Stony Brook University was selected by the Chinese Education Association for International Exchange, a not-for-profit organization, to host 14 secondary school administrators from China in August as part of the 2013-2014 China-United States Upper Secondary School Leadership Training Project. The objective of the training was to promote communication and understanding among educators, scholars and administrators, as well as to learn about different cultures, societies and educational backgrounds to meet the challenges and requirements of the globalization trend in the classroom. During their stay at Stony Brook the high school principals enjoyed tours and attended workshops given by faculty in the School of Professional Development. Their off-campus trips in the New York Metropolitan area included area high schools, a tour of Brookhaven National Laboratory, CEWIT, Stony Brook Southampton, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and New York City Hall. As for their favorite Stony Brook takeaways the visiting principals cited openness, a beautiful campus, academic professionalism, smaller classrooms with more hands-on learning and less reliance on testing. Stony Brook personnel pictured are Dr. Yu-Wan Wang, associate dean of international admissions (front row, center), Admissions Counselor Christopher Flores (back row, fifth from left) and Admissions Advisor Stacey Acquaro (front row, far left).
(Photo by John Griffin)