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Four-Week Professional Development Program: Proyecta 100 Mil

Forty preservice and inservice teachers from the state of Mexico, in Mexico, participated in Project SUMMIT (Sheltered Instruction Unifying Methodology, Multilingualism, and Innovation in Teaching). The project, which brought the scholars to the K-State Manhattan campus June 19-July 16, 2016, was made possible by the “Training Program for Students and Teachers Proyecta 100,000 Estado de México” funded by Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) and Agencia Mexicana de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarollo (AMEXCID).

Project SUMMIT’s intensive, four-week professional development program was designed to bolster teachers’ skills in English while providing them with leading edge theory, research, and strategies in pedagogy. The program included opportunities for participants to enhance their English skills both inside and outside the classroom. They used English for authentic communication as they explored new pedagogical methods, strategies, and techniques. Through sheltered ESL instruction, all learners were able to develop their receptive and productive skills in English while simultaneously engaging with the content of their profession.

Participants had cultural outings in the Manhattan community and surrounding area. A few examples included:

  • Engaging in a family-style Independence Day BBQ picnic with dancing and fireworks in Manhattan, KS
  • Observing the Independence Day parade and fireworks show in Wamego, KS
  • Visiting the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
  • Exploring Union Station, Kansas City, MO
  • Riding the streetcar to the Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO
  • Enjoying the River Market, Kansas City, MO
  • Exploring the Kauffman Memorial Garden, Kansas City, MO

During their stay, Project SUMMIT scholars also had the opportunity to interact with students at three of the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan sites. They spent time observing and assisting in the initial weeks. In the culminating week of their experience, they developed and taught cultural lessons to the Boys and Girls Club students, sharing about Mexico and providing arts and crafts activities related to Mexican culture, geography, and traditions.

The program closed with a celebration of the scholars’ academic achievements. Dr. Debbie Mercer, Dean of the College of Education, presented each teacher with a certificate for successful completion of program requirements. Project SUMMIT participants returned home prepared to advance learning in new ways with their own students.