Heartland to host visitors from Finland
and the Netherlands
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[October 11, 2014]
- Heartland Community College is participating in an exciting
professional development experience with overseas partners. Four HCC
employees have been paired with educators from Finland and the
Netherlands to host and share best practices of the American school
system. In exchange, participating HCC employees will visit their
partner’s country in May 2015.
Heartland will welcome its guests with a reception on Wednesday,
October 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in room 1406 of the Community
Commons Building on the Normal campus.
The exchange is part of the Illinois Consortium for International
Studies and Programs (ICISP), an organization that coordinates study
abroad opportunities for colleges in Illinois, Indiana and
Wisconsin. The program pairs people from different countries and
allows them to job shadow one another for two weeks. The goal of the
program is learn about one another’s school system and adopt best
practices for their home school.
Heartland’s partners will arrive in mid-October and participate in a
variety of activities that demonstrate American culture and
professional development. Itinerary items include spending time in
classes, speaking with student leaders and trips to Rader Farms and
Illinois State University.
Amy Munson, dean of student success at HCC, is thrilled to have
partners coming in from top-ranked education systems. “Finland and
the Netherlands both have world-renowned education programs,” she
explained. “Those countries place a lot of emphasis on hands-on
learning and really focus on problem-based curriculum. I’m excited
to see what we can offer to them and what they can offer to
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Munson also hopes she and her ICISP partner, an administrator
from North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium,
will learn a lot from each other about how to support students
and help them be successful.
Heartland has a history of being actively involved with
international activities and partnerships. The College has used
ICISP to host visitors and send employees overseas since 1993.
More than 20 people from HCC have participated in the program.
Heartland also hosts delegates from China every summer as part
of the International Institute for Teaching and Learning.
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[Becky Gropp, Heartland Community