A delegation from the Ning Bo, a city close to Shanghai, China, visited Austin High School on recently as part of an educational tour of area schools. The group was comprised of mostly teachers who were selected by the Chinese government as outstanding in their craft, having received many accolades as master teachers in their Math, Science, Social Studies, English as a Second Language, and Chinese Language and Literature classes. The teachers were accompanied from some administrators from their schools. The group was sponsored by the University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy, facilitated by Mr. David Guo.
Members of the delegation asked a variety of questions about the school’s educational policies and procedures, student achievement, testing and school operations. The Mission of AHS is to provide an atmosphere of high expectations for all students in their pursuit of academic achievement as well as to assist each student in the development of a positive self image, responsible citizenship, and cultural awareness in an effort to become productive, lifelong learners in evolving global society. This visit lends aligns with the school’s mission. Through several classroom observations in Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages, this is exactly what the delegation saw. The principals were on hand to answer their questions.
After the classroom observations and tours, delegates were given lunch and given time to meet AHS teachers. The guests also attended a special presentation in the Auditorium from AHS Fine Orchestra and Angels. Mrs. Mary Ellen Edge, the principal of Austin High School stated “we had so much fun preparing for our visitors and enjoyed getting to know more about them and the school operations in Ning Bo.”