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CATA Recognized as International School

UCPS Board Chair John Collins, CATA Assistant Principal Deanna White, Science Teacher Kortney Kopchick, English Teacher Adam Tarlton, Assistant Principal Jeff Pusser and UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis are shown accepting the banner recognizing CATA as an International School.

For the second year in a row, Central Academy has been awarded the distinguished honor of International School of Excellence by the UCPS Globalization Committee. This is the highest honor that a school can receive, and CATA was one of only ten schools to be recognized. Administration and faculty must follow a rigorous set of criteria using effective teaching practices to create a higher level of global awareness for our students and community.

Teachers used their class time to engage students in 21st century learning. Having students think critically, take responsibility for their learning, and use technology in purposeful ways allows our students to become active competitors in an ever changing global world.

Outside of the classroom, extra-curricular activities also embraced Union County’s mission of globalization. Clubs such as Hands Helping Others and Cultural Awareness helped raise funds to build a school in Sudan. Union County Travel Club took students to Australia and New Zealand over the summer for rewarding experiences learning about Aboriginal culture.

Globalization is so much more than simply teaching our kids about other lands. It is about giving them the tools necessary to thrive in those lands. It is about teaching tolerance and learning to embrace our differences that make us individuals. It is about helping them see their role as future citizens in a diversified environment. 

Written by: Lisa Eaton, English Teacher
Posted: Sep 14, 2012 by Deb Christensen

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