Professional Development

Teach China is a comprehensive professional development program offered by China Institute to provide a wealth of opportunities for K-12 educators to enhance their knowledge of China, past and present. We take an interdisciplinary approach consistent with national and state-mandated standards in order to help educators incorporate the teaching of China into all subjects and grade levels, including Mandarin language learning, the humanities, social studies, and the arts. Teach China promotes cross-cultural understanding through the use and creation of authentic materials, the presentation of balanced perspectives, and the fostering of enduring connections between educators around the world.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshop:

Han Dynasty in Chinese and Global History


Friday, April 21, 2017, 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Registration Fee: Free
Speaker: Prof. YU Renqiu
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Join China Institute on Friday, April 21, for a professional development workshop. This content-based professional development workshop will discuss the significance of the Han Dynasty in Chinese history and culture through a close examination of some key issues and documents, and explore these issues in a global context. Presented in conjunction with the upcoming China Institute Gallery exhibition, Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity (楚王梦: 玉衣与永生), the purpose is to provide the workshop participants a deeper understanding of the Han Dynasty and its connection with the world. Additional reading and resources for K-12 educators will be provided.

All participants will receive a professional development certificate jointly issued by NYS Language RBE-RN at NYU and China Institute upon successful completion of the course.

Speaker: YU Renqiu is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies Program at Purchase College, State University of New York. Professor Yu has published many articles and book reviews on Chinese history and Chinese American history in professional journals. At Purchase College, he has taught the courses Traditional China and China in the Modern Age for the past 25 years. Professor Yu has been engaged in academic exchanges with Chinese faculty and students at Sun Yat-sen University and other Chinese universities for over 20 years. His Chinese-language critical essays and reviews have been published in Shu Cheng and Shanghai Shuping (Shanghai) and other magazines and newspapers.

This workshop is presented by Confucius Institute at China Institute in collaboration with the New York University Project Developing Chinese Language Teachers (DCLT) and the NYS Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Educational Resource Network (RBE-RN) at NYU.

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For questions or to register by phone, please contact Lin Yongqiang at 212-744-8181 ext. 141 or by email at [email protected]


Past Event

The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War, with Facing History

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Saturday, February 25, 2017. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration Fee:$10
Speaker: Juan Castellanos
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

What is the relationship between war and war crimes? How does our understanding of World War II change when we confront the history of the war between Japan and China?

In this professional development workshop from Facing History and Ourselves, we will introduce Facing History’s resource The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War, which details the events unfolding in China and Japan in the years leading up to World War II in East Asia, and the Japanese occupation of the city of Nanjing, China, in 1937. We will examine the choices individuals and groups make in the midst of war and issues of judgment and accountability during episodes of collective violence and in their aftermath. Learn More >>


The Six Dynasties for Chinese Language Teachers: A Developing Chinese Language Teachers (DCLT) Workshop

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Friday, November 4, 5:30PM – 8:30PM
Event Fees: FREE
Location: China Institute, 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

China Institute welcomes Chinese Language Teachers to join us on Friday, November 4, for a unique professional development workshop tied to the exhibition Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd –6th Centuries. This exhibition explores how Chinese arts and literature thrived, Buddhism spread, and China’s interactions with the wider world flourished during a time of disunity and chaos in the Six Dynasties period.Participants will take part in China Institute Gallery’s art education program, Discover China Through Art (DCTA) and tour the exhibit. The DCTA program will be tailored to serve the needs of language teachers and will be followed by a lively discussion about how the content can be applied to Chinese language studies and the classroom. Afterwards, participants will enjoy a group dinner.

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To register online, please visit REGISTRATION PAGE. For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected] The number of participants is limited.


Gender, Identity & Race in Contemporary China and Multicultural America: A Touching Home in China Workshop for Grades 6-12 Educators

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Saturday, November 5, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Speaker Name: Melissa Ludtke
Event Fees: $10 Members/$15 Non-Members
Location: China Institute, 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In this professional development workshop, China Institute partners with Touching Home in China to introduce a stimulating, cross-cultural curriculum focused on in-depth learning about contemporary China. Its wide-ranging topics speak to the rippling consequences of China’s one-child policy, stretching from gender issues in China to the challenges of bicultural identity in the United States.

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To register online, please visit www.chinainstitute.org. For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected] The number of participants is limited.


Responses to Chaos: Art, Religion and Literature in the Six Dynasties Period: A Professional Development Workshop for K-12 Educators

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Saturday, October 15, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Event Fees: $10 Members/$15 Non-Members
Speaker: Morris Rossabi, Marsha Stewart, Pearl Lau
Location: China Institute, 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Join China Institute on Saturday, October 15th, for a professional development workshop for K-12 educators that will explore the impact of the Six Dynasties period as an important bridge between the Han and Tang dynasties, peaks of China’s political power and cultural influence. The significance of the Silk Road during the period will also be discussed. A morning lecture session will be led by Professor Morris Rossabi, Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University and the Distinguished Professor of History, CUNY Queens College. Following lunch, participants will tour the exhibition Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, which features more than 100 ceramics, sculptures, calligraphy and paintings from the third to sixth centuries that will put the workshop material into solid context. The afternoon will be dedicated to a two-hour pedagogy and working session for participants to develop lesson plans for their classroom. This session will be led by master educators Marsha Stewart and Pearl Lau. The workshop subject matter will be applicable for educators teaching in world history and social studies, arts & literature, and Chinese language.

A professional development certificate for five hours will be issued to participants upon completion of the full-day workshop. Additional Six Dynasties resources and materials for educators and students are available at www.china360online.org

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For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]


Fall Educator Open House & [email protected] 10th Anniversary Celebration

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Wednesday, October 5, 4:00 – 6:30PM
Event Fees: FREE
Opening Remarks: Carmen Fariña, New York City Schools Chancellor
Location: China Institute, 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

At this Open House celebrating the start of the school year, China Institute welcomes K-12 educators to learn about our fall programming and resources, including our Gallery Exhibition Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, children’s outreach workshops, our Discover China Through Art (DCTA) program, and professional development programs. This event will also feature the official re-launch of our website for educators and students: China360 (www.china360online.org).

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For questions or to register by phone, please contact Michael Buening at 212-744-8181 ext. 149 or by email at [email protected]


The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War

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Saturday, May 7, 2016. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Event Fees:$10
Speaker: Juan Castellanos

What is the relationship between war and war crimes? How does our understanding of World War II change when we confront the history of the war between Japan and China?

In this collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves, this workshop introduces their new resource, The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War, which details the events unfolding in China and Japan in the years leading up to World War II in East Asia, and the Japanese occupation of the city of Nanjing, China, in 1937. We will examine the choices individuals and groups make in the midst of war and issues of judgment and accountability during episodes of collective violence and in their aftermath. Learn More >

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Plan for Better Teaching: A Pedagogy Short Course

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Saturdays, March 12, 19; April 2, 9
9:30AM-3:30PM
Event Fees:$180 Members / $200 Non-members
Speaker: Dr. Wei-ling Wu (吴威玲)

“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 talk about key concepts and examine issues related to curriculum development, instruction, and assessment. By engaging in a lesson-plan project, participants will develop skills and strategies to implement the standards in their own classrooms. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their work individually with Dr. Wei-ling Wu during mentoring sessions. This course is a continuation of last year’s PBT course. New participants as well as those from previous years are all welcome to sign up for this course. Participants will receive a professional development certificate jointly issued by NYS Language RBERN at NYU and China Institute upon successful completion of the course.

Dr. Wei-ling Wu (吴威玲 ) is a nationally recognized Chinese language educator of American K-12 students and an experienced trainer of teachers. She has served on various national projects for Chinese language instruction and curriculum development. Dr. Wu is also the lead author of a series of Chinese textbooks.

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For questions or to register by phone, please contact Mr. Matthew Turner at 212-744-8181 ext. 111 or by email at [email protected] The number of participants is limited.


14th Factory Art Education Workshop: A Night on Contemporary Art for Chinese Language Teachers

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In collaboration with: The 14thFactory Foundation, New York University Project Developing Chinese Language Teachers (DCLT) and the NYS Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Educational Resource Network (RBE-RN) at NYU
Friday, February 26 | 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Event Fees: Tickets are FREE, but space is limited.

China Institute welcomes Chinese Language Teachers to join us on Friday, February 26, for a professional development workshop held in collaboration with the 14th Factory Foundation. This workshop is an opportunity for K-12 educators to deepen their experience of contemporary Chinese art in a new and an exciting way, and bring that knowledge to the classroom.

The 14th Factory (http://www.the14thfactory.com/)will introduce participants to its conception of contemporary art and its upcoming exhibition at 23 Wall Street in April. The workshop will feature a lesson plan designed to stimulate students’ imagination based on an artistic work, followed by dinner. By inviting participants actively engage with the works of art exhibited, the workshop will help participants explore themes of universal interconnectedness through the contemporary artistic works with culturally layered meanings.

All participants will receive a professional development certificate jointly issued by NYS Language RBE-RN at NYU and China Institute upon successful completion of the course.

Workshop Agenda
5:00-5:30PM: Registration
5:30-5:40PM: Opening Remarks
5:40-7:15PM: 14th Factory Art Education Workshop
7:15-8:00PM: Dinner (included) and Reflection

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For questions or to register by phone, please contact Mr. Matthew Turner at 212-744-8181 ext. 111 or by email at [email protected] The number of participants is limited.


Modern Education in the People’s Republic of China: A Chancellor’s Conference Day Professional Development Workshop for High School Educators

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Monday, February 1, 2016 | 1:00PM – 3:30PM
Event Fees: $15

Developed to coincide with the New York City Department of Education’s Chancellor’s Conference Day, China Institute will host a professional development workshop for high school teachers to precede our Educators Open House event. Participants will attend Modern Education in the People’s Republic of China, a workshop focusing on the development of traditional and modern ideas of education in China.

$15 per participant, includes refreshments, and take-home resources for all participants. Attendees will receive a certificate confirming their participation in this workshop.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Mr. Matt Turner at 212-744-8181 ext. 111 or by email at [email protected]. The number of participants is limited.

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Following the workshop, China Institute welcomes educators to our FREE Winter Open House!

Educator Open House

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Program Includes:
• Opening Remarks from China Institute
• Learn about China Institute’s programs for educators
• Take part in a Chinese New Year-themed Dumpling Making Workshop
• Free educational resources and other takeaways for the classroom
• Participate in a screening of Journey with the Giant, a new documentary film by James Isaiah Gabbe and the CITIZENARTS team which focuses on questions about China that have become central to U.S. political discourse and have profound implications for the world. Following the screening, Director James I. Gabbe will lead a discussion on the film, and discuss ways that it can be used in the classroom
• Enjoy snacks and refreshments

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For questions or to register by phone, please contact Mr. Matthew Turner at 212-744-8181 ext. 111 or by email at [email protected]


Exploring Classical Chinese Culture: A Chancellor’s Conference Day Professional Development Workshop for Grade 6-12 Educators



Developed to coincide with the New York City Department of Education’s Chancellor’s Conference Day, China Institute will host a day-long professional development workshop for grade 6-12 educators. In the morning, participants will attend Ming Thought and Chinese Identity, a workshop focusing on the rise, establishment, and decline of the Ming dynasty, with an additional segment dedicated to pedagogy and curriculum development. In the afternoon, China Institute Gallery’s art education program, Discover China Through Art (DCTA), will present a special calligraphy workshop on the history of Chinese characters.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
9:30PM-4:00PM
Held at China Institute
$15 per participant.

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The Confucius Institute at China Institute ([email protected]) and the various programs it offers are made possible through the generous support of Hanban – officially known as the “Office of Chinese Language Council International” – with additional support from other private and public foundations.


Assessing the Proficiency Levels of Chinese Language Learners: An Introduction to the New HSK Test


Please join us at this workshop designed to promote effective proficiency assessment for Chinese Language Learners. Led by Dr. Xiaoxia Zhou, the workshop aims to familiarize Chinese language teachers with the new HSK test, an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. The new exam combines the advantages of the original HSK while taking into consideration recent trends in Chinese language training while making use of the latest findings in international language testing. Topics covered will include the test structure and format, test levels and how they correspond to equivalences in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF), and the process for registering and taking the test. This workshop is open to Chinese language teachers at all levels. China Institute will supply lunch following the workshop.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
10:00AM-1:00PM
Held at China Institute
FREE for K-12 Educators
Seating is LIMITED.

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For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 x138 or [email protected]

The Confucius Institute at China Institute ([email protected]) and the various programs it offers are made possible through the generous support of Hanban – officially known as the “Office of Chinese Language Council International” – with additional support from other private and public foundations.


Ming Thought and Chinese Identity – A Professional Development Workshop for Grade 6-12 Educators



Ming Thought and Chinese Identity is a professional development workshop for grades 6-12 educators, focusing on the rise, establishment, and decline of the Ming dynasty, with an additional segment dedicated to pedagogy and curriculum development.

Specific topics covered will include the Ming dynasty as a reaction to the “foreign” Yuan dynasty and a return to a newly imagined Chinese culture, the role of the Neo-Confucian worldview as a new “Chinese” identity, how that worldview pertains to Ming domestic and foreign policy, and the role of the individual in Ming society.

The content of this workshop has been designed following the 9th grade New York State Social Studies Framework, while also incorporating some aspects of the 6th grade Framework and the following teaching and classroom strategies:
• chronological reasoning and causation
• comparison and contextualization
• geographical reasoning
• interpreting evidence

This workshop is part of We All Live in the Forbidden City (www.walfc.org), China Institute’s educational program about the history, culture, architecture, and life of imperial and contemporary China as seen through the lens of this iconic structure. This program also includes books, children’s workshops, and a website with additional resources for parents and teachers.

Saturday, October 3, 2015
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Held at China Institute
$10 for members