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Chinese science teachers visit Cascade High School to observe teaching strategies

As part of a three-year professional development program, a group of eight National Science Teacher Association conference teachers from Beijing visited science classrooms at Cascade High School to learn about U.S. science education in December.
Chinese science teachers reviewing Cascade High School science instruction. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From a December 17, 2019, Everett Public Schools news release.

As part of a three-year professional development program, a group of eight National Science Teacher Association conference teachers from Beijing visited science classrooms at Cascade High School to learn about U.S. science education.

The group was led by Drs. Norman and Judith Lederman from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

“Having the opportunity to visit classrooms and see firsthand how inquiry and student classroom instruction occurs was a highlight of their visit to the U.S.,” shared Dr. Judith Lederman.

Dr. Norman Lederman said the group represented a selection of of outstanding Beijing science teachers.

Lederman commented, “They were very impressed with the strategies Everett teachers used to encourage their students to work together and take responsibility to be curious self-motivated learners."

Everett Public Schools science classrooms are an international model and this was a perfect opportunity for these teachers to learn more on the teaching of Scientific Inquiry and Nature of Science.

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