2017 Discover China Program Trip

The 12-day "Discover China" program, jointly launched by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Triway International Group (Triway), took place from July 8-19, 2017 in  Beijing, Shanghai, and Jiangsu Province. This program aims to promote and strengthen AASA superintendents, and American K-12 educators’ interactions and exchanges with their Chinese counterparts, so that both parties can learn from each other, expand their horizons, encourage innovation and make progress together. 

This delegation was led by AASA’s Chief Operating Officer Charles Woodruff with support from AASA Business/Cultural Exchange Specialist Tara Gao. U.S. school system leaders and other educators who comprise the delegation included:

  • 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.

AASA delegates exchange and share ideas with educators in China. They talk about relevant topics regarding K-12 education in the United States and China, such as sister school agreement, the practice of STEM education, current K-12 education development in China and how to improve K-12 education in both the U.S. and China.

View photos from the visit below and hover over each for the descriptions.