Some Shenandoah County Public School students will soon be hosts to an international visit.
A Chinese delegation of 28 will be touring Shenandoah County Public Schools on March 6.
Superintendent Mark Johnston said in an email he was contacted about six weeks ago about hosting the delegation, a mix of school administrative leaders and teachers. They are interested in touring elementary and middle schools Johnston wrote.
The group will tour W.W. Robinson Elementary School and Peter Muhlenberg Middle School. At the end of the day, a brief panel discussion will be held with Jennifer Proctor, principal at W.W. Robinson; Morgan Saeler, principal at Peter Muhlenberg; and Gabby Ryman, assistant superintendent for teaching, learning and innovation.
“Both Jennifer and Morgan are planning to engage their students in leading aspects of the tours as they have done for groups such as Leadership Shenandoah County during Education Day,” Johnston wrote.
Triway International out of Falls Church is coordinating the visiting team's travel. Triway is affiliated with the American Association of School (AASA), he stated.
Triway's website describes its main activities as organizing "professional development training programs designed for Chinese delegations in the United States, and (engaging) ourselves in many bilateral exchanges between the two countries."
Johnston, who is a member of AASA, previously taught a one-day seminar on American education to a Chinese delegation at the Falls Church campus of the University of Virginia.
“We have attended other events of theirs in the past, most recently, an event in Fairfax County at which Missy Hensley, principal at Central High School, gave an overview of the American high school to a visiting delegation from China," Johnston wrote.
"Several of our principals and central office administrators participated in the Fairfax event," he added. "The group was interested in Missy's presentation, in particular, since we are a rural division and many schools in China are in rural settings.”