he Ameson Foundation co-sponsored the International Forum on Educational Leadership and Equality in Jinan Municipality, Shandong Province (also co-sponsored by the Education Department of Shandong Province) on Nov. 1, 2009, at the Shandong Hotel in Jinan.
A delegation of American education experts delivered key note speeches at the forum. The experts included Mr. Ramon Cortines, the Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District; Professor Fernando M. Reimers, the Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director of Global Education and of International Education Policy at Harvard University; Dr. George Entwistle, the Superintendent of Schools of Belmont in Boston Massachusetts ; Dr. Michael Harvey, Principal of Belmont High School; and Professor Sean Zhang, Deputy Chairman of the Ameson Foundation. Almost 500 governmental administrators and education leaders, including elementary school and high school principals, also participated in the forum.
Prof. Sean Zhang opened the forum with a speech followed by Mr. Cortines’s talk on "Cultivating Leadership." Prof. Reimers shared with the education leaders about “Expanding Educational Opportunity for All Students to build a Harmonious Society” in the morning session. Dr. George Entwistle delivered a speech on “Application of Organizational Behavior Principles to School Improvement” and Dr. Michael Harvey introduced “Building a Culture of leadership at Belmont High School” to the audiences. Mr. Zhang Zhiyong, Director of the Education Department of Shandong Province, also spoke at the forum.
In addition, there were insightful and interactive sessions after the talks. Issues such as theories and practices on leadership, education for rural and migrant children and professionalizing the profession of school principals were discussed and debated. The application of innovative methodology brought by the visiting experts was explored in the context of Chinese educational environment, where an enormous progress was made in expanding access to basic and secondary education.