Shimshak Selected To Be Guest Of The Korea Foundation

by Free Speech on June 3, 2009

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School District of Lodi District Administrator Michael J. Shimshak has been selected to study in South Korea this July, as a participant in the Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators.  He is one of 60 participants selected from over 400 applications through a competitive review process.  The Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators is designed to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Korea and the United States by inviting U.S. educators to visit Korea and to share the knowledge gained in the classroom and community.

Shimshak will be among 40 educators who will travel to Korea from July 8-July 22.  An additional 20 teachers will travel from June 24-July 8.  They will begin their visit in Seoul with a formal reception attended by representatives from the Korea Foundation and officials from Yonsei University, who assist the Korea Foundation in coordinating the program.  In the following days, the American educators will attend lectures and visit relevant sites to learn about Korean history, economics and culture.

The educators will also have the opportunity to meet students and teachers at Goyang Foreign Language High School, where they will learn about the Korean educational system.  In addition to their time in Seoul, they will also travel to Gyeongju, the historical capital of Korea, where they will learn more about Korean history and culture.  Upon their return, participants are required to submit an impact report detailing how they used this opportunity to benefit their school and community. Shimshak is preparing for the study with language courses and readings in Korean history. Upon his return, he plans to present to his doctoral candidate colleagues from Edgewood College.

The Korea Foundation, working in conjunction with Yonsei University, oversees all aspects of the workshop for educators.  The Foundation, an independent organization affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, sponsors the program, for which 2009 marks the fourth year.  The Institute of International Education coordinates the recruitment and pre-departure activities of the program in the United States.  Nearly 300 social studies educators from across the United States have visited Korea through the Korean Studies Workshop for American Educators in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Social studies educators and administrators working in sixth through twelfth grades throughout the United States can apply to take part in one of the two trips to South Korea scheduled for 2010.  As guests of the Korea Foundation, the selected educators’ trips are fully-funded.  Teachers with social studies components to their curricula, including gifted and special education teachers, and teachers and administrators involved with social studies curriculum development and textbook writing are encouraged to apply.  Applicants are not required or expected to have previous knowledge of Korea or the Korean language.  The application deadline will be in early spring 2010.  For more information about the 2010 competition, please refer to or contact 1-800-270-4317 or  All applications must be completed online.

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