It was an uncommon scene in a small classroom in Randolph County: Four headmasters from rural China seated with a group of enrapt middle-school students, discussing education policy and Southern barbecue.

These Chinese educators, and 14 of their counterparts, spent eight days reflecting with school leaders in some of North Carolina’s most rural counties.

Dr. Ye He, associate professor in UNC Greensboro’s Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education, helmed the visit.

“To prepare global-ready students and lead global-ready schools, educators need to participate in intercultural exchanges,” Dr. He says.   

Her mission as a teacher educator is to engage teachers at the local and international level. She emphasizes strengths-based, diverse-language, and culture-centered teaching. 

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Originally published Spring of 2018. Written by Elizabeth Harrison. Photography by Mike Dickens.