About the China Exchange Initiative

As part of the U.S. - China Exchange Initiative, Dr. Saylor was one of nine administrators from Pennsylvania that traveled to China in April 2011. Dr. Saylor's partner administrator, Ms. Zhao Hong, visited the United States and spent time in the Wilson School District in the fall of 2010. The goal of the budding friendship and partnership between the two educational systems is to provide opportunity for collaborative learning experiences for students from both countries and to enhance the instructional practice of teachers from both educational systems. To share Dr. Saylor's experiences in China, read the posts below. To learn more about the China Exchange Initiative (CEI), please go to: CEI For information about current (and past) participants click on: Shadowing Project

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 1

Finally on solid ground!
The first day was definitely a travel day – 2 ½ hours in the air from Philly to Chicago; 14 hours in the air from Chicago to Beijing (we were slowed down by air traffic control over the north pole) and another 2 hours in the air from Beijing to Xi’an (plus 1 hour waiting on the tarmac for flight clearance).  It was approximately 8,000 miles from Chicago to Beijing and 579 miles from Beijing to Xi’an.  Given these numbers, what was the average speed of the planes in flight (to and within China)?  
Check out the photo below – our Pennsylvania group – tired, and queasy from the descent into Beijing, but happy to be beginning our adventure in China!

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