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About the Conference

The National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) is the largest annual convening in the United States and North America that brings together leaders and practitioners in the field of Chinese language and culture education and U.S.-China education partnership. It is dedicated to enhancing the capacity for teaching and learning of Chinese language culture by sharing cutting–edge practices and examples with educators and policymakers. Through the unique forum of the NCLC, the organizers aim to encourage dialogue and coordination of efforts in the field of Chinese language education and to promote wide-scale success.

During the past nine years, the conference has traveled across the U.S. (to Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, two times to Chicago, and three times to Washington, D.C.). Each conference features prominent speakers and national trends, and also highlights local resources and expertise. Attendance at the event has grown over the years and more than 1,300 educators attended in 2016. The conference has cumulatively attracted 10,400 national, state, and local educational leaders; school principals and teachers; higher education faculty; and representatives of international and professional organizations from all across the U.S. and a dozen countries globally. The growing presence of the NCLC is both a testament of and a catalyst for the movement to prepare students for a globalized world.

About the Conference Organizers

Asia Society is the leading global organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. We seek to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education. The mission of the Center for Global Education at Asia Society is to develop youth to be globally competent citizens, workers, and leaders by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for success in college and career in an increasingly interconnected world. Asia Society is committed to strengthening American and Chinese students’ knowledge and understanding of the world, so they become productive global citizens of the 21st century. Learn more about Asia Society at

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. With over 6,000 member institutions around the world, we are dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. Through the AP® Chinese course and exam and other Chinese initiatives, the College Board supports the growth of Chinese language and culture education in U.S. schools. Learn more about the Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives at:

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