worked with Heritage of America and Dr. Nieto on a number of
educational programs since the early 1990s. He has made
contacts and established relationships and programs throughout China
for Heritage of America in cities including Tianjin City, Beijing,
Shandong,Shanghai, Chengdu, and X'ian, and Baodi. He
introduced us to our good friends Zhang FuLing and Sun
ZhiHong in Tianjin City at
the Bohan Elementary School, and Guo
BaoKui and Yang
ZhiCheng of the Nankai Educational
Bureau. In additon, he developed strong programs in higher
education with several Chinese universities for Heritage of
America. Of special significance, Mr. Wu provided tremendous
leadership and introduced us to Ms. Ma Zhimin, Principal of
Kindergarten No. 21 School
in Tianjin City, who exposed us at Heritage of America to the
incredible abacus program. The Kindergarten No. 21
School and it's teachers have been
recognized world-wide for their teaching methods and contributions
to the abacus
program. Due to the impressions of the
tremendous educational gains and accomplishments which we witnessed with
the abacus program in China, we decided at Heritage of America to
invite Ms. Ma and her teachers to Bakersfield to give us a two week
training workshop on how to teach it to our students (see
photos). Superintendent Ken Chapman of the Beardsley
School District who had traveled to China on several occasions to
visit Chinese schools, helped us immensely to make this educational
experience a reality. Ms. Ann Georgian of the Kern County
Superintendent of Schools, who also traveled to China and
observed the abacus program the previous year, also assisted
us with this training program in Bakersfield. In 2005, Ms. Ma
and several of her world recognized abacus teachers came to
Bakersfield the previous year, for a two week program to train
American teachers in the use of the abacus. We still have a
desire to expand this program at Heritage of America to other
teachers and school districts in California, the U.S., and to other
Ms. Ma also was part of a semester long program with other educational administrators and teachers of the Nankain Educational District, entitled the International Cross Cultural & Academic Development Certificate Program (I-CLAD) through the Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Sheryl Santos of California State University Bakersfield with Heritage of America, that came to Bakersfield in 2002 to study under the auspices of CSUB, Heritage of America, and Dr. Nieto. Long term educational relationships were established as a result of this program.
Photo (above): The International Cross Cultural Language Development Certificate Program with the Tianjin Nankai Education Bureau (I-CLAD)- 2002. Principals and teachers from the Nankai School District took courses through Heritage of America and California State University Bakersfield and received a Certificate from Heritage and CSUB. Click on photo to enlarge.
Photo (above) presents (L-R) Dr. Jess G. Nieto, Executive Director of Heritage: , Patricia Rainey, Heritage Co-Director, Lu Rong Wang, Program participant, Dr. Sheryl Santos, Dean- CSUB Dean of School of Education; Ma Chang Bin, participant: Graduation of I-CLAD Certificate Program, April 2002.
This photo (below) shows (L to R) Ellis Wu, Heritage Director of the Tianjin Office, Rogelio Vargas, President of the Heritage Board of Directors, Dr. Nieto, Lu Ming Chen, Assistant & wife to Mr. Wu.
Photo (above) shows members of the Nankai Education Bureau education group receiving their Certificates of Completion of the I-CLAD Certificate Program (International Cross Cultural Academic Development).
Ellis Wu has additionally provided leadership in bringing numerous delegations of educators and students from all levels of education to Bakersfield. Mr. Wu was also very critical in coordinating the presentations of Dr. Nieto and Ken Chapman with Yang ZhiCheng at the "2007 UNESCO Nankai International Forum on High Quality & Harmonious Development of Education" in Tianjin City, China in October-November 2007 (see photos below).