Morningside High, Monroe Middle, Welcome Teachers from China

After observing classes at Morningside, the delegation gathered for lunch in the library.

Morningside High School and Monroe Magnet Middle School have opened their classrooms this week to a delegation of 44 teachers from China.

The middle school educators from Suzhou, a city roughly 62 miles northwest of Shanghai, spent Tuesday, July 7, touring the Morningside campus and observing summer school instruction. The delegation visited nearby Monroe Middle on Monday and planned to return on Wednesday.

Morningside High School Principal Dr. Reginald Sirls said he was proud that MHS faculty, staff, administrators and students were able to host the Chinese Teachers Training Delegation.

The visiting teachers split up into small groups at Morningside and spent time in various summer school classes.

“We find it beneficial to gather what they believe education standards should be, and compare ours and theirs,” he said. “We’re looking forward to their input and observations.”

This marks the second year the school has welcomed visitors from China; last year, Morningside introduced a group of Chinese students to their counterparts in Inglewood.

Zhang Jinming, one of the teachers in attendance on Tuesday, said the school visits have helped expose educators to new teaching styles and methods. “We just want to know the differences to see if it is helpful to us,” he said.

MHS Principal Dr. Reginald Sirls, with Emma Li Zhaomei, a middle school teacher from Suzhou.

Members of the delegation spent Tuesday morning in various classrooms before gathering in the library for lunch.

An afternoon workshop covered various topics, including an introduction to American education and Western teaching; the importance of effective college guidance; the role of testing, grading, activities and volunteer service; and examples of U.S. university admission standards, among others.

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