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For Educators

Professional development programs for teachers and outreach programs to schools are critical components of China Institute’s education efforts. Over the years, through the courses and workshops we offer, hundreds of teachers and schools nationwide have, in turn, been able to reach thousands of students, enriching their understanding of, and sensitivity to, Chinese culture, society, history, and language. For over 80 years, China Institute has been at the forefront of a concerted effort to promote a deeper understanding of China, and these educator programs are a key reason why we continue in that leadership role today.

Upcoming Programs

Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution: A Night on History for Chinese Teachers | March 6, 2015
This Professional Development Workshop offers a unique opportunity for K-12 language educators wishing to deepen their understanding of China and bring that knowledge into the classroom. China Institute Gallery’s art education program, Discover China Through Art (DCTA), will introduce participants to the exhibition Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution and to Chinese ink art workshops of painting and calligraphy. By looking into over 80 mango-related items and a related video, the Gallery tour will help participants to understand the interaction of material culture and politics in China during this period. More…

Plan for Better Teaching: A Pedagogy Short Course | Starts March 8, 2015
“Plan for Better Teaching” (PBT) is a short course designed for in-service Chinese language teachers to learn best practices in the standards-based classroom. Participants will learn key concepts and examine issues related to curriculum development, instruction, and assessment. By engaging in a lesson-plan development project, participants will have the opportunity to implement lesson plans in their own classrooms and individually discuss their work with Dr. Wei-Ling Wu during mentoring sessions. More…

Mandarin for Future Mandarin Teachers (MFMT) | July 6 – August 14, 2015
Mandarin for Future Mandarin Teachers (MFMT) was established in 2006 through Confucius Institute at China Institute (CI@CI), a partnership between China Institute and East China Normal University (ECNU), located in Shanghai. This summer program provides scholarships for a select group of pre-service and in-service Chinese language teachers to take professional development courses taught by distinguished ECNU professors who are leading scholars in their respective fields. More…