Focus on Inclusive Education February 2020
CKSCP Board Members Susan Neaman and Bob Herring and retired Cincinnati Public School Adminisrator Pat Cleveland traveled to our Sister City to attend the celebration of the Kharkiv City Day, meet with Kharkiv educators to discuss inclusive education to talk about what’s working in Kharkiv and to share what’s worked for schools in Cincinnati.
Schools in Ukraine have begun to include students with special needs and are looking for methods that have proved effective. Pat Cleveland’s years with Cincinnati Public Schools serving students with disabilities provided her with information and experience that will be helpful. The CKSCP Delegation left Kharkiv with the beginning of a plan to follow up with additional professional development opportunities for the Kharkiv teachers.
Plans are in place to host a delegation of educators and administrators from Kharkiv in the fall of 2020 to meet inclusive educators in Cincinnati. The trip was caneled due to the COVID-19 virus.
Baseball - Cincinnati & Kharkiv Summer 2019
Baseball has come to Kharkiv and “Boys (and Girls) of Summer” are eager to learn about the game. The CKSCP Delegation that attended the Celebration of the Day of the City had the opportunity to meet with the players.
Their plan for baseball in Kharkiv includes the following:
training for the coaches on the techniques and strategies for player development.
learning the finer points of field maintenance
recruiting additional players to expand the number of teams.
teaching K-12 students about the game.
making baseball one of the great summer pastimes in Kharkiv.
The coaching staff had planned to come to Cincinnati to learn “all things baseball’ in early in 2018. CKSCP had created a program with the Reds, Cincinnati Recreation Commission and Knothole. Contacts were made with high school and university programs. Cincinnati was ready to share with them everything they wanted to know about baseball. Unfortunately, they could not obtain visas from the US Government since they don’t have “anchors” in Kharkiv, e.g., property, children, etc. to guarantee their return to Ukraine. CKSCP is working on “Plan B” to support their efforts to bring baseball to Kharkiv.
Baseball was introduced to Kharkiv at the city’s Sports Festival in Gorky Park. Kids of all ages took up the glove and tried their best. Kharkiv’s Mayor Kernis stopped by to wish the team well.