U.S. State Department Program Tours PG
U.S. State Department Program Tours PG

Porter-Gaud was proud to welcome the International Visitors Leadership Program of the U.S. State Department this week. The team, comprising of ten female executives and tech leaders from countries such as Israel, Poland and Norway, is touring four U.S. cities to learn more about advancing young women in the STEAM fields.

The team started their visit with Dr. Julie Sessions, who provided an overview of tech integration in our K-12 curriculum and a tour of the Lower School.

By mid-morning, the team visited with seventh-grade students in Mr. Bob Irving's Computer Science class. Our guests worked side-by-side with students who are using Scratch Jr. to build games.

The team met with Head of School DuBose Egleston, Jr., Computer Science Chair Doug Bergman, and Director of Technology Phil Zaubi to discuss the evolution of the computer science program at Porter-Gaud and our diversity and inclusion initiatives in computer science.

The visit concluded with a return to the classroom to work with students in Mr. Bergman's 9th grade robotics class and Mr. Renton's Virtual Reality class.

"Our school visit and discussion with teachers and students highlighted digital citizenship, literacy, and coding curriculums. What a school!" said Ms. Blerta Thaci, Executive Director of Open Data Kosovo.

After Charleston, the International Visitors Leadership program travels to Boston, MA and then Los Angeles, CA.