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Canastota teacher to showcase her curriculum in Spain

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More than 200 teachers from around the world will have a chance to learn more about what is going on in one Canastota classroom. Business teacher Patricia Ragan will soon head to Spain to share how she is incorporating technology into one of her business classes. Our Iris St. Meran sat down with her to learn more about this opportunity and how she's preparing for it.

CANASTOTA, N.Y. -- Writing lesson plans are all in a day’s work for teachers. But Canastota Junior Senior High School Business teacher Patricia Ragan is taking it a step further by adding technology.

"CEO stands for Collaborative Enterprising Opportunity. This program pairs students with business owners who I call Executive Mentors, with students who I call Future Entrepreneurs via Skype," Ragan explained.

These business owners and CEOs are from companies around the country including California, Utah and New York. The students get help with their business plans and create an elevator pitch for their business.

"I think that's just a wonderful experience for our students. Building skills they need to be successful in their future endeavors," said Canastota Junior Senior High School Principal Molly Mecca.

If Ragan's style of teaching looks familiar, it's because we visited her classroom last year to observe "Canastota Apprentice." It was her educational take on the hit TV show "The Apprentice." That curriculum garnered national attention when Ragan competed against other educators.

She will be in the spotlight again but on a larger scale when she presents CEO at Microsoft's Expert Educator Program in Barcelona Spain next year.

Ragan said, "I want to meet other educators from other countries and we're going to share ideas and we are going to be a think tank."

Getting into the Global Forum was the first hurdle, now preparing for it is the next. Patricia Ragan has this binder full of homework assignments as well as other tasks to complete before March.

"I just finished an action plan that I submitted and I'm working on my next homework assignment where I have to create another learning activity, " said Ragan.

Ragan said she doesn't mind the added workload because she sees how her students have evolved and become more confident and is excited to share their success with educators from around the world.

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