CELIN Connection

Monthly News and Updates from the Directors of the Chinese Early Learning and Immersion Network (CELIN)

August 2019

We hope that you are having a peaceful and productive summer and that you are prepared for a new school year. This month we invited Ying Jin (金璎), 2018 ACTFL Teacher of the year, to reflect on the tremendous opportunities of teaching Chinese in the United States at this time. In addition to publishing the Chinese version of a CELIN Brief, we are happy to feature a profile of Virtual Virginia, which offers a rich array of online Chinese language programs.

Lessons Learned and Reflections by the 2018 ACTFL Teacher of the Year, Ying Jin (金璎)
Ying Jin reflects on the tremendous honor of being selected as 2018 ACTFL Teacher of the Year and the many opportunities that she has had to visit Congressional offices and connect with teachers across the country. She also reflects on the opportunities available to Chinese teachers to prepare students for effective participation in the 21st century.

A New CELIN Program Profile
Virtual Virginia is a program of the Virginia Department of Education, with Advanced Placement (AP®), world language, core academic, and elective courses available to students across Virginia and the United States. Virtual Virginia serves more than 7,800 students each year, across all content areas, through online instruction. 

Access more than 30 CELIN Program Profiles.

CELIN Briefs
The Chinese version of "Learning Chinese in the Digital Age" is now available.

One of the brief's authors, Adam Ross, also wrote a blog post for Education Week. Together, these resources are useful for Chinese language teachers to adopt or advance their skills in using digital tools in their classrooms.

We Continue to Document Chinese Language Programs for Students and Teachers
Find or document Student Programs; submit or update your student program information; and find or document Teacher Programs.


June 2019

We hope that you have embarked on an exciting, adventurous, and productive summer! We are pleased to provide you with some valuable information and resources.

A New CELIN Program Profile
The Cupertino Language Immersion Program is a Grades K–8, two-way Mandarin immersion program in the Cupertino Union School District of Santa Clara County, California. The school opened in 1998, and now serves nearly 600 students.

Access more than 30 CELIN Program Profiles.

"The State of Mandarin Immersion in the United States: June 2019"
In this new report, Elizabeth Weise gives a comprehensive overview of the growth and maturity of Mandarin immersion schools in the United States, with descriptions of specific programs.

The 5th International Conference for Chinese Heritage Education will be held in Baltimore, MD, August 3–4, 2019. Sponsored by the National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools (NCACLS), this conference for K–16 educational leaders focuses on effective instruction aligned with research-based practices and World-Readiness Standards. Access the conference flyer and conference agenda »

Help Us Document Chinese Language Programs for Students and Teachers
Find or document Student Programs; submit or update your student program information; and find or document Teacher Programs.


May 2019

Wang and Park NCLC19

It was wonderful to see many of you at the National Chinese Language Conference in San Diego, participating in the CELIN Forum and many conference sessions! This month we're sharing brief descriptions of our CELIN sessions with links to photos and PowerPoint slides. We are also happy to share a blog post by Adam Ross in Education Week about using technology in language classes, and an open position for a division director at CAIS in San Francisco.

CELIN Forum at the 2019 National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC)
At the one-day pre-conference CELIN Educator Forum on Deep Learning on Selected Topics in Chinese Dual Language/Immersion Education, teachers, school founders and administrators, teacher developers, policy makers, and researchers came together to share information and strategies for increasing collaborations in the field and the quality of Chinese language programs. Panels were held on the following topics, followed by in-depth group discussions of each topic.

  • Program effectiveness and articulation, grades K–12
  • Education for and assessment of young learners, PreK-grade 3
  • K–12 and teacher program collaboration
  • Assessing learners, grades K–12
  • Decisions and practices about teaching languages, content, and cultures
  • Recruiting, employing, and developing teachers

We are grateful to all of the panelists and facilitators of group discussions for making the Forum a success. Access the Forum Agenda »

CELIN Sessions at NCLC
CELIN collaborated with leaders in the field to present 7 conference sessions on the following topics. Access presentation slides »

  • Expanding the Space and Practice for Chinese Literacy through Immersion
  • The Unique Challenges (and Joys!) of Early Childhood Mandarin Immersion
  • Instructional Strategies You Can Use in Your Elementary School Classroom
  • Creating an Integrated Language Immersion School Culture
  • Making Secondary School Mandarin Immersion Programs Work
  • Fostering Leadership Development in the Chinese Teaching Field
  • Strategies and Resources: Recruiting and Supporting International Chinese Language Teachers

How Tech Tools Can Engage Foreign Language Students
In a new Education Week blog post, Adam Ross (Chinese Content and Technology Specialist at the Chinese American School (CAIS) in San Francisco) describes how the SAMR model can be used to integrate technology into language instruction and engage students in learning.

This CELIN Brief, "Learning Chinese in the Digital Age," gives more information and examples.

Director Position at CAIS
The Chinese American International School (CAIS), in San Francisco, CA, is looking for an Interim Director of their Early Childhood Division, for 2019–20, with the intention to name a permanent ECD Director for 2020–21. 


April 2019

As many of you are making plans to attend the 2019 National Chinese Language Conference in San Diego, May 9–11, you may find the descriptions of the CELIN pre-conference Forum and CELIN-organized sessions helpful. We look forward to seeing you at these events!

A New CELIN Program Profile
The International School of Denver is a private, multicultural, multilingual school, which serves 700 students (190 in the Chinese program), from age 3 to grade 8 in an inclusive, globally minded community. The school, started by a group of parents, opened in 1977, and combines immersion education with an interdisciplinary International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme in middle school. Access more than 25 CELIN Program Profiles.

CELIN Forum at the National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) on May 9, 2019
CELIN will host a six-hour forum, "Deep Learning on Selected Topics in Chinese Dual Language/Immersion Education," which will include panel presentations and workshops on six topics: Program effectiveness and articulation, grades K–12; education for and assessment of young learners, PreK–grade 3; K–12 and teacher program collaboration; assessing learners, grades K–12; eecisions and practices about teaching languages, content, and cultures; recruiting, employing, and developing teachers. Participants will learn and share about issues, innovative practices, strategies, and successes in these areas and be able to become part of the CELIN network to continue to seek information and resources to improve their practice. We look forward to seeing you at the forum.
There is still time to register! »
Look for other CELIN-organized sessions at this year's NCLC »

The TAOLI Pedagogy Forum: Enhancing the Learning and Teaching of Chinese Language, Grades K–16 was held at Swarthmore College, PA, March 16. This forum brought together 70 Chinese language educators from the Mid-Atlantic region and Ohio, Michigan, and New York. It included a keynote address, a panel discussion, and hands-on workshops conducted by experts and teachers on the topics of contextualized and effective instructional strategies, language proficiency and assessments, and technological tools for use in the classroom. See more details about the Forum »

The Second Annual Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum (ECCIF) was held at Chinese American International School (CAIS) in San Francisco, CA, March 30. More than 100 early childhood Chinese immersion educators gathered to learn and share. This event was born out of a desire for preschool and kindergarten Chinese immersion teachers to explore current thinking and best practices around topics such as early literacy instruction; social and emotional learning; play-based learning; inquiry-based learning; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Keynote speaker, Dr. Shuhan Wang, pointed out that in this field, practice outpaces research and the experts are truly those in the classroom. In breakout sessions and a resource sharing session, participants explored topics including implementing Reading Workshop, fostering scientific inquiry in Chinese, gender equity in a Chinese Kindergarten classroom, design thinking, and new approaches to emergent writing in Chinese. The forum was a resounding success, and the planning committee is looking forward to ECCIF 2020.


March 2019

Spring is almost here! We hope you can take some time to notice new buds, flowers, and trees in your neighborhood or places you will go for spring break. We at CELIN have some fresh offerings as well.

A New CELIN Program Profile
Denver Language School is the only K–8 early total immersion public charter school in Colorado that offers Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. The school opened in 2010 and has more than 830 students. Its mission is academic excellence and intercultural competence through language immersion. Access more than 25 CELIN Program Profiles.

Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum in San Francisco, CA on March 30, 2019
This forum is designed by and for educators in Early Childhood Chinese Immersion schools. Preschool and kindergarten teachers will engage in a rich day of learning. The forum features a keynote address by Dr. Shuhan Wang, breakout sessions led by conference participants, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities. More information »

CELIN Forum at the National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) on May 9, 2019
CELIN will host a six-hour forum, "Deep Learning on Selected Topics in Chinese Dual Language/Immersion Education," which will include panel presentations and workshops on six topics: Program effectiveness and articulation, grades K–12; education for and assessment of young learners, PreK–grade 3; K–12 and teacher program collaboration; assessing learners, grades K–12; eecisions and practices about teaching languages, content, and cultures; recruiting, employing, and developing teachers. Participants will learn and share about issues, innovative practices, strategies, and successes in these areas and be able to become part of the CELIN network to continue to seek information and resources to improve their practice. We look forward to seeing you at the forum. To register »

Washington Yu Ying–CELIN Workshop held on January 18, 2019
More than 50 participants attended and felt energized by this Immersion Teacher Workshop at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in the District of Columbia. The day was packed with teacher-led labs, observations of classes, interactions with one another, and discussions of ways to improve immersion curriculum, instruction, and assessment. To learn more about organizing similar collaborative workshops in your area, contact us at ting.celin@gmail.com.

Help Us Document Chinese Language Programs for Students and Teachers
Find or document Student Programs; submit or update your student program information; and find or document Teacher Programs.


February 2019

Happy Chinese New Year! CELIN brings you a lot of information, resources, and opportunities as we celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig.

A New CELIN Program Profile
The Georgia Department of Education oversees Chinese language schools in 57 school districts, in grades K–12. In the 2017–18 school year, 7,107 students were enrolled in Chinese language courses. This profile describes the key features and accomplishments of three schools. Access more than 25 CELIN Program Profiles.

CELIN Briefs
The Chinese version of "Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Elementary Chinese and Immersion Programs" is now available.

TAOLI Pedagogy Forum at Swarthmore College on March 16, 2019 
This full-day program—"Enhancing the Learning and Teaching of Chinese Language, Grades K–16"— includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, and three hands-on workshops. Thanks to the funding support of Swarthmore College, breakfast, and lunch are included in the registration fee. TAOLI members also enjoy free registration. Register soon »

Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum in San Francisco, CA on March 30, 2019
This forum is designed by and for educators in Early Childhood Chinese Immersion schools. Preschool and kindergarten teachers will engage in a rich day of learning. The forum features a keynote address by Dr. Shuhan Wang, breakout sessions led by conference participants, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities. More information »

A New Video from Global Ambassadors Language Academy (GALA)
In this 3-minute video, GALA students share their excitement about learning in Mandarin and Spanish. Read more about the GALA program »


January 2019

We hope that the transition to 2019 has been smooth and that you are looking forward to a creative, productive year. We are excited to bring you valuable information and opportunities for professional development and engagement.

A New CELIN Program Profile

Presidio Knolls School, in San Francisco, California, is an independent pre–K through 8th grade school. Their mission is to nurture young hearts and minds in a joyful learning environment, where the convergence of progressive education and Mandarin immersion ignites curiosity, connectedness, and engagement in the world. Access more than 25 CELIN Program Profiles.

Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum in San Francisco, CA on March 30, 2019
In this forum, designed for and by educators in Early Childhood Chinese Immersion, teachers in preschool and kindergarten Chinese immersion will engage in a rich day of learning. It features a keynote address by Shuhan Wang, breakout sessions led by conference participants, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities. More information »

Call for Papers: 5th International Conference for Chinese Heritage Education in Baltimore, MD
Sponsored by the National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools (NCACLS), this conference offers opportunities for professional networking with K–16 educational leaders and advocating for effective instruction in alignment with research-endorsed practices and World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Session proposals due February 28 »

Help Us Document Chinese Language Programs for Students and Teachers
Find or document Student Programs; submit or update your student program information; and find or document Teacher Programs.


December 2018

We hope that you are enjoying December and having a lovely holiday season. We have profiled another set of Chinese immersion schools in Michigan, and we are looking forward to co-sponsoring two professional development events for teachers, in January and March 2019. We would love to see you there! Details are below.

A New CELIN Program Profile

Greenville Public Schools, in Western Michigan, has offered Mandarin immersion since 2012, with more than 300 students enrolled in grades K–8. The goal is that immersion students will meet the same learning goals as their non-immersion peers and develop high levels of Chinese language proficiency. As of Spring 2018, immersion students remain on pace with their non-immersion peers on standardized English Language tests and consistently score ahead of them on standardized math tests. Access more than 25 CELIN Program Profiles.

A Workshop for Chinese Immersion Teachers on January 18, 2019
CELIN and Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington, DC, are collaborating to offer an Immersion Teacher Workshop on January 18. During a full day of teacher-led immersion labs, participants will observe immersion classes and interact with experienced immersion teachers; connect with other immersion teachers to set up professional exchanges; learn how to plan lessons, gather resources, and implement them with effective instructional strategies; and engage in performance-based assessments. More information and registration »

Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum in San Francisco on March 30, 2019
In this forum, designed for and by educators in Early Childhood Chinese Immersion, teachers in preschool and kindergarten Chinese immersion will engage in a rich day of learning. The forum features a keynote address by Shuhan Wang, breakout sessions led by conference participants, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities. More information »


November 2018

It was wonderful to see many of you at the ACTFL Convention in New Orleans. During the convention, we made a presentation on the CELIN Brief, Key Features of Effective Chinese Language Programs: A CELIN Checklist, which was well received. Participants commented on the usefulness of the checklist as a tool for programs to engage in self-analysis. You can also access the Brief in Chinese.

A New CELIN Program Profile

The Mandarin Immersion program in Michigan's Forest Hills Public School District began in 2008, and now nearly 400 students are enrolled. Students in grades K–4 experience a 50/50 one-way immersion model, and in grade 5 shift to an intensive Mandarin language and literacy block. Access more than 25 CELIN Program Profiles.

A Workshop for Chinese Immersion Teachers in the Greater Washington, DC Area 
Responding to popular demand, CELIN and Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington, DC, are collaborating to offer a special Immersion Teacher Workshop at the school on January 18, 2019. During a full day of teacher-led immersion labs, participants will observe immersion classes and interact with experienced immersion teachers; connect with other immersion teachers to set up professional exchanges; learn how to plan lessons, gather resources, and implement them with effective instructional strategies; and engage in performance-based assessments. Space is limited, so please register early to ensure that you have a place at this special event. More information »

Help Us Document Chinese Language Programs for Students and Teachers
Find or document Student Programs; submit or update your student program information; and find or document Teacher Programs.


October 2018

This is a busy month, and we have plenty of information to share with you. We hope you will find it useful.

A New CELIN Brief
As Chinese immersion programs have increased in number and grown in maturity, more Mandarin immersion students are moving into the secondary school grades (6–12).This new Brief, Making Middle and High School Mandarin Immersion Work, is written by two leaders in the field, Eric Schneider, Associate Superintendent, Minnetonka Public Schools, and Michael Bacon, Director, Department of Dual Language, Portland Public Schools. It presents two case studies, describing the accomplishments and the challenges of Mandarin immersion education in the middle and high school years in their respective school districts.

A New CELIN Program Profile

Post Oak Academy is a PreK through grade 6 International Baccalaureate Chinese Immersion public school in Lansing, Michigan, which uses a schoolwide 50/50 Chinese immersion model. Supported by a unique array of community partners, the school delivers extraordinary learning outcomes for all students.

Access more than 25 CELIN Program Profiles!

Resources for Parents
We have posted two new articles on the CELIN Resources for Parents page:

Media Report: Challenges of Having Enough Chinese Language Teachers in Schools
This article describes the need in schools for qualified Chinese language teachers, the challenges that U.S. immigration policies present, and ways that schools are addressing the challenge.

Find Chinese Language Programs for Students and Teachers
CELIN continues to collect information about Chinese programs for students and for prospective teachers. Find or document Student Programs; find or document Teacher Programs.


September 2018

We hope you have had a smooth transition to the new school year, and we hope you enjoy the rich content presented here.

A New CELIN Brief
Immersion Education: Creating an Integrated School Culture by Jeffrey Bissell and Sue Berg
We are happy to announce the publication of another CELIN Brief, focused on creating an integrated school culture, in which the learning of language and content in Chinese and English is coordinated and leveraged through meaningful and intentional collaboration.

A New CELIN Program Profile
College Park Elementary School is a grade K–5 school in San Mateo, California.

When Mandarin Immersion was added to the Talented and Gifted Magnet program, the student population grew significantly. The number of Chinese teachers doubled, a ‘can-do’ attitude was adopted by administrators and teachers, and differentiated instruction became a signature piece of the school.

 

Online Course for Students Learning Chinese is Open for Registration
An online Chinese language course is open to heritage language and immersion students of Chinese with Intermediate High proficiency levels. It is free to students and will be delivered online by a teacher with K–12 certification and a teaching assistant from the National Flagship program. More information »

A Media Report: Growth of Mandarin Immersion Programs in the United States
“The American grass-roots school movement immersing children in Mandarin,” Published September 16 in the South China Morning Post, this article describes the recent flourishing of Mandarin Immersion programs, which have expanded from a handful of schools in the 1990s to over 300 this year.

Find Chinese Language Programs for Students and Teachers
CELIN continues to collect information about Chinese programs for students and for prospective teachers. Find or document Student Programs; find or document Teacher Programs.