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Chinese Language Teachers Leadership Series: Starting with a Framework

October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Location: China Institute
100 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
Entrance to event located at 40 Rector Street

  • Lunch is included
  • 3 hours of CTLE credits for New York State teachers

The field of Chinese language and culture teaching is becoming more prominent and mainstream as educators and families see the value in increasing knowledge about China. In response, the field needs an expanded cadre of Chinese language teachers with the necessary academic background and professional experience to support, expand, and sustain strong Chinese language programs.

China Institute & NYU Project DCLT’s Chinese Language Teachers Leadership Series has partnered to launch this session focused on developing a vision and approach to leadership around Mandarin/English dual language education. Participants will join a discussion on personal professional advancement and identify the steps to form a learning community that forges trust, collaboration and support.

This workshop is presented by Confucius Institute at China Institute in collaboration with the New York University’s Project Developing Chinese Language Teachers (Project DCLT).



Robin Harvey (何柔彬, presenter) is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Foreign Language Education, TESOL, and Bilingual Education in the Multilingual Multicultural Studies unit of New York University’s School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She is Co-Director of the M.A. TESOL at NYU Shanghai program and Director of NYU’s Project for Developing Chinese Language Teachers (DCLT) (http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/teachlearn/dclt).  She has taught English to elementary school children in Taiwan, is a former middle school Mandarin teacher and founder of Greenwich Village Chinese, an afterschool and summer Chinese language program for students from toddler to 8th grade in New York. Harvey is co-author (with Pauline Huang) of Rhythms and Tones: Inventive Songs & Chants for Learning Chinese (Chinasprout, 2010), and Rhythms and Tones 2 (Chinasprout, 2012). Her research focuses on language and literacy development in early childhood and childhood bilingual and immersion settings, inquiry-based pedagogy and language learning, and pedagogical approaches to teaching across global contexts.

Jack P. Chan (陈沛林, panelist) immigrated to New York City in 1989.  Mr. Chan’s teaching career began in 1999.  Since 2009, he has been serving as an Assistant Principal at New Utrecht High School.  In addition to overseeing a law program, he also created Brooklyn’s first interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program.  Since 2009, his department has increased the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses from 100 in 2009 to about 450 this year.  His department offers eight out of nine possible Social Studies Advanced Placement courses offered by the College Board.

Mr. Chan is also the President of the Social Studies Supervisors Association (SSSA) of New York City.  Under his leadership, the SSSA has established partnerships with numerous organizations such as the Confucius Institute, China Institute, Japan Society, and the Big History Project.  He has also organized numerous professional development conferences to enhance the quality of professional activities for educators across the city.  To date, over 350 educators throughout New York City public schools have participated in four conferences since 2017.

Finally, Mr. Chan has been working as the Program Director of Youth Services for a non-profit organization since 1999.  His year-round youth programs serve about 2000 students.  Each year, his department provides employment opportunities to about 200 college and high school students.

Mr. Chan’s most recent projects involve organizing student trips to Asian countries including China and Japan.  He was also invited as an education expert speaker in the 16th Shanghai International Curriculum Forum in November 2018.

Yibo Lu (卢一波, panelist), Chinese immersion coordinator at Avenues for Early Learning Center and Lower Division. Ms. Lu graduated from NYU with a MA in TESOL and TCFL. Prior to working at Avenues, Ms. Lu taught 3rd grade in a dual language setting at P.S. 94. Ms. Lu joined Avenues in 2012 as one of its founding members. During her 8 years at Avenues, Ms. Lu taught students from kindergarten through 5th grade as a classroom teacher and literacy specialist. Besides teaching, Ms. Lu actively participated in various projects including establishing a Chinese assessment system at the school, during which she has written 10 assessment books and led the team to expand reading texts from level N to V. In her current position at Avenues, she oversees the Chinese immersion program from Nursery to 5th grade, further develops Chinese curriculum and refines Chinese assessment system, provides coaching and feedback to teachers. In addition, Ms. Lu continues to seek ways to better connect Chinese and English literacy and offer teachers professional development opportunities in the immersion environment.

Alicia Wang (王昭, panelist) started her career in the U.S. as a middle school Chinese teacher. She developed a new middle school Mandarin program at LREI, a progressive school in Manhattan. Later she moved to the high school and expanded the program twofold. Mandarin programs have flourished in recent years, but she sees the challenge of reading Chinese as roadblock to the advancing of Chinese studies in K-12 schools. In 2017, she co-founded EasyShu, an online application to make reading Chinese easy. She joined the NYU Steinhardt EdTech in 2018, focusing her work on education technology. Currently, in addition to running EasyShu, she teaches Applied Linguistics in Chinese at New York University.

Alicia holds a master’s degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from East China Normal University and a master’s degree in Foreign Language Education from New York University. Prior to coming to the U.S., she was a head teacher at CIEE (Council of International Educational Exchange) and was in charge of Chinese language training at Google (Shanghai).

Shenzhan Liao (廖申展, moderator), Senior Vice President, Head of the School of Chinese Studies at China Institute; Director of Confucius Institute at China Institute. Ms. Liao graduated with an M.ED. in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, after receiving an M.A. in Comparative Education from Beijing Normal University, China. Ms. Liao joined China Institute Since 2008 to manage the Institute’s professional development for Chinese Language Teachers through its Confucius Institute, and since has focused on developing programs promoting cross-cultural understandings between U.S. and China, by working extensively with K-12 schools, universities, governmental agencies and private institutions in U.S. and China. In her current position at China Institute, Ms. Liao oversees all educational programs at the Institute including language learning for children and adults, as well as professional development for K-12 educators. Ms. Liao has been serving on Teachers College Alumni Council from 2014 to 2019.

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


October 12, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Downtown Office
40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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