Chinese Delegation Visits Foothills Elementary

Chinese Delegation Visits Foothills ElementaryA special group of dignitaries from China paid a visit to Foothills Elementary School recently to observe students and educators in the Chinese Dual Language Immersion (DLI) classrooms in the school.

Accompanied by Foothills principal Cherie Wilson, several administrators and staff members from Jordan School District, as well as State Senator Howard Stephenson, Dan Stephenson, Randy Favero from the Silver Park Group and Utah Chinese DLI Director Stacy Lyon, the delegation from China was in Utah as a part of a program to explore a joint educational and cultural program called Sister Communities of Learning.

The delegation came from the Jiading District of China, which is a suburban district in the northwestern part of Shanghai. They included Mr. Wang Hao, The People’s Government of Jiading District Deputy Mayor, Mr. Yao Wei, The Education Bureau of Jiading District Director, Mr. Shen Feng, The Cultural, Radio, Film and Television Administration Bureau of Jiading District Director, Mr. Fang Jian, The General Office of the People’s Government of Jiading District Deputy Director, Ms. Qian Weiqin Jiangqiao Town People’s Government of Jiading District Deputy Director, and Ms. Zhang Hongxia, Waigang Town People’s Government of Jiading District Deputy Director. The group was accompanied by Mr. Huang Jinsong and Mr. William Wang from Qtone, a company that is involved with the STEM center in China.

Through exchanging ideas and cultural experiences in a collaborative learning environment, students and educators in Utah and China can have the opportunity to work together on projects, competitions, cross-border exchanges, as well as curriculum development. The program aims to focus on activities that will assist students in increasing their knowledge across all STEAM areas. Students will also benefit from cross-cultural learning, furthering opportunities for all participants.

The delegation visited other school districts along the Wasatch Front to learn more about DLI programs and how schools can benefit from cross-cultural experiences, as well as building Sister Communities of Learning partnerships.