Six Chinese educators spent the week touring Courreges Elementary School in Fountain Valley. They shadowed teachers, met with students and participated in the jog-a-thon fundraiser.
The five principals and one teacher from Shenzhen, China, came as part of a 20-member delegation scheduled to visit four schools in the area with the goal of learning from the U.S. educational system.
"We want our students to get more global ideas," said Chinese teacher Tiffany Cai. "We want our students to learn in the way that American students, or Western country students, are doing."
Courreges Principal Chris Christensen said the Chinese delegation also had the chance to meet with school board members and the superintendent. On Thursday, some of the foreign educators ran with the children in the school's jog-a-thon, Courreges' biggest fundraiser.
Cai noted differences between the two countries' educational systems but also similarities: "the teachers' strong love of their students" and the students' willingness "to learn and ... to communicate."