AASA’s 2017 Discover China Program to Get Underway


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – July 7, 2017 – To provide a platform for U.S. educators to build professional networks with their Chinese counterparts, AASA’s 2017 Discover China program convenes next week in Beijing.

Sponsored by Triway International Group, the program begins with a visit to the Beijing No. 18 Middle School, Monday, July 10, and concludes with a visit to Yuhuatai Senior High School on Tuesday, July 18.

Program topics will include:
• Current and potential programs between China and the U.S.;
• STEM education;
• AASA’s National Superintendent Certification program;
• AASA’s National Conference on Education;
• School leadership; and
• Organizational structure.

The Chinese delegation will also visit the high school affiliated with Renmin University of China, Beijing Institute of Education, Beijing Shunyi Niulanshan First Secondary School, the China Education Association for International Exchange and the Shanghai STEM+ Research Institute.

“Recent years have witnessed rapid accelerations of the globalization of education and the in-depth cultural and educational exchanges between the United States and China,” said Chuck Woodruff, AASA chief operating officer. “The program provides both American and Chinese educators with more direct resources to learn about the education systems from both countries. With the growing popularity of Mandarin programs in the U.S., AASA’s Discover China initiative provides a huge benefit for AASA members.”

U.S. school system leaders and other educators who comprise the delegation include:

• Paul E. Blanford, superintendent, School District of Elmwood, Elmwood, Wis.
• Cynthia Clary, assistant superintendent, Salt River Schools, Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Christine Dillon, teacher, Delran Township School District, Delran, N.J.
• Michael W. Donnelly, director of curriculum, Palisades School District, Kintnersville, Pa.
• Tom Edington, superintendent, Wawasee Community School Corporation, Syracuse, Ind.
• Janet L. Fike, superintendent, Morris-Union Jointure Commission, New Providence, N.J.
• Donna W. Lewis, superintendent, Creighton School District, Phoenix, Ariz.
• Chris Metras, superintendent, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District, Pembine, Wis.
• Shauna L. Schmerer, superintendent, Almira School District, Almira, Wash.

For specific questions about AASA’s Discover China program, please contact Tara Gao, AASA business/cultural exchange specialist, at tgao@aasa.org.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.