Keene State Exchanges Ideas with Chinese Educators
Six teachers from six different kindergartens, serving students from 3 to 6 years old, in Gulou School District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, are visiting the Keene area for a week of professional development. The group, which arrived on October 20, will spend time at the Child Development Center at Keene State College, the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, and the Keene Montessori School. According to Dr. Dottie Bauer, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Ms. Deirdre McPartlin, Associate Director of the Child Development Center, and Dr. Yi Gong, Associate Professor of Education, the group will observe classroom teaching, participate in field placement activities at each of the educational sites, share ideas, and discuss current practice with members of the Keene State faculty and students. Keene State College has previously hosted educators from the Nanjing Experimental Kindergarten, and Keene State faculty and administrators have visited Nanjing in the past two years.
“We are committed to building this professional relationship with our colleagues from Nanjing, China,” stated Dr. Ann Rancourt, Associate Provost at Keene State College. “This work benefits teachers and students in both countries and ensures that the most current and effective teaching and learning practices are shared internationally.”