School Board of Broward County & Académie de Montpellier: 3 years of International Partnership
In 2013, a new partnership was established between the school board of Broward County and the Académie de Montpellier.
Following the signature of a memorandum of understanding on September 17th 2013, a new cooperation was established between the School Board of Broward County (SBBC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the Académie de Montpellier (Montpellier School District) in France. A Jules Verne Program was implemented within the partnership to allow fully-trained and certified primary and secondary teachers, from both sides, to spend a professional practice school year abroad.
In March of 2015, Mr Runcie, Superintendent of Broward County Public School, was invited to France, by Ms. Armande Le Pellec Muller, Superintendent of the Montpellier School District. The purpose of their visit was to meet students, teachers, and the administration of the bilingual schools in the area. In addition, an exchange program has been created between the Lycée Georges Frêche, Culinary School of Montpellier, and the Taravella Culinary High School in Coral Springs.
This September, ten students and two teachers from Montpellier will be travelling to Florida and two teachers from the Académie de Montpellier will exchange with two teachers from Broward County Public Schools this school year 2017-2018.
Such an enriching program aims at enforcing school partnerships and international projects, thus allowing the promoting openness, mobility and developing the internationalization of both educational systems.