Suzhou North America High School

Suzhou North America High School: Connecting to the Future is funded by the Wuzhong Group in partnership with Jiangsu Province Educational Excellence Foundation. The new school is intended to educate students who plan to enroll in top U.S. universities, with a curriculum that incorporates creative thinking and problem-solving skills that the American education system emphasizes, but which is not a widespread practice in China.

Approached to be a creative partner on the project, Spires and her team are helping design the school, including a rigorous and global curriculum, dynamic pedagogies, emerging technologies, and collaborative learning spaces.

Ultimately, the project’s goals are:

  • Provide leadership for the development of a teaching, learning, and technology plan for the school.
  • Provide consultation on the physical and technological design of the new facility to ensure that it supports contemporary teaching and learning systems.
  • Provide ongoing training for educational staff in pedagogical approaches that support active learning.
  • Create student and faculty academic exchanges between NC State University and SNA to expand the range and depth of global research and competence in both organizations.


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Hiller Spires
Project Lead

Erin Lyjak
Project Manager

Marie Himes
Curriculum Specialist