Principal Wang and AHSP Teachers at the AP English meeting
Published on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 17:20
n June 16-17, the American High School (+AP) Program held a major workshop in Ameson’s Nanjing office. 65 key teachers in 14 AP subjects from AHSP schools across the country participated in the workshop, which focused on the successes and challenges facing the AHSP in implementing an AP curriculum in Chinese schools and determining the curricula for the next school year. Other participants included AHSP Program Director Wang, consultant Cao Yamin, Director of the Office of Academic Affairs Byron Jiang, Deputy Director of Teaching and Research Tommy Zhang, Deputy Director of the Student Office Luo Fei, Director of the Preparatory Department Tom Zhang.
After welcome speeches from Byron Jiang and Principal Wang, the teachers introduced themselves one-by-one and were then divided into 9 groups by subject. Teachers briefly discussed the issues most important to them in turn. Shandong Experimental High School teacher Stephen Castleberry noted that while a student’s scores are important, true education is about giving students the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. “We have a responsibility beyond good scores….we need to focus on true education, not just the ‘trick’ for the SAT.” In the afternoon group discussions, teachers focused on sharing personal teaching methods and experience and discussing the syllabi, teaching materials and applications for next the next academic year.
Great scores get you looked at [by colleges], they don't get you in.
Stephen Castleberry, Shandong Experimental High School Teacher
On the second day, Chief College Counselor Vivian Fiallo emphasized the importance of home room teachers to students’ development, and the Director of the Media and Technology Department Anil Ramsey gave a demonstration of the i-SmartStudy e-learning system that Ameson has been developing. After the morning’s presentations, the teachers once again split into groups to finalize their curricula for the next year.
The American High School Project has always maintained teaching quality as its top priority. At the end of every semester, key teachers are brought together from schools around the country to hold a large-scale teaching and research workshop, designed to draw on the knowledge and experience of these teachers in determining educational targets for the next semester, share teaching techniques, and comprehensively improve AHSP’s curriculum.