Integrating chinese language in the elementary math curriculum
Hank LanghalsCoordinator of Pupil Services, Curriculum &Professional Development
DISTRICT OVERVIEW Suburban Public School District near Columbus, Ohio 7, 000 students One High School, 9-12 Three Middle Schools, 6-8 Seven Elementary , K-5 27 % Free and Reduced 80 % of Gahanna-Jefferson graduates go on to post- secondary education.
WHY CHINESE?Attaining SupportBoard of EducationSchool AdministratorsParents and the Community
BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS The Ohio State University Chinese Flagship Program Ohio Department of Education (Chinese K-2 Sesame Street Pilot Program) Asia Society and Hanban (Confucius Classroom Network)
WHY ELEMENTARY? Starting with a FLES after school program Voluntary—not inclusive Two hours per week (research suggested 120 minutes/week) Focus on speaking and listening
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES How do we find time during the school day for Chinese? No sufficient resource (staffing & money) for full- time elementary Chinese teacher.
DISTRICT GOAL Full inclusion (available to all 2nd graders) Chinese language and culture Supplement grade level academics
HOW DO WE SELL THE PROGRAMAdministratorsTeachersParentsThe Students
PILOT PROGRAMTwo Elementary Buildings:High Point Elementary SchoolGoshen Lane Elementary School
GETTING STARTEDPlanning May-AugustAugust—Meet with Principals and Second GradeTeachersAugust and September—Training and MethodologyDecisions
EARLY DECISIONS High Point Elementary Goshen Lane Elementary Go by Special schedule Go by Reading Group (Art/Music/Chinese) schedule 25 minute per session 30 minute per session 3 days a week 2 days a week Contain Classroom Rotate groups Instructor go to 4 classes a Instructor has her own day classroom
COMMUNICATIONTeachersPrincipalsBoard of EducationParents
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Q&A Hank Langhals Chiwei Lin LanghalsH@gjps.org LinC@gjps.org