Go Global NC Learns Best Practices at “2017 Chinese Bridge Delegation”

Posted January 18, 2018

delegates from 2017 Hanban bridge delegation

2017 Bridge Delegation (Source: Hanban.org)

Go Global NC supported a delegation of North Carolina educational leaders who were invited to China from November 3-11 to attend the “2017 Chinese Bridge Delegation,” an event designed to help American and Chinese educators “create a bridge” to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese language, culture, and education. The annual gathering is sponsored by Hanban (the Office of Chinese Language Council International) in partnership with the College Board, a U.S. mission-driven nonprofit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

During their visit to Sichuan province, China, Go Global NC representatives Tom Martineau – associate director, education and training – and Rachel Rosenbaum – program coordinator, education and training – were among nearly 200 educational administrators and principals representing 28 United States and the District of Columbia. They were welcomed with a ceremony in Beijing followed by presentations from well-known scholars about best practices and resources to build and support Chinese language and culture programs in the classroom. Attendees visited Chinese K–12 schools and universities in different provinces, met with Chinese educators and observed classes to establish partnerships with Chinese schools and network with colleagues. They also experienced the sights of China firsthand, with a focus on the contrast between its rich traditional culture and modern development.

The North Carolina delegation was also hosted by the Sichuan Department of Education in Sichuan province, where they visited schools in and around the provincial capital of Chengdu, creating the potential for new programs.

Click below to see a short video of activities Rachel captured while at the Bridge Delegation.

Global Teachers Germany 2017: Day Nine

Orientation | Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Day Four | Day Five | Day Six | Day Seven | Day Eight | Day Nine | Follow-Up

Day Nine

On the final full day in Germany, the delegation did independent field study and Challenge by Choice activities. For some participants, they saw Munich the way many do: by bike.

Some teachers explored the city by tram or subway.

Other participants saw the city by foot.

And others took in the city’s finery.

All in all, according to the delegation, the program achieved what it set out to: a new understanding of the global educational community and renewable energy.

Global Teachers Germany 2017: Day Eight

Orientation | Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Day Four | Day Five | Day Six | Day Seven | Day Eight | Day Nine | Follow-Up

Day Eight

Day eight started with a sobering tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Located outside of Munich, Dachau was the first concentration camp opened in Germany and was intended for political prisoners. The classification of prisoners changed in 1935 as new groups, including LGBT individuals and immigrants, were sent to the camp. The camp was liberated on April 29, 1945 and opened as a memorial site in 1965. Approximately 800,000 visit the memorial site each year. The Global Teachers delegation found the visit “powerful and emotionally challenging” and unforgettable.

Shane Dagenhart looked at the experience through a history teacher’s lens.

As a history teacher I always try and bring the past to life. I always try and put myself back into historical situations to have a better understanding of the events to help teach my kids. As I did that today, my heart broke. There were moments that I didn’t want to look back at this history. How could human beings do this to others?

North Buncombe High School teacher Ben Graham reflects on the emotions of not only traveling to Dachau with Global Teachers, but the feelings of traveling over all that he wants to bring back to his students.

In the afternoon, the delegation visited the Deutsches Museum, a museum that focuses on science and technology that hopes to “inspire people to play an active role in shaping the future.

They even found a bit of North Carolina in the museum!