Chinese administrators from Hubei Province in China are scheduled to visit the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Chinese administrators from Hubei Province in China are scheduled to visit the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

G-J curriculum coordinator Rae White said the guests would be greeted by district administrators and the Lincoln High School Chinese III or IV students Wednesday morning.

They will observe several high school classes prior to walking to Lincoln Elementary School, where they will observe guest teacher Chen Yi in a Lincoln art room.

Altogether 14 Chinese administrators will visit Ohio through Dec. 10.
Two of the visitors, Huang Jian, deputy director of Hubei Province, and Sun Xianqing, will stay in Columbus and be hosted by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

In addition to their stay in Gahanna, the administrators will visit Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools, the Statehouse, the ODE and Ohio State University. On Saturday, Dec. 4, 12 of the visitors will meet with 12 principals and superintendents from various districts around the state and will spend the next week in their respective host's district, studying American education.

The exchange program is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA), the Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the ODE, in cooperation with the China Exchange Initiative in Newton, Mass.

Gahanna-Jefferson is one of 22 school districts nationwide and one of two Ohio districts to receive a Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, G-J in February were selected as one of 20 schools in America to be a part of the Hanban-Asia Society Confucius Classroom Network through which the district started a global partnership with a sister Chinese school in Kunming, China.