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Partnership connects North Tama teachers with Rome teachers

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They may be half way across the world, but teachers in North Tama and Rome are finding ways to help each other.

The partnership is between the American Overseas School of Rome and North Tama in Traer.

The former elementary principal at North Tama, Steve Foster, is now the principal at American Overseas School of Rome. He was able to connect the two schools.

Tuesday, teachers in Traer had the chance to Skype half way across the world and share ideas with the AOSR teachers.

Four of the North Tama teachers have been there for a few days now. They are in the classroom sharing their teaching ideas from North Tama as well as getting ideas to take back home.

Two year ago, elementary counselor Teresa Keefe O'Meara went to Rome to train their staff in conflict management.

She says it's great to keep this connection with the school and it's interesting to find out how similar the students are.

"Kids universally and globally are so similar. Children are children. What they are interested in, how they act, those type of things the little bit of difference is of course because of the vast amount of different languages, cultures, countries that are representative at American Overseas of Rome," Keefe O'Meara.

The four teachers from North Tama in Rome will spend 10 days there. They had to be accepted through a application process. When they get back they will share their findings to the rest of the teaching staff and school board.

The goal is to one day have students spend time in Rome. 

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