Bring The World To Your Doorstep & Classroom

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How Oklahoma incorporated Chinese langauge and culture into the K-12 schools.

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Bring The World To Your Doorstep & Classroom

  1. 1. Bring the World to your Doorstep & Classroom Jessica Stowell, University of OK Confucius Institute & OK Institute for Teaching East Asia
  2. 2. Themes to explore <ul><li>International Mindedness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires educators, parents, & business </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How to build a Chinese program </li></ul>
  3. 3. International Mindedness in a community Enhanced Tax Base Improved Schools Enhanced Int’l Education More Savvy Employees More Business Supportive Public Sector Happy Legislators
  4. 4. Oklahoma’s Regional Approach to building a Chinese program <ul><li>NCTA professional development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seminars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enrichment programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Study tours </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exchange programs </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese language </li></ul><ul><li>Clearinghouse functions </li></ul>
  5. 5. Professional development for educators <ul><li>NCTA East Asia Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>300 OK teacher alumni reached </li></ul><ul><ul><li>300,000 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>infused East Asia into curriculum </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Planting seeds in Texas & Kansas <ul><li>As regional coordinator for NCTA planted: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trinity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of North Texas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Kansas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We continue to collaborate </li></ul>
  7. 7. Enrichment Opportunities <ul><li>Cultural trips </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Help with grants </li></ul>
  8. 8. Specialized teachers’ workshops <ul><li>Contemporary Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Vietnam </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Asia through film </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Beijing </li></ul>
  9. 9. East Asia Study Tours <ul><ul><li>China/Korea/Japan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural disasters for Geographers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effects of Confucianism on education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JFMF trips to Japan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Korea Foundation trips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fund for Teachers; $5,000 to anywhere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>East West Center AsiaPacificEd Program </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Happy teachers in China
  11. 11. Key Actors on Field Studies raise awareness <ul><li>Educators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Common Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public Sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chamber of Commerce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indian Nations COG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Legislators & Governor </li></ul>
  12. 12. Study Tour funding <ul><li>Freeman Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>National Geographic </li></ul><ul><li>Fulbright Hays </li></ul><ul><li>Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Korea Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Fund for Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>East West Center </li></ul>
  13. 13. School-to School Exchanges <ul><li>20 plus OK programs </li></ul><ul><li>Over 400 students participate each year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>200 OK & 200 Chinese </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Over 40 teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Alumni results: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jr. Yr. in China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese majors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching in China </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Principal Shadowing Project <ul><li>22 Sichuan & Chongqing Principals </li></ul><ul><li>22 Oklahoma Principals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shadow one another to learn the education system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create programs that benefit both schools </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Results of Principal Shadowing <ul><li>Of 22 pairings… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>12 new Chinese language programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14 new student exchange programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 teacher exchange programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 summer English camps for Chinese students </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Chinese Language Programs <ul><li>44 schools in OK offer Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>Over 5,000 students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Taught by 21 resident Chinese teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>23 visiting Chinese teachers </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Visiting Chinese Teachers… a gift from Confucius <ul><li>Hanban & College Board collaborate to provide certified Chinese teachers to U.S. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost is visa and health insurance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host family & transportation to school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>J-1 visa means full time work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National Committee on U.S. China Relations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Same as above </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Schools served in Oklahoma by Chinese teachers
  19. 19. Chinese Teacher certification programs <ul><li>Full certification instituted Oct. 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OK is 1 of 7 states </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OK State Dept of Ed also gives temporary certification to visiting teachers </li></ul>
  20. 20. Clearinghouse Functions <ul><li>Speak at conferences & special events </li></ul><ul><li>Answer email & phone queries </li></ul>
  21. 21. Serving the Business Community <ul><li>We offer classes for those doing business with Chinese companies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Chinese </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Survival Chinese & China Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese for the hospitality industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specially tailored topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Translation services </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Building bridges from University to K-12 <ul><li>National Consortium for Teaching about Asia is natural bridge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>College faculty teaching seminars for K-12 teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Call on superintendents & principals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send them on College Board Bridge trip </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spread grant $$ around </li></ul><ul><li>Be responsive to needs of schools </li></ul><ul><li>Guanxi—relationships on steroids </li></ul>
  23. 23. Resources <ul><li>China Exchange Initiative, Charlotte Mason http://www.thechinaexchangeinitiative.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>National Committee on U.S. China Relations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Margot Landman www.NCUSCR.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>College Board Visiting Teacher Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carol Tao Lin [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selena Cantor [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>National Consortium for Teaching about Asia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.nctasia.org/ </li></ul></ul>

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