Educators of Primary and Secondary Schools from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, PR China to Visit UW Bothell
December 3 – 13, 2013, a delegation of 30 top Chinese educators from South China Normal University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, PR China will come to the U.S. to participate in an Educational Leadership Learning Exchange (ELLE) at UW Bothell. The Chinese educators are involved in a three-year practice-based program of study at SCNU that includes this opportunity to learn first-had about school practice and educational administration in the U.S. The UW Bothell Education Program is coordinating the academic activities of the delegation as well as arranging visits with many of their educational partners at local schools, school districts, and community organizations.
Some of the educational sites the ELLE participants will be visiting include the Tacoma and Northshore School District offices, schools in the Everett, Northshore, and Seattle School Districts, the Technology Access Foundation (TAF) in Seattle as well as the TAF Academy in the Federal Way School District. On the UW Bothell campus, ELLE participants will engage with Education faculty members and University administrators in seminars on the U.S. Education System, Teacher Development and Leadership, and Post-Secondary transitions to higher education. They will also meet with Dana Brolley, International Admissions Advisor/Recruiter for UW Bothell and have an opportunity to talk with members of the Chinese Student Association (CSA) at UW Bothell about the differences between U.S. and Chinese education.
For one full day of their visit, the Chinese educators will join working teachers who are also UW Bothell students in a seminar that is a part of the UW Bothell Leadership Development for Educators (LEDE)program. These two groups will learn together, under the guidance of University faculty and practicing school principals. They will examine case studies, discuss differences in approaches to US and China educational challenges, and expand their understanding of teaching practice and leadership.
The Education Program is excited to have this wonderful opportunity to meet highly experienced educators from another culture and look forward to future exchange opportunities with SCNU.
Along with the Education Program faculty and staff, this program is being coordinated by Hong Qi Wagner, President of Pacific International Education and representative in the U.S. of Chongquing Municipal Government of China, Municipal Education Commission; Bridgette Christianson, Managing Partner, Alta Leadership; Dr. Hong Wang, Executive Associate Dean, School of Professional Development and Research on Primary and Secondary Education, SCNU; and her colleague, Dawei Yang, Vice Director, International Department, School of Professional Development and Research on Primary and Secondary Education.