Four Horry County Schools officials will head to China next month as part of a program where they will learn about the country’s educational system while establishing connections meant to reach into local classrooms.
Superintendent Cindy Elsberry, school board members Harvey Eisner and Karen McIlrath, and Melissa Schamel, district coordinator of English for Speakers of Other Languages, will travel Nov. 7-15 as part of the 2012 Chinese Bridge Delegation, a group of K-12 and higher education leaders from around the country who will be guests at China’s Hanban Institute. The program is designed to help educators start or strengthen their own Chinese programs and partnerships.
“Our vision in Horry County Schools is to prepare our students to be competitive beyond South Carolina and to be able to compete around the nation,” said Elsberry, who said learning a second language, as they do in other countries, gives students another advantage. “We’re becoming a global society, and we must understand the competition.”