During the weekend of January 14-15, 2012, six current teachers and two alumni of Concordia Leadership Academy (CLA) met together in Jiangmen, Guangdong, China to support each other and to advance the CLA program. CLA is a leadership and life skills training program developed by CWEF and implemented by middle school & high school teachers at their schools.
The meeting participants came from Xiangshan High School (Guangdong), Heshan #1 High School (Guangdong), and ECNU #3 Middle School (Shanghai). The Guangdong schools have been involved in the CLA program for several years, and their annual winter meeting is a time for teachers to come together, share successes, learn from one another, and build community. The two Shanghai teachers, Xie Xinchun & Yan Yingchun, are launching CLA with migrant students at their school during Spring semester 2012. Being new to the program, it was invaluable for them to be welcomed into this community of teachers in Guangdong who see the value of CLA for their students and wish to share their knowledge with other educators.
The group discussed the purpose of CLA and ideas for how to improve evaluation of the program’s impact. Teachers also formed teams to plan sample CLA lessons and together they demonstrated these lessons to the rest of the participants, followed by discussion and suggestions for improvement.
We were also very pleased to have two alumni of CLA come back to join the meeting. Jenny Xu and Ocean He are former CLA participants at Xiangshan High School. Both are currently attending university and plan to become teachers themselves.