Special Events

Thursday, March 2

12:30 – 2pm
Federal Relations Luncheon

Get the real scoop on the important education issues being shaped in Washington — on Capitol Hill and among key players in policy development — at the always insightful Federal Relations Luncheon.

1 – 3pm
Special Contracts Session

No part of a superintendent’s working conditions is more important than the contract with the school board. Get an overview of key contract provisions for superintendent contracts and contract provisions to be avoided, and participate in a discussion of who should negotiate a contract for a superintendent. Understand how a superintendent can avoid being terminated and key provisions of severance agreements should termination be necessary.

Tickets, sold on a first-come, first-served basis, are limited to the first 125 participants and can be purchased when you register.


Robert McCord, Research Professor-in-Residence, AASA, Alexandria, VA;
Maree Sneed, Attorney, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Friday, March 3

11:45am – 1:45pm
Effie H. Jones Memorial Luncheon

As a networking opportunity for women and minorities, and all who support their leadership, this annual luncheon will feature a powerful speaker who will address an important educational equity issue. Purchase your ticket to attend this high-energy luncheon.

10:45am – 12:15pm
Room 220
U.S.–China K–12 Education Exchange & Cooperation — Retrospect and Prospect

The blooming of internationalization in education and the deepening of U.S.–China cultural and educational exchanges and cooperation have brought about substantial increase in K–12 educational exchanges between the two countries. You may have noticed that the number of Chinese students in the U.S. has been growing rapidly, in universities and colleges, in high schools, middle schools and in elementary schools. Recent years have also witnessed an increase of bilateral sister schools’ connections as well as summer camps that are everywhere in the two countries. In China, English learning has been popular among the younger generations, and in the United States, Chinese language studying has been gaining momentum. What achievement might the exchanges and cooperation bring to K–12 education? What impact would they have on K–12 education? How should we better plan, manage and evaluate these exchanges and cooperation in K–12 education? Let’s hear from educators from both countries and brainstorm!


Phyllis Pajardo, Assistant Superintendent, City of Fairfax School District, Fairfax VA;
Hailing Wang, Vice Principal, The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China (RDFZ), Beijing, China;
Diego Wilson, Administrator, Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts, Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA;
Yiqun Zhang, Counselor, Consulate-General of the PRC in Houston, Houston, TX

2:45 – 4:45pm
Room 221
Comparison of U.S.-China Education System

The STEM education of the U.S. and China each has its own advantages and disadvantages. It is widely believed that Chinese education is test-based and focuses more on solid theoretical knowledge while U.S. education focuses more on creativity and active thinking. Is this the reality? Nowadays we are in an era of ever-growing globalization of education. Traditional learning methods are being questioned and challenged, and new methods are quickly emerging, and always with followers. There is no universal rule. Listen to first line educators from the U.S. and China share their insights and experiences.


Rick Folwell, National Trainer, JASON Learning, Caldwell, ID;
Qi Mi, Vice Principal, The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China (RDFZ), Beijing, China;
Amy O’Neal, Director of Education, JASON Learning, Mystic, CT;
Eleanor Smalley, President and CEO, JASON Learning, Ashburn, VA;
Sheng Zang, Deputy Director, Nanjing Bureau of Education, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China