The Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston organized a year-end work review meeting on December 13, 2016 to review educational collaboration projects between Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) and Houston Independent School District (HISD). The Education Division was pleased to welcome Mr. Richard A. Carranza who previously served as superintendent in San Francisco Unified School District and was named superintendent of HISD this August.
This meeting also provided the opportunity to honor Mr. Greg Meyers, a trustee of the Board of Education at HISD for 12 years and long term educational partner with Taiwan MOE. Mr. Meyers resigned from the position and will serve on the Board of Education until the end of this year.
In Director Sophie Chou’s welcome remarks, she recognized Mr. Meyers’s support and accomplishments in connecting teachers and students of the United States and Taiwan together. His efforts created a platform for educators and children to communicate with one another on an international scale. His endeavors greatly assisted Taiwan MOE and HISD in achieving many projects that benefit teachers and students. The Education Division has worked together with HISD on projects including the following:
l Establishing agreement for visiting Taiwanese teachers to teach Chinese language classes in HISD: Visiting Teacher Program 2014, 2015, 2016
l Holding Mandarin language education workshop: Innovations in Mandarin Education 2014
l Providing HISD students of disadvantaged families with an opportunity to take on short-term studies in Taiwan: Prominent Young Scholars to Taiwan 2014
l Accommodating educational exchange programs: Taipei Youth Folk Sports Group 2015 and 2016; Starlight Foundation Storytelling Delegation, 2016
l Establishing educational partnership: Agreement on Education between Taipei Department of Education and HISD 2015; Partnership between Huiwen Elementary School and Sharpstown International School 2016; Huiwen Elementary School and Ed White Elementary School 2016
l Establishing partnership among schools: Partnership Proclamation between Huiwen Elementary School and Sharpstown International School 2016; Huiwen Elementary School and Ed White Elementary School 2016
l Creating student exchange opportunities: International Pen Pal Project between schools in Taipei City and in HISD 2016
l Opening after school Mandarin Chinese language classes for underserved students: WOW Taiwan Mandarin Program 2016
l Initiating teacher exchange program: Teaching in Taiwan Teacher Exchange Program 2017
Educational officers of HISD, Mr. Lance Menster, Mr. Jeff McCanna and Mr. Adam Stephens; school principals, Mr. Chaolin Chang, Mrs. Jade Adams, teachers and students also attended the meeting. They took the opportunity to give their best wishes to Mr. Meyers and applaud his dedication to education. Superintendent Carranza noted that he is grateful the children of our community are provided with abundant opportunities for international experience. Their hopes and dreams are expanded and enriched by the great events and initiatives that have been created for them. Through his collaborative spirit and actions, Mr. Meyers nurtured a sturdy partnership between Taiwan MOE and HISD. Under the leadership of the new superintendent, this good friendship will continue to grow and thrive into full bloom as the days move forward.