Rock Hill teachers head to China with Winthrop group

adouglas@heraldonline.comJune 11, 2013 

Students in China will use a classroom next week similar to those in Rock Hill’s India Hook Elementary School as teachers and Winthrop University representatives travel to Beijing.

Crystal Guyton, principal of India Hook, and two elementary teachers left for China on Tuesday for a 10-day trip.

Beijing school officials have purchased similar desks, iPads and other instructional materials for the Rock Hill group to use while with Chinese students.

The American educators will demonstrate effective teaching strategies and share tips on how India Hook Elementary has become a high-performing school, according to a news release from Winthrop.

Jennie Rakestraw, dean of the Winthrop’s Richard W. Riley College of Education, picked India Hook as a high-performing school.

While in China, the Rock Hill delegation will share tips on how to use technology in the early grades and how to shape a teacher education program.

Lisa Johnson, associate education dean, and Beth Costner, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will present sessions on teacher preparation, educational assessment and Winthrop’s NetSCOPE School Partnership Network program.

Winthrop officials also hope to sign agreements with two schools, ZhongGuanCun Third Elementary School in Beijing and Shangahi Far East school in Shanghai, that will allow senior teacher education majors to spend two months in China before graduation.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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