Asia Society's Confucius Classrooms is a national network of 100 exemplary Chinese language programs. The Network serves as model sites for developing the field of Chinese language teaching in American schools.
About the Network
Asia Society named, through a competitive process, 100 schools and districts with exemplary Chinese language programs. These schools not only have effective Chinese language instruction, but also strong local leadership and support, a demonstrated commitment to international exchange and collaboration. As Confucius Classrooms, they act as resource centers for other schools in the region.
Each Confucius Classroom is linked with a partner school in China to enhance opportunities for language learning and to provide students, teachers, and administrators with opportunities to conduct exchanges and joint projects. Asia Society designed the selection process for the 100 U.S. schools, assisted them in creating linkages with schools in China, convenes an annual meeting in conjunction with the National Chinese Language Conference, and provides ongoing support through e-newsletters and professional development seminars, as well as collect data to assess progress.
Asia Society's Confucius Classrooms provides the infrastructure for the development of effective and sustainable Chinese language programs for American students. The Network features online communities, targeted professional development for Chinese language teachers in the network, and annual Confucius Classrooms Network conference. The Network asks each school to implement an innovative project aimed at enhancing or expanding its Chinese language program, and to develop an ongoing partnership with a school in China. This project has been established with the support of an Expert Advisory Committee and in partnership with Hanban, the Chinese government agency spearheading the establishment of Chinese language programs overseas.
This Network not only recognizes excellence in Chinese language teaching, it is also the beginning of an ongoing field-building process with the goal of establishing high-quality, sustainable Chinese language programs in all regions of the United States. The project will be one important step in strengthening Americans’ understanding of China and in building bridges between young Chinese and American students.
Confucius Classrooms Initiative Expert Advisory Committee
Positions listed below are the original titles of committee members as formed in 2009.
Vivien Stewart, Chair, Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Initiative
In alphabetical order by surname:
Marty Abbott, Director of Education, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Washington, DC
Lois Adams-Rodgers, Deputy Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC
Rosa Aronson, Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Washington, DC
Anne Bryant, Executive Director, National School Boards Association, Washington, DC
Selena Cantor, Director, Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives, College Board, New York
Cen Jianjun*, Head Counselor, Education Office of the Chinese Consulate General in New York
Chen Qun, Vice President, East China Normal University, Shanghai
Chen Yulu, Vice President, Renmin University, Beijing
Robert Davis, Executive Director, Chinese Language & Culture Initiatives, College Board
Matthew Friedrick, Project Manager, North Carolina Center for International Understanding
Jennifer Gibson*, Representative, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Daniel Gregg, President, China Education Exchange Services, Connecticut
Bobby Hobgood, Director of Research & Development in Online Curriculum & Instruction, University of North Carolina
Yu-Lan Lin, World Languages Program Director, Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts
Jennifer Liu, Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Indiana University
Jun Liu, Professor and Head of the Department of English, University of Arizona
Liu Yongbo, Director, International Affairs, Shandong Education Department
Paula Patrick, World Languages Coordinator, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia
Rebecca Richey*, Foreign Language Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC
Gregg Roberts, World Languages Specialist, Curriculum, Utah Department of Education
Marcia Rosenbusch, Director, Foreign Language Education Center, Iowa State University
Kun Shi, Director, Confucius Institute, University of South Florida
Duarte Silva, Executive Director, California Foreign Language Project, Stanford University
Jessica Stowell, Associate Director, Confucius Institute, University of Oklahoma
Frank Tang, Director, Multilingual Multicultural Studies, New York University
Shuhan Wang, Deputy Director, National Foreign Language Center, Washington, DC
Brenda Welburn, Executive Director, National Association of State Boards of Education, Virginia
Yong Zhao, Professor; Director of Center for Teaching and Technology; Executive Director, Confucius Institute, Michigan State University
You Shaozhong*, Minister Counselor, Education Division of the Chinese Embassy, Washington, DC
Zhou Chuangbing, Vice President, Wuhan University
* Ex-Officio or observer