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  • GPS educates the whole child for success in the 21st Century. Intellectually, Emotionally, Physically. Not only the mind but the spirit though

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  • OPENING a World of Possibilities
    AZLA Conference
    Oct. 2010
    Mandarin Chinese ProjectDVUSDPhoenix, AZ
  • Mandarin Project Overview
    3-year, $650,000 FLAP grant
    Language instruction K-8 at 2 schools
    Kindergarten – 15-45min Daily
    1st-6th Grade – Specials 45 min/weekly
    7th/8th – Exploratory – 45min/9wks
    1st Grade Partial Immersion – expansion each year through 6th
    K-12 Articulation and Beyond
    HS Chinese Classes fall 2011
    HS AP Chinese classes fall 2018
    Partnership with ASU Confucius Institute, Hanban, and ASU Chinese Flagship
    Immersion Goal – Intermediate High/Advanced low on ACTFL scale by HS Graduation
    Exploratory Goal – Novice High/Intermediate Low on ACTFL scale by HS Graduation
  • Shift Happens…
    Shift Happens 2010 video
  • Vision Goal
    “What the best and wisest of parents wants for his own child, that must be what the community wants for all its children.”
    John Dewey
  • Vision Goals
    Our Vision Goals are to create multi-generational and multi-national global communities that foster learning and leadership for the 21st century focused on creating a better world. Our vision goals guide what we want every learner to look like when they enter the global society as adults. Students and Staff will be engaged in:
    Learning for the 21st Century
    Leading for Success
    Creating a Better World
  • Vision Goal: Learn
    Firebirds will become life long learners, fully equipped for success in the 21st Century.
    Technologically Advanced and Globally Competent
    Early Second Language
    Brain-Friendly Acquisition
  • Vision Goal: Lead
    Firebirds will become healthy, wealthy and wise transformational leaders. First of themselves then in their families and in the world.
  • Vision Goal: Create
    We cannot solve a problem at the same level of thinking at which we created it.
  • International Connections
    TCLP Grant
    Sister Schools
    National and International Resources
  • TCLP Grant
  • Sister Schools
    Guest teachers
    Student exchange
    Collaborative Projects
    Pen Pals
    Science experiements
    Cultural comparisons
    Insert Ciji Welcome clip
  • Hangzhou Foreign Language School
  • Ciji Primary School
  • National/International Resources
    Provides resources and opportunities
    Connection with other like-minded educators
  • Putting it all together…
    Mandarin Chinese Project:Opening a World of Possibilities
  • Quality
    Curriculum Development
    Better Chinese
    The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
    Hopkins Public Schools
    Woodstock School, Portland Public Schools
    • Professional Development
    • Conferences
    • In-house PD
    • Lesson plan sharing
    • Video lessons
    • Teacher Mentoring
  • Sustainability
    Program visits
    Parents, school officials, etc.
    Media relations
    AZ republic, local papers, 12 News School Solutions
    School Board and District presentations
    Parent relations
    Informal coffee meetings
    Parent Mandarin classes
    Long term benefits
    12 News School Solutions
  • Credibility
    Continual education of teachers, students and staff as to the importance of Global Education
    Integrating language program into school culture
    One strand of a global focus
    Look for opportunities to bring others in
    Continual program assessment
    360 evaluations – teachers, students, parents, community
    Monitor and adjust
  • Challenges
    Teacher Recruitment
    Highly Qualified
    Elementary Foreign Language Endorsement
    Visa issues
  • Opening a world of possibilities for your students…
    Be innovative in using resources
    Be persistent
    Don’t be afraid to try and fail
    Continually educate people about the need for quality language education in Elementary
    Collaborate with others