ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Students and staff of Atlantic Highlands Elementary School were excited and honored to host a visit today for a group of 20+ educators from Hangzhou, China. The visit, which was spearheaded by Dr. Michael Searson, from Kean University, and Mr. William Ciullo, principal of Highlands Elementary School, was a wonderful educational opportunity for all involved.
During the course of the day, the educators had an opportunity to visit all three schools in the Tri-District. They began their morning at Highlands Elementary then came for their visit here at Atlantic Highlands. Their day culminated with lunch and a tour at Henry Hudson Regional School.
While at Atlantic Highlands, our visitors were welcomed with a special performance of two songs presented by the fifth and sixth grade chorus. The group was then divided up and teachers and administrators guided small group tours of the building. This provided a wonderful opportunity for them to see all of the programs that are utilized at Atlantic Highlands and to discuss how they compare with programs in China. Many students had an opportunity to interact with the educators, and enjoyed saying hello in Chinese as well as sharing many welcome drawings that they had created. The visiting educators enjoyed seeing the use of technology throughout the building, the displays of student created artwork, witnessing a variety of interactive lessons, and hearing about the many community and parent supported activities that we have including the Tiger Patch Garden, Media Center volunteers, Math Olympics, and Field Day.
The visit concluded with a question and answer session. The discussion group, which consisted of educators from both Atlantic Highlands and China, provided both sides with an opportunity to ask questions, and through the assistance of translators they were able to learn more about each other’s educational systems. Topics that were discussed included special education, preschool and kindergarten programming, vocational schools, technology use, and after-school activities.
Educators and the students of Atlantic Highlands found this opportunity to be very worthwhile and we appreciate all of the effort that went into planning this event!