School exchange programs aren't just limited to swapping students; The Algoma School District will welcome Chinese Exchange Principal Mr. Zhang Xiaohua for a short visit later this month.
The visit is the second half of the exchange plan. It comes after Sturgeon Bay Superintendent Joe Stutting and Algoma Superintendent Ron Welch visited Xiaohua and his school in Shijiazhuang City, China earlier this year.
Welch says even though the schools are literally on different sides of the world, school objectives are the same.
Even with the similarities though in their endgame, Welch says the visit is a great opportunity to remind people there is a big world out there, and it's essential to make sure our kids are ready for it.
Among the academics Algoma will be featuring to Xiaohua, Welch is excited to show off the District's science department, because Xiaohua comes from a background of teaching Physics.
Welch says he also hopes to highlight the technical education program, as he observes that as a potential area of growth for the more traditional academically based programs he saw while in China.
Xiaohua is in the United States for about three weeks, and will spend a few days in Algoma with some time in the class room and some time getting to know the area. Xiaohua will visit Madison and some other American Schools during his visit as well.