More than two dozen of America’s best teachers are kicking off their summer in grand fashion—with an EF Professional Development Tour to China.
This week, 26 recipients of the 2011 NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence touched down in Beijing to begin their 10-day educational and cultural tour. The trip, which is sponsored by the NEA Foundation and the Pearson Foundation, includes visits to schools in Beijing and Shanghai, where educators will observe and interact with Chinese teachers and administrators.
In preparation, participants completed an online professional development course that provided them with a framework to contextualize their experiences in China by examining the impact of the country’s historical and cultural legacies on contemporary Chinese society and educational system.
You can follow the tour, which includes visits to the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors, by reading daily observations on the Pearson Foundation blog.
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