Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network

(Casey Lynn)

(Casey Lynn)

Asia Society's Confucius Classrooms is a national network of 100 exemplary Chinese language programs. The Network serves as model sites for developing the field of Chinese language teaching in American schools.

About the Network
Asia Society named, through a competitive process, 100 schools and districts with exemplary Chinese language programs. These schools not only have effective Chinese language instruction, but also strong local leadership and support, a demonstrated commitment to international exchange and collaboration. As Confucius Classrooms, they act as resource centers for other schools in the region.

Each Confucius Classroom is linked with a partner school in China to enhance opportunities for language learning and to provide students, teachers, and administrators with opportunities to conduct exchanges and joint projects. Asia Society designed the selection process for the 100 U.S. schools, assisted them in creating linkages with schools in China, convenes an annual meeting in conjunction with the National Chinese Language Conference, and provides ongoing support through e-newsletters and professional development seminars, as well as collect data to assess progress.

Asia Society's Confucius Classrooms provides the infrastructure for the development of effective and sustainable Chinese language programs for American students. The Network features online communities, targeted professional development for Chinese language teachers in the network, and annual Confucius Classrooms Network conference. The Network asks each school to implement an innovative project aimed at enhancing or expanding its Chinese language program, and to develop an ongoing partnership with a school in China. This project has been established with the support of an Expert Advisory Committee and in partnership with Hanban, the Chinese government agency spearheading the establishment of Chinese language programs overseas.

This Network not only recognizes excellence in Chinese language teaching, it is also the beginning of an ongoing field-building process with the goal of establishing high-quality, sustainable Chinese language programs in all regions of the United States. The project will be one important step in strengthening Americans’ understanding of China and in building bridges between young Chinese and American students.