Case Studies

Playing Simon Says in Chinese (Glastonbury/GEHM Foreign Language Department)
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Read case studies of successful programs and classes, in school, out of school, and around the community!

Case Studies

The Glastonbury Public Schools' Foreign Language Program in Connecticut has been in existence for almost 60 years and serves students in grades P-12. The program is in one of the first cohorts to be recognized as a Confucius Classroom.
North Carolina has seen significant growth in the number of Chinese language classes offered in grades K-12, in immersion and other classes, face to face and online. A number of collaborative initiatives contribute to this growth.
Research shows that learning a second language as a young child provides lifelong benefits.
Meet Yiyu Liu's Grade 6 Chinese class at Medfield Public Schools in Medfield, Massachusetts.
The American cities of New York, Denver, and Seattle, as well as the Asian cities of Singapore, Hiroshima, Shanghai, and Seoul, share their strategies and challenges in integrating 21st-century competencies into their school systems.
Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School is the only public elementary school in Washington, DC, to offer Mandarin Chinese language immersion. Yu Ying provides tuition-free, high-quality education to 551 students in grades pre-K–5.
The Swiss provide all students with access to comprehensive guidance counseling that put them on realistic pathways to college and careers.
Vietnamese students surprised the world with their 2012 PISA results. Vanessa Shadoian-Gersing, a former OECD analyst who writes and consults on global education, offers observations based on her recent work in Vietnam.
Educator Heidi Steele shares her experience planning China Night at two high schools in Washington State, with advice and strategies on how to better engage students and prepare for the event.
How can Chinese language teachers establish connections between their own students and English-learning peers in China?
Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, located in beautiful San Diego, California, is the only public school in the San Diego Unified School District that offers Mandarin immersion.
Capstone Learning Abroad Experience in Collaboration with St. Cloud State University.
A strong teacher support system is critical, but how is it established?
Heidi Steele offers tips on how language teachers can achieve authentic communications in classrooms.
Located in the suburbs outside of the Delaware state capital, the Caesar Rodney School District is home to Delaware’s first Chinese immersion program, with almost 300 students in grades K–2 in 2015.
Heidi Steele reflects on sessions she attended at the 2015 National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) in the partnerships and community engagement strand.
Cultivating high achievement in Chinese depends on the patient efforts of teachers who are willing to get down in the weeds.
Meet Mei Dong's Grade 8 Novice-High Chinese Class at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia.

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Chinese language teacher Guo Ruijian helps her students discuss buying fruit in Mandarin.
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Meet Shwu-fen Lin, a Chinese language teacher at a New Jersey high school, as she helps her students practice key structures through active learning in Mandarin.
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Meet Yan Wang, a Chinese language teacher at a Kentucky elementary school, as she helps her students practice reading characters in Mandarin.
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Meet Jen Lin, a Chinese language teacher at a Connecticut high school, as she teaches her students how to order food in Mandarin.
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Meet Zhangyi Shi, a Chinese language teacher at a Richmond, Virginia high school, as she teaches her students how to order food in Mandarin.
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Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond spoke with Asia Society as part of the Global Cities Education Network initiative.
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Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond spoke with Asia Society as part of the Global Cities Education Network initiative.
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Mei Dong of the Collegiate School in Virginia is featured in the latest Asia Society instructional video for Chinese language teachers in the United States.
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Marc Chun of the Hewlett Foundation moderates a student panel at Asia Society's 2014 Partnership for Global Learning Conference.
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Jon Huntsman tells local students about the importance of service, involvement in the political process.
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Amidst failing schools throughout urban America, one school shines. See why.
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School reform worked in England. Scores were up throughout the country. But how can it be sustainable? David Hopkins lays out a four-part plan.