President Carter Welcomes Educators to the National Chinese Language Conference

In a letter to participants of the National Chinese Language Conference, President Jimmy Carter welcomed the educators to Atlanta and commended efforts to "strengthen American and Chinese students' knowledge and understanding of the world and prepare them for a productive global citizenry."

The 8th National Chinese Language Conference, organized by Asia Society and the College Board, will be held in Atlanta on April 16-18, 2015. Approximately 1,200 leaders and practitioners in the field of Chinese language and culture education and U.S.-China education partnership are expected to attend.

"These efforts are particularly significant to me, as it was Deng Xiaoping and I who opened the door for our countries' students to learn about one another's culture," Carter wrote in the letter. "Deng's visit to Atlanta and his historic trip to the United States at my invitation in 1979 were a significant turning point in the public perception of China. I am please by the program that continues today.”

The conference program includes workshops and breakout sessions on a wide range of topics such as curriculum, instruction, assessment, culture, school-to-school partnerships and education. 

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