Overview

The China Leadership Delegation is a 10-day program designed to support education leaders in deepening their understanding of China and strengthening their institution’s cultural exchange programs and partnerships.


The 2020 Delegation will travel to Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing from Thursday, 16 April to Sunday, 26 April 2020. 

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Purpose

At Alpha Partners Education, our mission is to internationalize secondary school education around the world, preparing youth for global challenges and opportunities. Since 2014, Alpha Exchange has served this mission by building partnerships between over 50 schools across 20 US and Chinese cities and facilitating two-way homestay exchanges for 1,000 of their students. In order to cultivate the institutional culture and global awareness required for these programs to expand and thrive, we have expanded our mission to provide travel opportunities for school leaders from China and the US for both personal and professional growth.


As educators in the 21st century, we are challenged to prepare our students with the skills, knowledge and experiences that prepare them to come together across the globe and address the critical and complex issues facing our world today. It is therefore our responsibility to develop our own cultural competency in order to support the development of global understanding in our students. We can then design learning experiences that better reflect cross-cultural understanding and prepare our students to be global citizens. 

Objectives

The China Leadership Delegation provides US school leaders with unique opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Visit Chinese schools
Build meaningful partnerships in China
Explore three of China’s most popular cities
Attend the US-China youth forum
Join a network of globally-minded educators in the US
Learn how to implement global learning at your school
Itinerary

A full schedule of programming in Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou.

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Planned Tourism

Highlights include Yuyuan Gardens, French Concession, The Bund and Shanghai Tower in Shanghai; Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou; Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall of China and the 798 Art District in Beijing.

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School Exchange

The delegation will be split into groups of 3-4 for immersive half-day visits to schools in Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing and attend the second annual US-China Youth Forum at the prestigious Keystone Academy in Beijing on 25 April, 2020, exchanging ideas with other educators from over 50 schools around the world. 

Partner Homestay
Free Time

You will have free time to explore Shantang Street and Pingjiang Road in Suzhou as well as the Hutong area of Beijing around Houhai Lake. You can also opt out of planned tourism activities if you like but note that these are included in the price and cannot be refunded.

School Visits

Visit three local secondary schools

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Immersive Tourism

Explore three of China's most popular cities

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US-China Youth Forum

Meet students and educators from around the world

Beijing

The cultural and political capital of China for nearly a thousand years, Beijing is a city steeped in history and tradition. From the monumental architecture of the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven to the glittering skyscrapers of the central business district, Beijing encapsulates the complexities and contradictions of modern China. Despite being a modern, international city, Beijing still retains many of its authentically traditional charms and Beijingers are fiercely proud of their city’s ancient heritage. For example, Beijing’s distinctive hutong (alleyway) neighborhoods date back to medieval times and are a great place to watch local residents going about their daily business or just relaxing with an outdoor game of cards or Chinese chess. Apart from its historical character, Beijing’s atmosphere is also shaped by its status as China’s capital city. The majority of China’s most prestigious universities, research institutes, and government ministries are centered in Beijing and enhance the city’s international profile as a center of governance and scholarship. With its intoxicating blend of ancient and modern, Beijing is sure to have something for every visitor.

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Shanghai

Sometimes described as the “Big Apple of China”, Shanghai is China’s largest city and its financial and commercial hub. Shanghai’s position on China’s eastern coast (indeed, the name Shanghai literally means “on the sea”) has traditionally made it one of the “gateways to China” and has long attracted the ambitious and commercially-minded. The city’s history has been largely defined by trade and interaction with the outside world and this legacy can still be felt strongly today as Shanghai is one of China’s most cosmopolitan and globally-minded cities. Shanghai is also a symbol of China’s breakneck economic growth over the past few decades. The city’s iconic skyline includes some of the world’s tallest buildings and sits on land that was essentially uninhabited as recently as 1990. Reminders of China’s semi-colonial past can be found in the European-style architecture of the French Concession and the Bund, and the dazzling neon lights of the stores along Nanjing Road are sure to impress all but the most jaded shoppers.

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Suzhou

Sometimes referred to as “The Venice of the East”, Suzhou’s beauty has inspired Chinese painters and poets for centuries. Crisscrossed by picturesque canals and dotted with serene gardens, Suzhou’s scenery has become a byword for elegance, giving rise to the famous saying roughly translated as, “Above there is Heaven, on Earth there is Suzhou.” A city of almost uninterrupted historical significance, Suzhou served as the capital of the state of Wu prior to the unification of China under the Qin dynasty in 221 BC. Since then, the city has borne witness to two millennia of Chinese history experiencing periods of prosperity and ruin under successive rulers and invaders. Today, Suzhou is a quick jaunt from major regional centers like Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Nanjing and offers a welcome respite from the bustle of Chinese city life.

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Delegation Leaders

The 2020 Delegation will be led by two co-founders of Alpha Partners Education and the former Headmaster of Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the United States. 

Lynne Mooney Teta, Ed.D.
Stewart Johnson (蒋思哲)
Ethan Feng (冯宇辰)

Cost to Delegates

The Delegation is subsidized by Alpha Partners Education at an all-inclusive price of $2,380 USD (US Delegates) or £1,980 GBP (UK Delegates).

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