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Political Salon with the Russian Open World Delegation

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 6:30pm

World Policy Institute and CDS International present:

Teaching and Technology in Siberia:
How Does the US Compare?

A Political Salon with the Russian Open World Delegation
Moderated by Rob Fenstermacher, CDS

November 10, 2010
This event is by invitation only.

CDS International is pleased to welcome the Russian Open World delegation to New York. Managed by the independent Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, Open World is designed to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to American society, government, and economy.

The Russian delegation is comprised of primary and secondary school educators from the Russian Republic of Buryatia. Located in the Siberian Federal District, north of the Mongolian border, Buryatia has a population of approximately 1 million and is recognized for its diversity of religions. During their trip to New York, the delegation seeks to explore education policy and structure, the use of technology, and collaboration among students and teachers.

In a slightly different format from regular Political Salons, Rob Fenstermacher moderates this discussion with the Buryatian delegation, who are eager to hear Political Salon members' perspectives. The group will be accompanied by a bilingual facilitator, who is in her own right a founding member of the Moscow chapter of Transparency International.

Russian Open World Delegation

Open World delegates come from all levels of government, NGOs, the media, and the private sector. Past participants include members of parliament and local legislators; Supreme Court justices and justices of the peace; senior civil servants and young NGO activists; and election committee officials and political party organizers.

  • Bair is a high school principal and chemistry teacher in the Khorinsky district. During his visit to the US, he is interested in learning about American approaches to science education (biology and chemistry) and team management techniques for principals.
  • Erzhen is an English teacher and head of the International Friendship Club "Globus" at a boarding school in Ulan-Ude. She also serves as Cultural Events Coordinator for the Young Teachers Association. In 2010, she won a local competition for young teachers, "To Master the Pedagogical Skills". During her visit to the US, Erzhen is interested in meeting other young teachers and the use of intercultural exchange to raise tolerance and social competence among students.
  • Klavdiya is a primary school teacher in Ivolginsk. During her visit to the US, she is interested in the use of education technologies to develop students' creative potential. She is the winner of the 2010 Teacher of the New School and 2008 Buryatia Teacher Elite district contests.
  • Lyudmila is a history teacher at a rural school in Orlikskoye where she worked with her students to create a school museum. In 2009 she was a winner of the "Teacher Elite of Buryatia" contest in the republic. During her visit to the US, she is interested in education quality control as well as the use of technology.
  • Oyuna is an assistant principal for teaching methodology at a combined junior high-high school in Sosnovo-Ozerskoye. Previously she taught math. During her visit to the US, Oyuna is interested in educational technology and distance learning.
  • Anastasiya will accompany the Open World Delegation as a facilitator. She works in the International Relations department at a state library of foreign literature. Since 1995, she has been an integral member of the Russian chapter of Transparency International, which works to prevent corruption.


Rob Fenstermacher is Executive Director of CDS International. He was a Fellow on the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program, as well as a current member of the American Council on Germany and the Alliance for International Exchange.


CDS International, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit international exchange organization based in New York City. CDS offers a diverse portfolio of exchange programs, professional work internships, study tours, seminars, and language and cultural training programs designed to prepare individuals and corporations for a globally interconnected society. CDS currently administers over 30 customized programs with more than 15 partner organizations and 800 companies worldwide.

The Political Salon - organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media - regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.

With special thanks to the Heinrich Böll Foundation for supporting the Political Salon.




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