ORT Global Forum Meets for the First Time at ORT Argentina Campus
World ORT's annual National Directors Forum (NDF) was held for the first time at the campuses of ORT Argentina's highly respected high school in Buenos Aires, with many of the presentations webcast live via ORT Argentina's Virtual Campus.
The NDF brought together the organization's top professionals from Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cuba, United States, France, Israel, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, Uruguay, India, Mexico, and Argentina to discuss educational planning and corporate strategies.
"Visiting the school in Buenos Aires and seeing first-hand ORT's educational vision in action literally blew my mind," said Alan E. Klugman, National Executive Director of ORT America. "I have never witnessed anything like it, and the excellence of the students and teachers that I've met have been phenomenal."
Long-time ORT America leader Bob Sill, from the Cleveland region, also attended the NDF with his wife Eileen, with Bob acting in his capacity as the Honorary Chair of World ORT's Board of Representatives. "Coming here and seeing what ORT is doing for these young people is inspiring and gratifying," said Sill. "The children are learning skills that are going to be so helpful for them their whole lives."
Among the guest speakers at the NDF was Ezequiel Glinsky, who graduated from ORT Argentina in 1995 and is now Director of the Server and Tools Business Unit in Microsoft Argentina and Uruguay. He presented Microsoft's vision of the present and future of technology.
The schedule included presentations by top ORT professionals, and the topics included the Teaching and Learning Resource Centre (CREA) at ORT Argentina's Virtual Campus, an update of developments at CIM-ORT in Mexico, and ORT Chile's latest collaboration with the Coca-Cola Foundation on management training for sustainable development.
The ceremony also marked the opening of the Terry and Jean de Gunzburg Jewish Education Seminar, with an emphasis on Information and Communications Technology resources for Jewish Studies teachers. The Seminar attracted 28 educators from across Latin America to hear lectures by the likes of Reuven Werber, Portal Content Editor at Mofet International, a consortium of Israeli colleges which specializes in research, curriculum, and program development for teacher educators.