Gary school chief headed to China with educators
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/302-0949 October 1, 2013 8:42PM
Gary Community Schools Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt takes notes as she visits a first-grade classroom during a focus walk through at Dr. Bernard C. Watson Academy for Boys in Gary, Ind. Wednesday December 12, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 3, 2013 6:25AM
Gary Community School Corp. Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt is joining a group educators on a trip to China next week.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz is leading the delegation that will visit schools, meet with education and government officials, and examine teaching practices. From Oct. 9-19, the Indiana educators will look at assessment and teacher evaluation methods in the Chinese public school system.
The group will also visit cultural sites in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing.
Global Indiana: A Consortium for International Exchange is organizing the trip. The not-for-profit group has been providing study trips for educators since 1997. Next week’s trip will be its 11th since 2006.
Pruitt said the insight she will gain will be valuable.
“Global awareness is really important to our children as we prepare them for a workforce that will look different than it looks today,” she said. “It is important to educate children in our district to be culturally sensitive and ethical across continents. Student achievement is a concern and issue all over the world. China is good at math and science; we are good at raising creative, innovative students who are problem solvers. We can learn from each other.”
Pruitt said the Wirt/Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy is offering a course in Chinese now and school officials hope to offer it at the elementary level soon.