Professors and Students Travel to the Czech Republic


(July 14, 2015) — Dr. Patrick Thomas, associate professor of education, and Dr. Kathleen Fabrikant, assistant professor of education, recently led a group of education majors in a study abroad program at the University of South Bohemia (USB) in the Czech Republic.

During the 17-day visit, Armstrong students visited grammar and high schools in the city of Ceske Budejovice to observe teaching strategies, participate in class activities and discuss challenges facing educators worldwide.

Thomas and Fabrikant presented information on Armstrong's teacher preparation programs to USB faculty members and students, answered questions about U.S. state standards and teacher performance assessment requirements.

A highlight of the visit was a trip to the Czech-German border to participate in “Extension of Hands,” an event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. In a joint gesture of freedom sponsored by USB and the German University of Passau, Czech and German citizens formed a chain of friendship with Armstrong's delegation as a symbol of reconciliation between the two nations where the Iron Curtain once stood.

Armstrong and USB have enjoyed a collaborative partnership for the past 12 years, which has included numerous student and professor exchanges.