2012 Pilar Barbosa Program: Welcoming a Special Group of Puerto Rican Educators

2012 Pilar Barbosa Program: Welcoming a Special Group of Puerto Rican Educators

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Maha Neouchy
July 18, 2012

From June 16-July 14, TWC welcomed a group of Puerto Rican educators as a part of the annual Pilar Barbosa Program. The group comprised of 25 K-12 public school teachers and administrators brought to Washington, D.C. to learn about federal educational policy, innovative curriculum design and other topics that enhanced the skills of the educators as both leaders in the classroom and advocates for their students.


Over the course of a month, the Pilar Barbosa educators participated in a variety of activities that worked to teach them about different themes in the realm of education:


Week 1: Leadership in Education (Dates: Monday, June 18-Friday, June 22)

Week 2: Education Policy (Dates: Monday, June 25-Friday, June 29)

Week 3: Technology in Education (Dates: Monday, July 2-Friday, July 6)

Week 4: Innovative Curriculum Design (Dates: Monday, July 9-Saturday, July 14)


During this month, Pilar Barbosa participants conducted a number of site visits and informational sessions at locations such as the U.S. Department of Education; where they discussed topics like the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and participated in RESPECT discussions on "A National Conversation about Teaching."


The educators also welcomed a series of speakers to TWC headquarters who provided them with insight into different organizational efforts throughout the nation's capitol. These speakers included:


In addition, the Pilar Barbosa educators took part in fun, educational and character-building activities and workshops centered on the realms of education and policy. These activities took place in a variety of locations throughout D.C., Virginia and Maryland like:


Pilar Barbosa participants were also given the unique opportunity to meet the U.S. Congressman of New York, Jose Serrano, and the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, Honorable Pedro R. Pierluisi.


The Pilar Barbosa program provided a comprehensive and unique experience for every participant, enabling them to grasp the complexities of both education and policy. Through a series of workshops, visits and activities, the Pilar Barbosa program provided a transformational experience for every single educator.


[View photos of the event on our Flickr channel]

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