Three Fort Bend ISD campuses – Dulles Middle School, Austin High School and Travis High School – served as host sites to welcome a delegation of 21 teachers and school administrators from Ningbo, China. The group visited FBISD as part of a study tour sponsored by the University of Houston’s Hobby Center for Public Policies in conjunction with Global Unisource, Inc.
FBISD administrators Susan Voradakis, Acting Director of Curriculum; Sandra Harvey, World Language Coordinator; Stephanie Williams, Secondary Mathematics Coordinator; and Jamie Marshall, Secondary Science Coordinator; worked closely with David Guo and Carolyn Gus of the University of Houston’s Hobby Center for Public Policies in planning the event.
While visiting FBISD schools, the delegation had the opportunity to tour the selected campuses, meet with teacher groups, enjoy lunch with curriculum and school administrators, and see learning in action. School administrators and staff were also on hand to answer questions the visitors’ had regarding educational policies and procedures, student achievement, testing and school operations. Each school also held special presentations, including pep rallies and performances by student musical groups, to welcome the delegation.
“We enjoyed preparing for the visit and getting to know members of the delegation, while learning more about the school operations in Ningbo,” said Mary Ellen Edge, principal at Austin High School. During her visit with the delegation, Edge was reminded of the Maya Angelou quote, “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may become friends.”