The Brighton Central School District welcomed teachers from Israel Wednesday as part of the “Partnership2Gether” program.
This is the only program of its kind in the U.S. public school system, officials say. It’s part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester’s attempt to build bridges and create cultural understanding.
The teachers visiting will be working with Brighton teachers to develop goals and plans to creatively teach students about each other’s cultures.
“They have an equivalency of a high school diploma and major in diplomacy, so their students are looking at the ins and outs of diplomacy and how it works,” said Eric Morris, economics teacher at Brighton High School. “And what better place to study then a place that has conflicts that is constantly working with diplomacy and how to resolve issues.”
As part of the exchange, Brighton sent faculty to Israel last year. They also sent high school students to a school out there as part of a yearly exchange program.