IMG_3616_editedOn March 16th the halls of the Sonia Gutierrez Campus bustled with activity as international policy makers from more than 20 different countries, organized by the World Bank, walked the hallways and stopped into classrooms to see the Carlos Rosario School students hard at work.

Each year the school hosts a variety of international visitors interested in learning more about the school’s model and seeing it in action. This year has been no exception.

This fall, through a partnership with the World Bank, the school hosted 33 political and economic leaders from more than 20 different countries. These country leaders were interested in learning about how to tie workforce development to careers. The visitors hold prestigious positions in institutions such as the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Turkey, the Department of Treasury in Papua New Guinea, and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Zambia. These leaders are countrywide decision makers presiding over how funds and resources are allocated to economic development projects including career training and education for incoming immigrants.

The visitors received an overview of the school and our model before dividing into small groups and touring the Sonia Gutierrez Campus. On the tours co-led by students and staff the leaders saw contextualized ESL learning, technology integration, and student goal setting as well as career training students doing hands-on learning in their respective fields. In their visit to the library, the country leaders learned about the resources and critical wraparound services that are key to the Carlos Rosario School model.

Also this year the school hosted more than 30 youth leaders sponsored by the U.S. State Department and a group of ESL teachers from Panama hosted by American University. Both groups of visitors learned more about the school and the model before heading to the classrooms to see the curriculum in action. The visitors were also able to talk one-on-one with both students and teachers to learn more about how the model works.