During the 2016-2017 school year, TESP facilitated an educator exchange between Northern Ireland and Los Angeles. The exchange allowed L.A. educators to travel to Belfast, and Belfast educators to travel to L.A. The goal of the exchange was to allow educators to learn from and similarities and differences on shared education in contested spaces. Thanks to this program, L.A. educators learned how Belfast educators have successfully encouraged students of different backgrounds to learn together in post-conflict Northern Ireland. The need for collaboration in Northern Ireland emerges out of the long-standing wars between Protestants and Catholics now being healed by the ongoing efforts of shared education.
The exchange resulted in a deepening of the established academic partnership and collaborative relationship between LMU and Queen’s University. In 2015, the collaborators presented a formal paper and lecture to the American Education Research Association (AERA) in partnership with the Queen’s University of Belfast, which provided a comparison of collaboration in Los Angeles, California, shared education in Belfast, Northern Ireland as well as Ramla, Israel.
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