Memorandum of
Understanding between Chicago Public School (CPS) and l’Académie de Paris

On Thursday June 7th,
2012, Chicago and Paris, sister cities since 1996, signed a Memorandum of
Understanding between the Board of Education of the City of Chicago and
l’Académie de Paris. The MOU inaugurates an educational exchange program
between Paris and Chicago. The goal of this program is to establish a
cooperative education program between the Chicago Public Schools and
l’Académie de Paris to facilitate student and teacher exchanges, promote new
pedagogical practices, and expand the international dimension in teaching and
professional development.

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School hosted the ceremony during which the
students of the school presented musical performances in English and French.
Mr. Claude Michellet, Director de l’Académie de Paris and Mr. Jean Claude
Brizard, Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools, signed the
agreement. Mr. Jean-Claude Duthion, the Education Attaché at the French
Embassy in Washington D.C. and members of the French Consulate in Chicago
also represented Paris. Attending from Chicago were Olivia Mulcahy, Interim
Director of the Department of Language and Cultural Education at the Chicago
Public Schools, Mr. Brett August, Chair of the Paris Committee of Chicago
Sister Cities International, Mr. David Reithoffer, Vice Chair of the
committee, and other committee members at large.

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