ChinaDaily reports on the founder of Pegasus California School - China and California Education and Culture Exchange Pioneer
The California Department of Education is working to forge partnerships and programs with Chinese educators to remain a“dynamic and innovative”education system. The agency that oversees the state's public education has identified China as an important partner to better prepare California's students to succeed in higher education and for future careers.
Last year, the department set up an office of international education liaison, tasked to help California educators forge closer ties with educators throughout the world, with a focus on China. “China is the largest partner of California, economically and culturally. We want to see more tangible and substantial collaboration happening in educational and cultural exchanges,”said Steven Ma, director of the liaison office. “As State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, we do not want to build walls. We want to build bridges,”Ma added.
"Bridge-building" also is the theme of the first International Education Conference recently hosted by the California Department of Education. Educational leaders from China, Mexico, and Northern Ireland joined their counterparts in California to discuss key challenges and opportunities facing each educational system and to identify potential steps for collaboration.
Through the partnership with the institute at Tsinghua, Ma said teachers from China will travel to California and introduce the California teachers to China. Three years ago, he founded the Pegasus California School in Qingdao. All the teachers at the school are California-certified teachers. Ma said California has more than 300,000 certified teachers, and the desire for exchange can be found on both sides.
"When we recruited teachers for the Pegasus California School three years ago, more than 600 teachers applied for 12 positions,”he said.
The Pegasus California School is committed to promoting cultural and educational exchanges between California and China, especially teachers. With the most advanced educational concepts and school-running models, Pegasus California School is committed to inspiring each Child's potential to cultivate more excellent international talents.