Three principals came up to me after my speech and asked if they were able to join forces with our school for the National Association of Independent Schools 20/20 Challenge. In the end, we are going with Beijing School #80 which we had the distinct pleasure of visiting and getting to know the vice principal there. It was an exceptional school with large buildings, elaborate courses schedules and tons of innovative extracurricular activities. Included in the 5000 + student school was an international school of 100 students. The school had a planetarium, a pool, an entire building dedicated as a library, a building just for teacher meetings, and a building just for standardized test instruction. In addition to a turf field, basketball court, and art wing, students had high tech classrooms and teachers had sophisticated faculty rooms. In addition to a rather high tech and spacious facility, their faculty and staff seemed very dedicated and knowledgable. They hung not just student work, but photographs of students engaged in learning and extracurricular activities all over their campus, even utilizing outside billboards and walls of buildings. Their determination to empower and celebrate students in their learning was inspirational.
|Dr. Abe Tawil (CSO of MDYHS), Li Xiaojun(VP of Beijing No 80), me, Sabrina Maleh (MDYHS Associated Principal), and Doris Pokras (Head of Global Career Services and US BIE contact) at Beijing School No 80|
|I love this sign on the conference room in the teacher's meeting building.|