Utah Teacher, NEA Foundation Awardee, to Tour Chinese Schools


The NEA Foundation and Pearson Foundation Sponsor Cultural and Educational Tour

Karen Gorringe, a 6th grade teacher at Bluffdale Elementary and a 2011 recipient of the  NEA Foundation’s Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE), is one of 26 nationally recognized public school educators  who will spend 10 days on an educational and cultural tour of China, from June 22 to July 1, 2011. This is the first year that the trip has been offered to the recipients of these prestigious awards.

“These hard working and committed educators received this award in February because of their efforts to strengthen their practice and to elevate the profession,” said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. “We believe that their observations and lessons learned during the tour and visits to Chinese classrooms will deepen their cultural competency to the benefit of their students and colleagues.”

The 10-day tour of China, which includes visits to schools in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, will provide educators with structured opportunities to observe high-quality instruction and interact with Chinese teachers and administrators. In preparation, participants have completed an online course that has provided them with a framework to contextualize their experiences in China by examining the impact of China’s historical and cultural legacies on contemporary Chinese society and educational system.

“Because of the unique nature of this learning opportunity, and in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, we aim to broadly share their experiences through daily blog posts, with journal entries, photos, and, when possible, videos,” Sanford said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to virtually share their insights and knowledge gained with other educators, and we intend to offer a similar opportunity for the 2012 state ATE awardees.”

Names and photos of the 2011 ATE awardees participating on the China tour this summer are posted on the NEA Foundation’s website. Daily blogs will be posted on the Foundation’s blog and on Facebook and Twitter. The tour is designed and led by Education First and sponsored by the NEA Foundation and the Pearson Foundation.

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