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March 15, 10:18 AM click here to comment > 0

Details on education effort in mayor’s delegation to Chongqing

[Editor’s note: The following guest blog post was written by Karen Kodama, International Education Administrator, Seattle Public Schools; Board Member, Confucius Institute of the State of Washington. For more information about the delegation to Chongqing, please read Mayor Mike McGinn’s blog post HERE.]

The trip to Chongqing, China is very important for the education delegation. The education delegation is going to Chongqing to visit our sister schools, bring good wishes from their sister schools in Seattle and introduce Mayor McGinn to these wonderful schools. We also will have a meeting with the Chongqing Municipal Education Commission to discuss increasing the number of sister schools with Seattle Public Schools. We have three schools who would like to start this relationship. We will discuss the importance of having Seattle students visit Chongqing and be immersed in the Chinese language and culture. For those students who have had this opportunity in the past, it has been a transformational journey.

Our relationship with the schools and principals in Chongqing and the Chongqing Municipal Education Commission has been vibrant and the bonds are strong. We cherish their friendship and mutual cooperation. Chongqing Municipal Education Commission is the official partner institution with Seattle Public Schools and K-12 Education in the State of Washington. This partnership was started in April 2010 when we formed Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA). A delegation from the Commission attended the opening ceremony of our CIWA, two principals from our International Schools and I visited Chongqing in October 2010 to attend the international student competition hosted by the Chongqing Municipal Education Commission, as well as visit sister schools. Then, in April 2011, principals from our sister schools in Chongqing (Nankai Secondary and Renmin Primary) visited Seattle and will do so again this year. Students from Nankai Secondary visited their sister school, Chief Sealth International High School in the spring of 2011 and students from Chief Sealth IHS will visit Nankai in the spring of 2012. This exchange program started in 2001. In December 2011, our CIWA directors attended a meeting in Beijing. The founder of OneWorld Now! and Seattle Strong was also there to attend a meeting regarding the 100,000 Strong Initiative. The director of International Cooperation and Exchange at the Chongqing Municipal Education Commission came to Beijing to meet with us on the student exchange program.


Posted by: Aaron Pickus, Spokesperson