Two dozen high school principals and teachers are on a two-week tour of Indiana schools. Tuesday’s schedule had them at Ben Davis High School in the MSD of Wayne Township for the entire day. According to Phil Boley, vice president for Chinese Education Connection, the visitors especially enjoyed Principal Sandra Squire’s introductory remarks about teachers caring for students and how students need to connect with at least one adult.

The group is made of up educators from Indiana’s sister state in China, Zhejiang Province. An Indiana company called the Chinese Education Connection contracts with the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education to provide professional development to their educators.

Ben Davis was the fourth high school on their schedule, including others among IUSA membership.  The group began with Brownsburg and New Palestine high schools last week, and went to Franklin Central High School (in Franklin Township Community School Corp) Monday.  On Thursday the educators will visit North Central High School (in MSD of Washington Township).

“In addition to the school visits during their two-week stay, we have presented lectures on the structure and governance of American education as well as on the American high school experience,” said Phil Boley, vice president for Chinese Education Connection. Guest speakers have included IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox and Mick Bridgewater, Executive Director of the Indiana State School Music Association. The group also heard from Linda Brown, the College and Career Counselor at Fishers High School.

The visit to Ben Davis was a highlight for the educators, Boley says. “I overheard one principal compliment Ben Davis Principal Sandra Squire on the wonderful things happening at the school and that it is a compliment to her leadership that things appear to be going so well.”

This post was created thanks to a collaboration with Mary Lang, Chief Communications Officer, MSD of Wayne Township.

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