2019 AASA Discover China Program Trip

Each year, AASA, The School Superintendents Association selects excellent U.S. school district administrators and principals to participate in the AASA Discover China program. During the program, the delegates have the opportunity to travel to China to visit K-12 schools, local education agencies and state education departments, to observe classes, demonstrate teaching skills and engage in a variety of activities. 

In the year of 2019, AASA and Triway International Group (Triway) collaborated and successfully launched the 10-day "Discover China" Program which took place from June 22 to July 3 in various cities in China including Beijing (the capital), Suzhou (renowned for its classic  gardens and water towns) and Hangzhou (the capital and most populous city of Zhejiang Province).

2019 discover china photos

During the program, educators actively engaged and communicated with officers, teachers and students in K-12 schools, local education agencies and state education departments. They observed classes as well as engaged in a variety of activities in the three cities. In addition, the educator participants had the opportunity to share and exchange their education experiences through various resources such as the Beijing Institute of Education Forum (BIE) and China Education Association for International Exchange CEAIE), which greatly improved their professional knowledge and experience in their fields.

Participants comprising the U.S. delegation include:  

  • Donna W. Lewis, Superintendent, Creighton School District, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tara Gao,Cultural Exchange Specialist, AASA
  • Shanna Spickard, Principal, Milan Area Schools, Milan, Michigan
  • Omar Crowder, Principal, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Rahshene Davis, Assistant Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Lily Matos DeBieux, Superintendent, Pendergast Elementary School District Phoenix, Arizona 
  • Annmarie O’Brien, Superintendent, Northwest Arctic Borough School District, Kotzebue, Alaska
  • Eric J, Dueppen, Director of Curriculum, Instruction& Assessment/Interim Chief Academic Officer, Creighton School District, Phoenix, Arizona 
  • Roger Freeman, Superintendent, Littleton Elementary School District, Avondale, Arizona

To view more photos from the trip, visit our Flickr album.