Educational leadership on a global scale

9/11/2017

This summer, CEHHS Professor Bonnie Beyer traveled to Havana, Cuba and San Juan, Puerto Rico along with other members of the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership.

Professor Bonnie Beyer with the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership
Professor Bonnie Beyer

HAVANA, CUBA. - Professor Bonnie Beyer traveled to Havana, Cuba this summer, along with other members of the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership, to visit education facilities and meet with Cuban education representatives. The visit began with a trip to the Plaza de la Revolución, Museo de la Revolución, and various historical sites memorializing the January 1, 1959 Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro.

The educational guide, a professor of chemistry at the University of Havana, highlighted the government provision of free education to all through secondary school and for those who wish to and are capable of continuing on to higher education.  A meeting and exchange was scheduled with representatives from the Asociación de Pedagogos de Cuba, the national teachers’ education association after which the group had the opportunity to visit a variety of educational centers. This included a visit to Ciudad Libertad, School City and the Literacy Museum that memorializes Cuba’s historic campaign to ensure all Cubans literate within one year. The national literacy project was explained through film and literacy materials used in the project.

A visit was scheduled to the Community Project Todas las Manos, one of many centers throughout the country where music, arts, and craft projects are available to students as after-school and weekend supplementary education activities. Local volunteers offer instruction in a variety of art projects. The center is open and free to the community where children and adults work side-by-side. The community projects also function as after-school, latch-key care for children until parents return home from work. The agenda also included a visit to the Kcho Project in Romerillo to enjoy a children’s performance which stressed technology, music, and dance.

A visit to the US Embassy was scheduled and followed by a trip to the neighborhood of Cayo Hueso and the Callejon de Hamel, an alley decorated by Afro–Cuban artist Salvador Gonzalez Escalona with themes, scenes, and symbols from Afto-Cuban culture and religions.

Following the educational agenda in Cuba, Beyer then traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a combined conference sponsored by the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership and Educational Leaders Without Borders. Beyer made a presentation entitled, “Looking to the Future: Global Leadership as an Interactive Process in a New Era of Organizational and Global Collaboration.” At the meeting, Beyer was selected to serve a three-year term on the Executive Board of the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership beginning in September 2017.