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The Future is Bright
Posted 11/15/2017 02:25PM

Last week I had the opportunity to reconnect with an old acquaintance named Peter Shumlin. Pete, who also served as governor of the Green Mountain State (Vermont) was doing a tour of China speaking to schools about public service, his international work on climate change and something called Putney Student Travel - a program designed to get students outdoors and get them involved in community service. As a former Putney leader and a member of this community, the areas of overlap in the areas of our ESLRs, service learning and being an all-around global citizen became immediately apparent.

After candid conversations with IB Econ students on the challenges of leading and budgeting on a state and federal level, Pete shared his experiences with the greater SIS community. The Putney program had a large impact on me as a young person and educator. As such, it was great to hear the governor share insights behind some of the projects that have made it such a great experience, for not just me, but thousands of middle and high school students.

As I reflect on the real-world issues our students face, I am reminded of our recent week without walls trip. The skills, attitudes, and aptitudes that team bonding exercises, communal dinners, traveling, adventures and challenges, build within our learners are limitless. I take comfort in the many lessons, acts of kindness, and initiatives SIS is currently engaged in to prepare our students for their futures. As Mike Livingston writes in his weekly blogs, thanks for making SIS a great place to learn and work!

Alex Gutierrez | Learning Innovation Coach

Peter's photos with Obama:

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