To better facilitate the communication with the applicant schools, the SSI Learning Project team organized a principal meeting via video conference from 9:00am to 11:00am on June 23, 2020. There were more than 60 principals and school team liaisons joining the meeting, who were from over 30 schools in Zhejiang, Shandong, Shanxi, Jiangsu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Sichuan and many other provinces or regions. Lu Yunquan, Head of the Principals Group of the Alliance for Improving Scientific Literacy (AISL) and Principal of the Beijing 101 Middle School Education Group, together with the regional cooperation managers in Shanxi and Shandong, as well as the advisor group members of the SSI Learning Project also attended the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Lin Jing, Project Leader and Director of the Science Improvement Department of China Collaborative Innovation Center of Assessment for Basic Education.
The meeting included three main topics. To begin with, Lu Yunquan, Head of the AISL Principals Group and Principal of Beijing 101 Middle School Education Group, made a speech on the SSI Learning Project. He gave full recognition to the project jointly launched by China Collaborative Innovation Center of Assessment for Basic Education at Beijing Normal University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From the perspectives of family-country and international vision, as well as the relationship between humans and nature, and by combining the requirements and concerns of the global PISA2021 to creative thinking, Lu Yunquan emphasized the significance of SSI learning in developing students’ social responsibility and enhancing the integration of their scientific literacy. Then, Lin Jing gave a detailed introduction to the SSI Learning Project in terms of its background, objectives, organizational structure and tasks. She pointed that the SSI Learning Project will adopt principal responsibility system to ensure its effective implementation. Finally, the participating principals and liaisons initiated questions, discussions and exchanges on the SSI Learning Project. The Principals raised questions with interest about the content and format of the SSI summer training program. Project Leader Lin Jing and the expert group members responded to those questions and exchanged ideas with each other.
Through the communication with the principals of the applicant schools, this meeting helped the applicant schools understand more about the background, objectives and mission of the SSI Learning Project. As a next step, the project team will conduct further communication and discussion with each applicant school to determine the first batch of SSI Learning Project partner schools in China, and sign project collaboration agreement with the partner schools.