TJ Develops International Partnerships
Tsinghua Faculty Learns the TJ Way
In February, five educators from the main campus of Beijing’s Tsinghua University High School (THS) and one from Tsinghua University visited TJ for an intensive introduction to our unique approach to high school education. The visit encompassed eight very full school days, exposing the Chinese educators to a broad cross-section of TJ faculty and staff. For example, one day included a session with five Lab Directors, a session with senior research lab students, an alumni presentation, and a tour of the Science Fair, and the following day featured a Lab Director session, classroom observations of a research lab and two AP science classes, an overview of TJ Diploma requirements, and a presentation on evaluating student research.
The educators, who aim to learn how best to adopt aspects of the TJ curriculum and operation, were overwhelmed with information but extremely appreciative of both the formal presentations and the warm welcome they received from the entire TJ community. PTSA and Chinese community volunteers provided several home-cooked lunches and led the guests on evening and weekend outings to DC sights, shopping destinations, Hope Chinese School, and more.
As part of the TJPF’s arrangement with THS, TJ faculty and staff may also travel to Beijing during school breaks. In addition, THS has made a significant contribution to the Campaign for TJ to assist the School with its growth and development (see also Back-to-School 2014 issue).
TJ to Assist Educational Exchange Foundation with STEM High School Plans
Since 2005, TJ has hosted Chinese exchange students traveling under the auspices of the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation (Ameson), a non-profit, non-governmental organization headquartered in DC that is dedicated to promoting cultural exchange and educational cooperation between China and the rest of the world. In what Sean Zhang, Ameson’s Executive Vice Chair, called “a new beginning to our seven-year collaboration,” TJ Partnership Fund (TJPF) committed to assist Ameson as it embarks on launching its first STEM high school in China.
Pursuant to the agreement, TJPF will facilitate Ameson’s research into best practices, selection of faculty, and ongoing progress evaluations as the foundation begins to establish the Thomas Jefferson International Schools, private high schools modeled on TJ’s curriculum, administrative practices, and evaluation system. This agreement between Ameson and TJ’s non-profit foundation serves to further their mutual goal of expanding access to educational opportunities for young people.