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Schools Host Visitors from Near, Far

What do educators in China, the Philippines, Arizona and Ohio have in common?  They’re all among the 37 requests this school year to visit the Long Beach Unified School District to observe successful practices.

The visits include officials from 13 school districts, several foundations and other education agencies, doctoral candidates from Harvard University, and various regional and national media outlets.

Among the reasons cited for such interest are the school district’s status as a five-time finalist for the national Broad Prize for Urban Education as well as the listing of Long Beach schools among the world’s 20 leading education systems by McKinsey & Company, a trusted advisor and counselor to many of the most influential businesses and institutions in the world.  McKinsey serves more than 70 percent of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies.

Recent and upcoming visits here include observers from Fresno, Sacramento, Kern County, Shasta County, Palmdale, Deer Valley (Phoenix), Santa Monica-Malibu, Culver City, Compton, Paramount and Columbus, OH.

A teacher from the Philippines plans to observe Lafayette Elementary School’s successful efforts to raise student achievement, now that the school has earned the Panasonic National School Change Award and is a finalist for the National Center for Urban School Transformation’s 2012 National Excellence in Urban Education Award to be announced next month.