NASSP Leads Delegation of U.S. Principals to China to Build Leadership Skills and Relationships

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is bridging the globe to conduct a July series of Great Leaders Summits in China. The summits are a program of the NASSP Chinese Affairs Center (CAC) launched earlier this year.

The standards-based summits will introduce the CAC as a provider of elite professional development for school leaders in China. A team of American principals will present professional development programs to over 2000 Chinese school leaders July 12-26 in five cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing. In each city NASSP President Michael Allison will be a featured guest of the Chinese provincial and city government. He will address each local delegation and will discuss NASSP’s role in promoting principal development, school improvement, and student voice.

The team will also visit Chinese schools in each city to form “sister school” relationships and lead other American schools in forming similar partnerships. The program is sponsored by the Ivy Elite Education Association (IEEA), China’s premiere provider of professional development for principals.

“Our call to maximize the potential of all students to address future challenges requires a global education,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “That global education begins with the leaders, who must reach outside of their own schools and to the other side of the globe to create opportunities for students to expand their worldview. NASSP is delighted to work with IEEA to provide this opportunity to American and Chinese school leaders.”

The summits will feature Principal Kevin Bennett, Associate Principal Mary Pat Cumming, and teacher Michael Elston, teacher, from the FAIR School in Minneapolis, MN, who will lead a program on Effective and Successful Models of School Leadership and will participate in a panel discussion with Chinese principals and school leaders on topics such as parent/community involvement in schools, collaborative leadership, student and teacher assessment, project based learning, and student leadership.

The summit will also feature Ted McCain, a futurist, and author of Teaching for Tomorrow: Teaching Content and Problem-Solving Skills. His presentation, Education in The Age of Disruptive Innovation, will focus on the challenge of education in the digital age. Bill Ziegler, principal of Pottsgrove High School in Pottstown, PA, and James Richardson of Buck Lodge Middle School in Prince George’s County, MD–both 2015 NASSP Digital Principals—will present The Role of the Digital Principal and the Impact of Digitization on High School Curriculum. Their schools will be showcased as successful digital high schools, and they will join McCain in a panel discussion on technology’s impact on teaching and learning.

The team and its Chinese counterparts will present on their Great Leaders Summit experiences at Ignite ‘16 in February in Orlando, FL.

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About NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high-quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils.