Preschool-12 Bilingual Education in
Two Locations in the Bay Area

8th International Kindergarten Conference
8th International Kindergarten Conference

We had the honor to welcome 24 Preschool and Kindergarten Directors from 12 countries in North, Central and South America.

Written by Morena Waack, Head of Preschool & Kindergarten

It was great to exchange intercultural experiences as a community of German Schools Abroad. We talked about how we convey German culture and values combined with learning more about our host country's culture as well. Many innovative ideas about how to support early childhood learning as well as new pedagogical approaches were discussed and presented.

Workshops focused on dual-language acquisition for young children, including guest speakers: Dr. Prof. Petra Gretsch from the University in Freiburg, Germany, and Dr. Greg Nees from Denver, Colorado. Dr. Petra Gretsch also hosted a parent information night and engaged in conversations with parents about language development.

As a center of learning, GISSV has become a thought leader in the region for the use of digital media in the classroom. Therefore, the ZfA (Cen­tral Agen­cy for Ger­man Schools Abroad) has asked GISSV to host a workshop for the North American German Schools in January, which will center around 21st century learning. GISSV has successfully been using the Eschool 21 learning platform for years and GISSV teachers are regularly asked to present this learning tool at other schools to help teachers use it effectively.