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Superintendent Represents District in China with Education Leadership Delegation

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Binkowski was one of 20 participants who recently traveled to China with the Connecticut – Shandong Education Leadership Delegation. The Connecticut State Department of Education sponsored the field study in support of Connecticut’s longstanding partnership with China through Yale University.

The relationship between China and the Plainville school district began in 2004 when a two person team from Plainville High School traveled to Shandong Province, China to form a sister school partnership with Fanhua Senior Middle School of Zhucheng City. At that time, the partnership was endorsed by proclamations signed by the Plainville Town Council and the Plainville Board of Education. The proclamations reflect the commitment to positive educational international relationships between the United States and China.

The goal of the sister school partnership is to strengthen both friendship and corporate development. During the initial visit in 2004, each school representative signed a Protocol of Cooperation Agreement in a formal ceremony. Through this agreement, both schools committed to exchanging teachers and administrators, and to have students engage in internet and academic exchange, as well as sister school visitations. Another goal of the partnership is to bring together Chinese and American students to increase cultural awareness through media and language instruction. As such, Plainville Community Schools is hoping to introduce Mandarin Chinese Language study in the future.

In addition to Superintendent Binkowski, Education Leadership Delegation participants included additional Connecticut superintendents and educators, Board of Education members from various Connecticut school districts, and representatives from the State Board of Education, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, the Capitol Region Education Council, and Central Connecticut State University. All of the delegation participants have either established a long standing sister school relationship or are beginning one.

“This study of education in China was an experience that illustrated the Chinese culture and their aggressive stance regarding education. They are focused on education as the force that will enable them to become first in the world. China will continue to be influential in international politics and economics. Our students will need to have an understanding of China as a major contributor to the global marketplace,” noted Superintendent Kathleen Binkowski.

“Our partnership with China and our sister school is important to our continued efforts to think globally. We expect that this partnership will result in exciting and enriching experiences for our students in the future,” stated Plainville Board of Education Chairperson Becky Tyrrell.

-Posted on November 17, 2006 at 04:33 PM

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