Since 2012, Louisville Collegiate School has nurtured a partnership with The School of St. Jude
in Arusha, Tanzania. The School of St. Jude accepts academically talented children from the poorest families in the city. It is a private, charity-funded school started in 2002 by Australian, Gemma Sisia.
As part of an annual professional development opportunity, six Collegiate faculty members spend two weeks each summer co-teaching at the school, experiencing the local culture and interacting with staff, faculty and students. Collegiate teachers lead interactive classes, participate in faculty meetings, perform at school assemblies, take field trips, engage in reading books with students during DEAR (drop everything and read) time, assist with homework and play enriching games.
This fascinating opportunity is an annual professional development commitment for both schools allowing teachers to trade experiences and knowledge. The exchange program was conceived as a trial by Collegiate parent and former trustee Cindy Skarbek.
In July, 2016, Louisville Collegiate School was featured in the summer issue of Independent School Magazine by the National Association of Independent Schools. The article highlights Collegiate's professional development and co-teaching program established in partnership with the School of St. Jude in Tanzania.
for more information on The School of St. Jude.