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Somerset Academy student, 10, attends Canadian conference

Sebastian Estrada, right, of Somerset Academy participated in the second annual Kumon Student Conference in Canada. He is pictured with Mino Tanabe, president of Kumon North America.
Sebastian Estrada, right, of Somerset Academy participated in the second annual Kumon Student Conference in Canada. He is pictured with Mino Tanabe, president of Kumon North America. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Sebastian Estrada, 10, of Somerset Academy was chosen to participate in the second annual Kumon Student Conference, in Calgary, Canada, after excelling in the Kumon reading and math programs.

Sebastian is a fifth-grader who studies math and reading at the high school level, and he joined about 50 students from across the United States, Canada and Mexico to participate in various activities, including team-building and critical thinking exercises, and group discussions during the recent conference. Sebastian also attended a forum to hear from former Kumon students who have completed the program, which ends with calculus and critical reading.

“Kumon strives to cultivate confident and independent students who become lifelong learners,” said Sung Park, vice president of materials development and instruction at Kumon North America. “With this conference, we can celebrate our students’ accomplishments and inspire them to continue to program completion.”

For information, visit kumon.com.

George Washington Carver Middle School

Madelin Vinat of George Washington Carver Middle School in Miami was one of 28 teachers selected to attend the 2018 C-SPAN Educator’s Conference, Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

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Madelin Vinat of George Washington Carver Middle School, was one of 28 teachers selected to attend the 2018 C-SPAN Educator’s Conference in Washington, D.C. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Vinat was chosen based on her dedication to learning new educational resources, applying them in the classroom, and sharing her professional development experiences in her local community. During the conference, Vinat heard from guest speakers and learned about free resources available through the C-SPAN Classroom, including a digital video library that contains more than 240,000 hours of content for teachers and students.

For information on the conference or the 2019 fellowship, visit c-span.org/classroom/opportunities.

Council for Educational Change

The Council for Educational Change hosted the first TopGolf Challenge and raised $20,000 for the council’s community programs.

The CEC is a nonprofit organization that focuses on leadership, improving student achievement and addressing education issues in the community. The organization also offers career leadership forums to promote career awareness for public school students.

The TopGolf Challenge included about 150 participants, including Principal Wallace Aristide of Miami Northwestern High School and Arthur Noriega, CEO of the Miami Parking Authority.

For information on the CEC, visit changeeducation.org.

Norland Middle School

Steve Gallon III of the Miami-Dade County School Board recently announced that participants of Norland Middle School’s drama program would receive a new $32 million black box theater.

“After the school received national and international awards and accolades, the superintendent and I agreed that a state-of-the-art, black box theater was the most suitable learning environment in which our artistically gifted and talented students should learn and hone their craft,” Gallon said. “I want to commend the Superintendent for seeing this through and bringing this recommendation to the Board.”

The award-winning drama program is taught by Tanisha Cidel, and students have participated in popular films, including “Moonlight” and “Black Panther.”

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