary to cover travel and related costs to meet with educational support networks that service students in remote areas with special needs. I am thankful for the bursary provided by OCENET as it has greatly increased my ability to effectively investigate teaching in Australia and to share my experiences with students and colleagues.”

  • Lorna Lashley, Principal, Dunning-Foubert:

    “This year I became a LEAP’ER.... Leaders in Education Across the Planet. Through this program I was able to combine my professional passion and my passion for travel on a trip to Sydney, Australia and spend time in their schools while being billeted with an Australian principal. This is a fabulous opportunity to engage in learning from the educational systems 'Down Under.’ Thanks for the bursary to support this experience.”

  • Nancy Dlouhy, Vice Principal, Bell High School:

    “Over a two-week period this summer in Jiangsu Province as part of the Discover Jiangsu 2015 International Youth Leaders to China Cultural Immersion Program, I had the opportunity to study Mandarin, and to learn about the history and culture of China. I was immersed in everything from basic greetings in Mandarin, to tea pouring ceremonies, to visiting with Chinese educators. As an administrator in a high school with over 100 International Students here in Ottawa, many of whom come from China, my understanding about the life and experiences of a student from another country living and studying abroad grew enormously. I have learned more about the values, cultural norms, school system, and day-to-day life of China, and understand more about how that background affects the thinking, learning, and development of students in my school.”

  • Carolle Coulombe, Language Teacher, Nepean High School:

    "I am very grateful for the opportunity I was granted through the OCENET International Educational Bursary to study Galician language and culture at the University of Santiago de Compostela in July. By putting myself in the position of a second language learner in a foreign country, I believe that this experience has provided me with a better insight into the challenges faced by my language students as well as by my OCDSB colleagues and students for whom English is not a first language."

 STAFF Bursaries: Information is available at the OCENET website

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