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Pingry Shares Curricular Ideas with Chinese Teachers

Administrators and teachers hosted a delegation from a potential exchange school, Beijing Jianhua Experimental School.

Courtesy of its affiliation with the Asia Society, this fall Pingry was pleased to host a delegation of members of the administrative and curriculum teams from Beijing Jianhua Experimental School, an independent K-12 school whose main focus is on curriculum. According to Mandarin Teacher Weiwei Yu P '26, three of the school's teachers had previously visited Pingry for a partial day and were "really impressed."

This time, the Chinese teachers spent two days observing classes and speaking with teachers and administrators to better understand Pingry's curriculum and management. "It's a good opportunity to develop relationships with other Asia Society-member schools," Ms. Yu says. "They learned what they could apply to their school in China, since not everything we do here can work there. They have put a lot of thought into their education system—it has changed a lot since I was in China over 20 years ago."

Among the Pingry administrators with whom they spoke was Dr. Delvin Dinkins, Assistant Head of School–Basking Ridge Campus. "They had a working knowledge of Pingry as a strong academic school with a heavy focus on coursework at the highest level. They had less of a sense of athletics, arts, and student well-being inside and outside the classroom," he says. "I think their biggest takeaway was the sense of dynamism at Pingry, in terms of students' 'spirit of adventure' with their class choices—we explained that our curriculum is content driven, with space for curiosity and creativity. We also discussed the distinction between college counseling and social/emotional counseling, and left the door open for future exchanges."

Pictured: Pingry Mandarin Teachers Mike Wang (left), Weiwei Yu P '26 (middle, holding banner), and Yifan Xu (second from right) with the delegation from Beijing Jianhua Experimental School.

Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer and Editor of The Pingry Review