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Education Discussed in Haidian Visit

Photo: Foreign Delegation HaidanWanting to facilitate educational exchange with successful schools in China, Dr. Rick Krustchinsky, associate dean of the Undergraduate Program in the School of Education, along with a delegation of school principals and administrators from the Haidian Educational District, met to discuss the training of math and science teachers in Texas on Jan. 15.


Haidian is one of several districts of Beijing, China, and it is widely considered to be among the most elite school districts in all of China. Many students who are groomed for leadership in China receive their education in Haidian.


“My experience presenting a lecture to the Chinese delegation was so exhilarating,” Krustchinsky said. “The representatives from China loved to hear about how we train math and science teachers utilizing our Arts and Sciences faculty in conjunction with teacher education.”


In 2007, the City of Houston signed an agreement with Haidian in which both agreed to facilitate and promote exchanges in education. This delegation is one of several visits between this region that will take place in 2013. The delegation is visiting the United States to learn more about its educational system and methods of instruction. 


“What made the presentation so exciting was the delegation was comprised of mainly junior high and high school leaders, and they had a host of questions about training teachers in Texas,” Krustchinsky said. “They were interested in the many issues we face, including recruiting and retaining good math and science teachers.”


Tyler Smith, coordinator of Special Projects and International Trade & Development for the Mayor's Office of the City of Houston, helped guide the delegation.


“The time Dr. Krustchinsky provided to the delegation contributed to their highly successful visit to Houston and has reinforced the ties between our city and one of its major international partners,” Smith said.


Wu Yinghui, director of the Beijing Haidian Education Research Institute, is leading the delegation. The delegation’s tour of Houston includes visits with administrators from Houston Independent School District and trips to several schools in the area. They are meeting with the Harris County Department of Education and will meet with University St. Thomas, Rice University and University of Houston.

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