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Chinese students coming to Norwin School District

September 1, 2018

Maofa Huang, head of school at Peking University New Century School in Wenzhou, China, asks Norwin High School seniors Chad Sanderson, Camdyn Bill and Matthew Kevicki questions about a robotics project during a visit to Norwin High School on Feb. 8.

A group of about 16 Chinese elementary and middle school students are expected to attend classes in the Norwin School District next month as part of an educational and cultural exchange program.

The visit was arranged after 10 Chinese teachers and administrators toured Hahntown Elementary and Norwin High School in February to see hands-on education in the district’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes.

“The Chinese are very interested in the Norwin School District. The Chinese took note of STEM education,” Superintendent William Kerr said.

The school board on Tuesday is expected to approve the cooperation agreement with International Foundation-EDU China of Beijing for its Youth Ambassador Program. The agreement with the Bejing international education consulting company runs through June 20, 2023, and will link Norwin with the two private Chinese schools -- Peking University New Century School and Wenzhou Dalton Elementary School.

The Chinese students, who will be fluent in English, will live with host families and participate in Norwin’s academic programs during their three-week visit, according to the agreement. The IFA’s Youth Ambassador Program will pay the host school district $450 per student per week, including fees for the hosts.

Depending on the success of the initial exchange program, Kerr said another group of Chinese students could come to Norwin from late January through early February.

Kerr said the district hopes to have three Norwin educators travel to China in September and possibly in November. The details of those visits have not been finalized, he said.

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