Eight College of Education and Human Development faculty members hosted a delegation of four education officials from Turkmenistan as part of the Open World Program funded by the Library of Congress.
Fred Bonner, Jennifer Ganz, Roger Goddard, Constance Fournier, Joyce Juntune, Jean Madsen and Anthony Rolle were among the education faculty who helped facilitate the international visit. Ping Xiang, director of international initiatives for the college, coordinated the series of educational workshops.
"The Turkmenistan delegation came away from these workshops energized and anxious to follow up on the modern trends in educational administration," said Daniel Klaus, assistant director of Sponsored Student Programs at Texas A&M University.
The workshop session topics ranged from faculty and student development to equality and efficiency in public school funding. Other topics discussed included graduate preparation of principals and superintendents and special education needs.
"I feel confident that the delegation took away some concrete ideas they will utilize and implement back in Turkmenistan as part of the development of their education sector," Klaus said.
Some members of the delegation also were treated to a visit to a gifted program at a local middle school.
Founded in 1999 by the Library of Congress, Open World's goals are to build understanding between the United States and participating countries, create a network of Eurasian leaders dedicated to effecting positive change in their home countries, and connect these leaders with their American professional colleagues and hosts.