Delegation From China Visiting West Seneca Schools Through Nov. 18

September 27, 2013 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Delegation From China Visiting West Seneca Schools Through Nov. 18

September 27, 2013 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM EDT

(WKBW release) West Seneca Central School District staff and students are excited to welcome delegates from the Education Bureau, Hebei District, Tianjin, China who arrived Wednesday.

The educators from abroad will continue their exchange with the West Seneca schools through Friday, Nov. 18.

The delegation consists of 18 administrators, principals and “super teachers,” whose visit was coordinated through Dr. Shuching Chen of the Center for Cross-Cultural Exchange.  Mr. Liu Zhen, assistant chief of the Education Bureau of the Hebei District, leads the delegation. The Hebei District has nearly 300,000 students and is located in northern China.

The educators from China toured West Seneca Central elementary schools on Wednesday and will visit the middle and high schools today and Friday. The group is making its rounds in a yellow school bus; a mode of transportation that is new to the guests, as there are no school buses in the Hebei District. They will also take part in a session this afternoon to exchange ideas and practices with West Seneca administrators.

So far, the visitors have expressed enthusiasm in seeing West Seneca classrooms, meeting students and even enjoying pizza and wings. They have expressed particular interest in learning about West Seneca’s science classes, character education programs and methods of staff development and assessment.

The group will travel to Washington, D.C. after leaving West Seneca.