U.S. & Chinese School Leaders to Visit Suburban Chicago, Charlotte as Part of AASA’s Educational Exchange Program


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 14, 2018 – Approximately 100 Chinese and U.S. educators will convene in Chicago-area school districts as well as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools next week as part of AASA’s Educational Exchange program, a cultural initiative to promote and strengthen American K-12 educators and their Chinese counterparts.

The program provides opportunities for school system leaders from both countries to build professional relationships, exchange best practices and strategies, and encourage innovation to benefit their students. Topics throughout the weeklong forum will include building student voice, technology in school and personalized learning.

Members of the Chinese delegation are part of the China Education Association for International Exchange. “We are very grateful to CEAIE for working with us as we create opportunities for AASA members to build relationships with educators from across the globe so they can better prepare students with the international skills they need to succeed in the 21st century,” said Chuck Woodruff, AASA chief operating officer. “We also thank North Shore School District 112 and Leyden High School District 212 in Illinois, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina for serving as hosts for this forum, which continues to generate positive feedback from superintendents who have participated.”

Keynote speakers will include Rebecca Wiegel, director of language programs and grants with the Barrington 220 (Ill.) School District, and Mike Gaffney, academic director of the National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI).    

The program is 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.

The delegation will spend next Monday and Tuesday in Illinois before visiting East Voyager Academy and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina on Wednesday.

For more information, 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.