U.S., Chinese School Leaders Convene in Northern Virginia as Part of AASA’s Discover China Program


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 5, 2018 – More than 100 Chinese and U.S. educators convened in Fairfax, Va. last week as part of AASA’s Discover China program, a cultural initiative to promote and strengthen American K-12 educators and their Chinese counterparts.

The meeting took place on January 30 at Lanier Middle School in Fairfax City, Va., with the theme, “U.S. and China K-12 Education Discussion — Principals’ Views on Innovative Practices.” Topics included one-to-one instruction, technology and teacher leadership.

“We need leaders and engagers in this global education world,” said Phyllis Pajardo, superintendent, Fairfax City Schools. “We are pleased to partner with AASA and Triway to offer an exchange on behalf of students and staff.”

The program is graciously sponsored by the Triway International Group, a professional consulting firm serving clients in both China and the United States. As one of the overseas training institutions designated by State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China (SAFEA), Triway is committed to promoting exchanges and cooperation between China and the United States in the fields of technology, education, management and others.

“This program is very important for promoting U.S. and Chinese relations in terms of education,” said Cen Jianjun, minister counselor for education for the Chinese Embassy. “We all share a common responsibility to promote culture between the young people of our two countries.”

“The program provides ample opportunities for educators from both countries to learn best strategies from their overseas peers and make new professional relationships in an effort to boost their respective practices,” said Chuck Woodruff, AASA chief operating officer. “With the growing popularity of Mandarin programs in the U.S., AASA’s Discover China initiative provides a huge benefit for AASA members. We are grateful to Triway for supporting our program.”  

For more information, contact Tara Gao, AASA business/cultural exchange specialist, at tgao@aasa.org

Click here to see the AASA photo gallery of the U.S./Chinese Delegation Meeting. 


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.