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On Wednesday, December 5th, 20 high school students will be visiting our Canisus campus from Colegio de San Ignacio in Oviedo, Spain. Visitors will shadow students from the departments of Modern Languages and Teacher Education throughout the day and attend a luncheon hosted by Michael Pardales, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services.

Canisius College has a rich partnership with Colegio de San Ignacio; Dr. Julia Wescott has been leading the partnership with this school for five years as part of the study-abroad program in Spain. Canisius students, while studying at the Universidad de Oviedo, volunteer at San Ignacio, a public Jesuit School with 1200 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. For the last two years, students from the School of Education have benefitted from a focused international education elective that includes three weeks of teaching at San Ignacio. School teachers have also participated in the exchange. Marta Lamboa Alvarez, a primary teacher from San Ignacio, is attending our teacher education classes at Canisius and visiting local schools this month. In turn, Dr. Nicki Calabrese will spend a spring 2013 sabbatical teaching at San Ignacio.

Please join us in welcoming these high school students to our campus!

Submitted by:  Nicki Calabrese, PhD, associate professor, education; coordinator, early childhood education