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CoCE hosts the thirteenth Advanced Seminar for Chinese Principals

A delegation of Chinese principals and local education administrators visited Teachers College and participated in the 13th Advanced Seminar on Education Management and Innovative Leadership hosted by Center on Chinese Education (CoCE) from November 11th to 16th, 2012. Mun C. Tsang, Professor of Economics and Education and the director of CoCE, welcomed the delegation.  

During the five days, the delegation participated in seven lectures given by Dr. Susan Sclafani, Vice President of Programs, Pearson Foundation; Professor Robert Monson, senior lecturer in education leadership; Professor Pearl Rock Kane, the Klingenstein Family Chair Professor of Education Director; Eric Nadelstern, the former deputy chancellor of New York City Department of Education; and Professor Ellie Drago-Severson, Associate Professor of Education. These lectures addressed the issues of curriculum, school management, leadership development, teacher education and accountability and evaluation. The Chinese educators also exchanged their opinions and ideas on the similarities and differences of the two education systems with the lecturing professors.

One highlight of the seminar is school visiting in NYC. The delegation visited three schools: Carroll School, East Side Middle School, and PS 126 / Manhattan Academy of Technology. When the delegation arrived at each school, the principal assistants welcomed them with a brief introduction of the school. Then the delegation was divided into three groups and visited the classes with the guidance of principal assistants and other teachers. The Chinese educators were curious about how the teachers deliver lectures and how the students perform in class. They walked into classrooms with permission and observed several classes in different subjects. The observation inspired a discussion on the differences in educational practice in the two systems. They were also very interested in the students' homework hung on the wall.

On November 16th, 2012, the delegation members finished the last lecture in Teachers College and were awarded certifications of graduation. "I did learn more about the advantages of the American education system. I hope to apply some of them in my future work", one of the principals summarized his gains from the seminar when interviewed.