The teachers are from Handan Gangyuan High School in the city of Handan, China. They are learning about American culture and education systems. Mingus staff members are hosting the guests, both in their homes and shadowing at school.
In November of 2014, the principal of Handan Gangyuan High School shadowed Dr. Tighe for a week and then Dr. Tighe visited their school in March. The hope is to send a group of Mingus teachers to China in June and then expand the exchanges to include students next year.
The initial exchange was part of the U.S. – China School Administrator Shadowing Project, sponsored by the China Exchange Initiative.
Through the Teachers of Critical Languages Program, Mingus was able to get a grant to host a Chinese teacher and begin to offer Chinese language classes.
“We are very excited to host our colleagues from China, as part of a goal to better prepare students for success in our ever-growing global economy,” Tighe said. “The world is seemingly smaller due to technological advances. The more students understand Chinese culture and language, the more opportunities they will have as relationship between the two countries with the world’s largest economies expand.”