Start a Program
The first step to creating a Chinese language program in your school is to make a strong case for it throughout the greater community. Watch and share this video: As with any new education endeavor, the Chinese program should assemble a broad-based committee of community and professional stakeholders. Here's a stakeholder worksheet to help you plan who should be at the table: download (1-page PDF) This worksheet poses initial questions to help guide the planning committee in setting long- and short-term goals for the Chinese language program: download (1-page PDF) Visit our website or consult with our handbook for other practical advice.
One focus of the 2010 National Chinese Language Conference is on how to build and sustain high-quality partnerships between Chinese and American schools. Hear from the schools who've done it. Get practical advice and planning tools to get started. Here is a related article from Asia Society's Chinese Language Initiatives website: How to Forge Partnerships “Knowing what I know now, it’s pretty intimidating,” admits Daniel W. Gregg, Director of the Connecticut Shandong School Partnerships of the Connecticut State Department of Education, speaking about forging partnerships with Chinese schools. So, how does one break down the process of initiating and forging a long-term relationship ...
Policy and Practice Come Together in DC
Visit schools and hear from policymakers! Official DC tourism site: http://washington.org/ Getting around DC: http://map.mapnetwork.com/destination/dc/ DC weather: http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USDC0001?lswe=Washington,%20DC&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_typeahead Freer + Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian: http://www.asia.si.edu/
China Across the Curriculum
Prior to the conference, we will share with you some resources that can link your program to the humanities, arts, and sciences. AsiaSociety.org Curricular resources for elementary and secondary schools Asia for Educators website Rich primary resources and rigorous curriculum are hallmarks of this website National Consortium for Teaching about Asia runs teacher professional development programs nationwide and offers lots of opportunities--including study trips to China--to help integrate China throughout the curriculum. Asian Educational Media Service offers a huge database of Chinese films that bring China to life for your students. iEARN.org and ePals allows schools in China and the United States to collaborate on ...