The Shenzhen Nanshan District Education Bureau presented the ninth annual Dragon & Eagle Dialogues on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The event was held at Shenzhen Yucai Education Group Primary School No. 4 in Shekou.

This year’s Dragon & Eagle Dialogues was titled: Cities: On Living Together in Community. The Nanshan District English teachers (Chinese nationals) and students in grades 1-12 prepared for the dialouges using the Great Books Foundation’s Shared InquiryTM method. The readings are from literature in humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and integrated studies. This year’s discussions included Chinese students and teachers, leaders from international schools, and foreign teachers. The event also included TED Talks for the upper grades. All discussions were led by teachers who have been trained in the Shared Inquiry method of teaching and learning by the Great Books Foundation.

The Dragon & Eagle Dialogues began in 2010 when Elisabeth Montgomery, senior adviser on internationalization for the Shenzhen Nanshan District Education Bureau, worked with the Shenzhen Yucai Education Group to design English summer programs for Chinese students and teachers. Americans trained in the Shared Inquiry method and Chinese English teachers worked together to develop the summer camp and to plan the first Dragon & Eagle Dialogues.

“We’ve come so far since the first dialogue,” Montgomery said. “Topics for the event have included everything from gender economics to Chinese folktales. It is absolutely amazing the amount of work our teachers and students have done to make the Dragon & Eagle Dialogues possible using Shared Inquiry. It was always our main aim that in addition to engaging and stimulating students, our Nanshan District English teachers would have the opportunity to collaborate with international and foreign teachers and to share what they had taken from readings.”

Over the years, the event has included a wide range of topics and several sponsors:

2010

Topic: 课堂文化 Chinese and American Teachers – Classroom Cultures
Sponsor: Yucai Education Group/American Scene Summer Camp

2011

Topic: 教育与家庭 Chinese and American Parents – Education and Family
Sponsor: Yucai Education Group/American Scene Summer Camp

2012

Topic: 与伯克利高中交流-学生保护环境 Student Leaders for the Environment, with Berkeley High School in California
Sponsor: Shenzhen Yucai High School International Department

2013

Topic: 食品安全与动物保护 Food Safety and Animal Ethics
Sponsor: Shenzhen Yucai High School International Department

2014

Topic: 水,我们的神圣资源 Water: Our Sacred Resource
Sponsor: Shenzhen Yucai High School International Department

2015

Topic: 我们是否阴阳合二为一?性别经济、性别平等和性别伦理 Are We Together as One? Gender Economics, Equality, and Ethics
Sponsor: Shenzhen Yucai High School International Department

2016

Topic: 外太空,最后一个可持续发展与合作的疆土 Outer Space: Sustainability and Cooperation in the Final Frontier
Sponsor: Shenzhen Nanshan District Education Bureau

2017

Topic: Worldwide Fairy Tales (Canceled)
Sponsor: Shenzhen Nanshan District Education Bureau

2018

Topic: 用英语讲述中国民间故事 Chinese Folktales as Told in English
Sponsor: Shenzhen Nanshan District Education Bureau

2019

Topic: 城市:关于共同生活的跨文化对话 Cities: On Living Together in Community—A Cross-Cultural Dialogue in English
Sponsor: Shenzhen Nanshan District Education Bureau

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