May 14, 2001
Teachers acknowledged for work on trade curriculum
Kenmore Junior High teacher Tom Petersen was a special guest at the Washington Council on International Trade's (WCIT) annual meeting and banquet last month. Before a crowd of the state's top business and government leaders, Peterson was acknowledged for his work on an international trade curriculum debuted that evening. Peterson, Dan Hartley from Northshore Junior High and two other teachers have spent many hours over the past year advising, contributing curriculum, and reviewing and editing video, Web page, and CD-ROM scripts and content for the program entitled, "Trade Is."
During their association with WCIT, Petersen and Hartley have made the acquaintance of several high-level business executives, government officials, and celebrities enabling them to bring a wealth of materials, curriculum, contacts, and guests to their classrooms.
Petersen and Hartley, with the recommendation of Pat Davis, Port of Seattle's board president, and Seattle Mayor Paul Schell's office, were also delegates to the Pacific Rim Summit held in Seattle recently. This summit brought together the mayors, key public administrators and business leaders of Pac Rim's 100 largest cities to discuss management, economic, social, and environmental issues. Several workshops and presentations on the role of education were included, in which Petersen and Hartley took part. They returned with materials for the classroom, and plan to establish ties to schools around the Pacific to foster project collaboration and student-to-student contact for their Washington History PacRim Area Studies classes.