Collaborating to Increase Partnership: Summit on US/China Education

Leaders in business, education and policy engaged in an open dialogue about how North Carolina has progressed in Chinese cultural programs and to discuss collaborating to increase partnerships at the 3rd Biennial Summit on US/China Education held last week.

The US/China Education Summit was held at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation on NC State’s Centennial Campus. The summit addressed three key questions:

    1. How will tomorrow’s American and Chinese workers work together?

    2. How will the two most prominent nations of the world maintain peace and prosperity?

    3. How will future leaders in the U.S. and China communicate and collaborate with each other?

“Pooling our intellectual capital and sharing best practices about partnerships between the US and China are essential as we continue to globalize education, said Dr. Hiller Spires, professor of literacy and technology and FI senior research fellow. “This year’s Summit demonstrated high levels of commitment from government, business and education in advancing this agenda.“ Spires initiated the original Summit in 2008 and continues to serve on the planning committee.

Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson, North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction opened the summit with a welcome and Dr. Tom Ross, President, University of North Carolina, was the keynote speaker. Special guest speakers included, Dr. Randy Woodson, Chancellor, North Carolina State University; Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman NC State Board of Education; Keith Crisco, Secretary of Commerce, NC Department of Commerce; and Wang Guangfa, Chairman of Fazheng Industries Group and Principal of the Beijing Royal School.

Panel sessions featured current US/China relations topics: work and career readiness, diplomacy, and media and communications. An important aspect of this summit was the breakout sessions which highlighted academic benchmarking in the US and China, curriculum of globally competent students and developing teacher knowledge about the world. Dr. Jayne Fleener, Dean of the College of Education, facilitated a session on educating teachers about the world, in which she shared the College’s expansive efforts in internationalizing teacher education.

The first summit, held in May 2008, featured national speakers addressing the value of US/China K-12 partnerships and described effective policies and programs that support global learning. North Carolina educators described current collaborations and partnerships, shared best practices, and offered opportunities to establish new partnerships with Chinese educators. To formalize these relationships, the NC Board of Education and the Jiangsu provincial department of education signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore future collaborations.

In the four years since this MOU was signed, North Carolina has seen expansion in the growth of Chinese language. This summit enabled educators, policy makers, and business leaders to network and focused on educational opportunities and initiatives.  Invited speakers and panelists shared their insights and expertise regarding current and future educational collaboration.

The 2012 Summit was organized by the Center for International Understanding, Friday Institute, the State Board of Education, NC Department of Public Instruction, the Confucius Institute at NC State University, and the NC Business Committee for Education and was free and open to the public.

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