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PDK International Tour to Dublin/London 2013

In fall 2013, PDK and EF, an international tour group, brought members on a 10-day global study tour to Dublin and London. The tour provided an exciting blend of professional development opportunities and sightseeing, including sessions with education leaders in each city and trips to historic locales, such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Itinerary for the Dublin/London Trip:

Day 1 • Board the overnight flight to Dublin.

Day 2 • Dublin
Arrived in Dublin and took a guided walking tour of the city.

Day 3 • Dublin
Took a guided tour of St. Stephen’s Green, Phoenix Park, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and other landmarks.

Day 4 • Dublin
Morning – Visited Trinity College’s School of Education and met with faculty and doctoral students to discuss teacher preparation and policy.  Also met with staff at the Global Relations office in the Global Room to discuss student life.

Afternoon – Met with faculty and staff at The Institute of Art, Design and Technology, just outside of Dublin.

Day 5 • Holyhead, Wales
Took a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, Wales, and visited a Welsh castle. Spent the night in North Wales.

Day 6 • Travel to England.
Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, and end the day in London.

Day 7 • London
Took a guided tour of London.

Day 8 • London
Morning – Visited the Institute of Education, University of London and listened to a panel discussion on “School Reform Strategies in England and Closing the Achievement Gap.”

Afternoon – Visited with afternoon class at Darrell Primary School and attend afterschool staff meeting.

Day 9 • London
Morning – Visited Windham Nursery, Windham Croft Centre and experienced “Play and Learn” observations in the nursery and discussed Q’s and A’s in the training room.

Afternoon – Visited with staff and students at Chelsea Academy to discuss school reform policy at secondary level.

Day 10 • Left for the airport to board the flight home


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