Springtime in Shanghai for Ameson’s most recent delegation
ith education increasingly global and the globe increasingly interested in China, now is a fascinating time to visit the Middle Kingdom. With the goal of expanding the horizons of educational research along with the worldviews and workplace capabilities of education professionals, the Ameson Foundation regularly invites delegations of educators at all levels to experience education in other countries. Our delegations to China feature the best of both worlds: expert educators share cutting-edge knowledge from their specialty areas, while improving their understanding of education in their host country through an open exchange format.
Latest Work: Council of the Great City Schools 2013
Ameson has brought foreign delegations to China for nearly two decades . Our latest delegation was a group of 5 superintendents from some of America’s largest urban school districts: Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Orlando, Saint Paul and Cleveland. The delegates signed agreements of cooperation with various cities in eastern China, and toured schools at the pre-k, primary, secondary and post-secondary level. But most meaningful of all was the comprehensive and honest discussion with their Chinese counterparts that happened both around the round table and around the dinner table, discussing different approaches to shared challenges, and further laying the groundwork for global curriculum reform which adapts the strengths of the world’s educational systems.
Past Delegations: Admissions delegation, 2012
Ameson brings together education professionals from around the world to share their expertise. In 2012, Ameson invited 21 university representatives from the United States to Beijing for a week of exchange focused on admissions reform. Almost non-existent just ten years ago, the field of college counseling has become one of the fastest growing markets in the Chinese economy. With the enormous number of Chinese students hoping to study abroad, these counselors must have a grasp of the Chinese system as well as the university systems of at least the United States, the U.K., Canada, Australia, Italy, France, Spain and Germany.
This can be a daunting task for college counselors, many of whom have never studied abroad, or have first-hand experience with only one of these countries. In response, American university officials held a series of workshops on topics ranging from secondary school relations, admissions and financial aid terminology, developing an effective high school profile and writing an effective letter of recommendation.
Past Delegations: Independent School Principals 2012
Principals from NAIS, SAIS and CAIS pose with Ameson representatives at the Sun Yatsen Mausoleum in Nanjing Located along the Yangtze River, Nanjing has been a center of Chinese arts and culture for thousands of years. In 2012, the city played host to a delegation of 11 principals from American independent schools . Led by Steve Robinson, President of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and Paul Miller, Senior Director of Global Initiatives at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the delegation also included members from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).
During their visit, principals had a chance to visit some of Shanghai and Nanjing’s top high schools, interact with students and confer with their Chinese peers about future exchanges through Ameson’s SAYA program. The delegation’s visit also coincided with an educational forum hosted by the Jiangyin Education Bureau and featuring educational professionals from the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, Norway, Sweden, Australia, South Africa and Italy.
Educational issues, from early childhood development to admissions reform, have outgrown national borders. Here at Ameson, we believe learning and teaching are truly global endeavors, and we seek like-minded education professionals from around the world to join us in this mission.