Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight will take part in the 2018 Indiana Language Roadmap Summit on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Indianapolis. The Summit, conducted by the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University, will define gaps, strengths, resources, action items, and goals for improving world language learning in Indiana. Mayor Goodnight will take part in table discussions about language learning and its role in education in Indiana.
“We are becoming a larger part of a global economy every day,” said Mayor Goodnight. “It is vital that learning languages is part of education. We see the importance every day with the international students visiting Kokomo schools. It was reinforced to me during our trip to China last year as well.”
Goodnight pointed to the growth of the International Baccalaureate program and Residential International Exchange in the Kokomo schools as an example of why world language learning is a priority.
“Kokomo schools play host to dozens of students each school year,” Goodnight said. “They are coming here from more than 20 different countries. The program is a benefit not only to them but to the local students and the community as well.”
The event is expected to draw more than 100 attendees, including representatives from education (primary, secondary, and higher education), business, civil society organizations, law, and healthcare, as well as interested community members. Dr. Richard Brecht, the founding executive director of the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), will be the keynote speaker.