On June 19, 2015 Marquette Catholic High School’s Principal, Mr. Jim White, Theology teacher, Mr. Tom Burke, along with four current freshmen, Connor Donaldson (Michigan City), Tommy Gotsch (Chesterton), Billy Leiby (Michigan City) and Ellen Roach (Chesterton) will be traveling to Europe for the Global Student Leaders Summit – Innovation and the Future of Education.
This professional development experience will bring together more than 2,000 people to discuss education and what other countries value in their educational systems. The delegation will visit Budapest, Prague, and Munich and then, ultimately, convene in Davos for the Summit where they will hear from world-renowned experts and speakers, including keynote Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. Participants will use the design thinking process while collaborating with peers in small international teams to develop local solutions. The conference culminates with the Innovation Village, a showcase of student work where ideas are shared and celebrated.
The itinerary will introduce the delegation to Eastern Europe and Switzerland through hands-on learning experiences and authentic connections to locals. By highlighting innovation and education on tour, those involved will see different perspectives on global educational challenges. Utilizing weShare, the group can reflect on what was learned globally and use it to impact change locally.
Mr. White states, “Marquette’s Global Studies program is not just about students from other countries studying at Marquette. It’s about placing all of our students in experiences that will educate them in a way that cannot be done in a traditional classroom. To truly make the world your classroom you have to step out into it and experience it – talk about it and share it.”