We were honored last week to host a delegation of educators from Guangzhou City, China. This delegation of teachers, principals and superintendents, affiliated with Beijing Normal University, visited Colorado SmartLabs to learn about innovative approaches to STEM education in the U.S.
The China delegation visited Rocky Heights and Cresthill middle schools (Douglas County School District), The Englewood middle and high school campus (Englewood Schools), Wilder Elementary (Littleton Public Schools) and Merrill Middle School (Denver Public Schools).
Highlights of the tours were meetings with the superintendents of Littleton and Denver school systems and Richard Crandall, Colorado Commissioner of Education. The delegation also enjoyed a Q&A session with STEM students at Cresthill Middle School where both students and delegates had the opportunity to compare and contrast educational systems in the U.S. and China.
Members of the delegation frequently remarked on the level of engagement of students in the SmartLab STEM programs. They were impressed by the use of applied technology for project work, the degree of choice and personalization of learning, and authentic assessment through eportfolios. Common observations were that, though there is no equivalent program in China, Chinese students would benefit greatly from similar opportunities.