2020 STARTALK/NHLRC Teacher Workshop

Workshop Dates: June 22-26, 2020 at UCLA

This workshop is designed to help language teachers face the challenge of teaching heritage language (HL) students. The workshop will open on June 1, 2020, with online assignments for three weeks. This will be followed by a five-day face-to-face workshop (June 22-26, 2020). Accepted participants will be required to complete the online assignments as well as the face-to-face workshop.


The online assignments will focus on identifying and addressing the linguistic gaps in HL students’ language, differentiated teaching, and teaching mixed classes. The face-to-face workshop will focus on how to use project-based learning (PBL) as a useful tool in heritage language instruction.


There is no charge for the workshop. A limited number of stipends will cover travel and accommodations for out-of-state participants.

The workshop's goals are for participants to:

  1. Understand the needs of HL learners.
  2. Design projects and select materials that build on HL students’ initial proficiencies and meet both their linguistic and affective needs.
  3. Identify criteria and strategies for developing PBL curricula.
  4. Understand how to structure and pace a project-based unit.
  5. Understand how to select and use authentic materials, and develop real-life activities to accompany them.
  6. Become familiar with the principles of differentiated and macro-based teaching.


The application period is now open and will close on March 31, 2020.


Please be aware that you must submit a CV with your application.


Click on the following link to apply:

For more information about the teacher workshop, please visit


Tuesday, March 3rd5:30-7:30 pm

Wednesday, April 15th5:30-7:30 pm

Professional Development Session Options (choose one)

I. An Age Old Problem And The Future of Education

PresenterZoltan Sarda

Session Description
What shifts will educators need
to contemplate as we prepare students for a future in which skills and knowledge needed are largely unknown? What if we really need to begin with a major shift in our conception of how students learn?

As a way to explore these questions, this workshop will focus on the kind of thinking and learning that happens when a group of individuals work together to solve a simple engineering challenge. After completion of the activity, the group will participate in ade-briefing and discussion. Intendedfor all K-12 educators.

II. Learning through Language Immersion

Yibo Lu and Julie Yankowitz

Session Description
Immersion education is more than
an academic pursuit. It is a dailypractice that transforms the way students see and think about theworld. Immersion teachers don’tteach another language; they teach in another language. This workshop will offer participants a chance toexplore the benefits of bilingualismand discuss how second languagesare learned. We’ll introduce theprinciples of immersion education and give participants a sneak peek into the immersion program at Avenues.Intended for all language or languageimmersion teachers.

III. Building Empathy, Creativity and Metacognition in Kids: A Toolkit for Teachers

Curtis Murungi and Erin Sheehan

Session Description
How do we teach our students to solve problems that we cannot imagine in a world that does not yet exist? This workshop is designed to provide a toolkit for educators who seek to help students to develop, through focused deliberate practice, the thinking skills – namely empathy, creativity, and metacognition – thatunderlie fluid intelligence and that are vital to problem solving in arapidly-changing world. We will learn how to use in-class Writing and Math challenges as tools through which to engage students in the deliberate, intentional, and systematic practiceof these thinking skills. Intended
for middle school teachers, but allare welcome.

Join us at Avenues: The World School for professional learning from some of our top-notch leaders about various instructional topics implemented at our New York Campusand beyond. See below for session offerings.

Light dinner will be served as well as a brief tour of our campus. Admission is free.

Location: NYC Campus, 259 10th Ave, New York, NY 10001

RSVP via or by contacting Lara Silvas

CIEE – the largest study abroad nonprofit organization – is recruiting experienced teachers to lead high school students on their summer abroad experiences. CIEE Global Navigator programs last 3 to 4 weeks and run twice between 6/14 and 8/8. The study abroad programs take students to more than 50 global destinations to focus on language learning (French, Spanish, German, Italian,Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic), service projects, or passion topics such as visual arts, marine science or international relations. We are seeking Mandarin speakers with experience abroad to lead our Chinese Language & Culture program in Tainan, Taiwan!  This paid opportunity isa unique chance to get professional development and international experience during the summer. Benefit from training in intercultural learning, group management overseas, and language/subject immersion—all while networking with like-minded peers. Click here to learn more and start an application today!


*Please note that Taiwan will not issue travel permits to anyone holding a People’s Republic of China passport that at this time, therefore Program Leaders must be U.S passport holders to meet Taiwan Program Leader eligibility requirements.*

CAIS as a Workplace

Chinese American International School is dedicated to attracting, developing, rewarding and retaining a world-class faculty and ensuring that this is a great place to work. We put a high priority on advances in compensation, benefits, and work climate with a 2020–2021 benefits package and perks including:

Distinctively CAIS Benefits

• Down payment assistance for home purchase
• Commuter benefits (up to $265/month) for lead

• China Faculty Institute (teacher trips to China and

• Chaperone student trips to Taiwan (Taipei) and

China (Guilin and Yunnan Province)
• Below-Market Rental process assistance
• Realtor services provided for rental search
• Dynamic, dual culture setting valuing honest self

assessment, thoughtful self reflection, intentional planning, and focused implementation

Financial Benefits

  • CAIS contributes 5% of your earnings immediately in a 403(B) retirement plan (no contribution required on your part)
  • Transparent salary scale benchmarked to the Bay Area’s competitive standards, including step increases and annual cost-of-living adjustments
  • Consideration for relocation costs
  • Approximately 90% adjustment to tuition forexempt employeesProfessional Development
  • Robust opportunities for conferences, workshops, and courses
  • Introductory Chinese class for faculty/staff
  • Membership in California Teacher Development

Health Benefits

  • CAIS pays 100% of the premium for medical, dental, vision, acupuncture, short-term disability and long-term disability, and life insurance for you (along with competitive rates for spouse and family coverage)
  • Employer-funded Health Savings Account (HSA) and Pre-tax HSA employee contribution
  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for medical and dependent careVacation / Holiday / Paid Time Off• Thanksgiving Break – 1 week
    • Winter Break (December/January) – 2 weeks
    • Winter Break (February) – 1 week
    • Spring Break (April) – 1 week
    • Summer Break – 9 weeks of summer from mid-

    June to mid-August
    • Paid holidays according to the school calendar • Up to 2 additional days off for religious holidays • Accrue 11.5 days of Sick Time annually
    • Accrue 3 days of Personal Time annually

    Quality of Life and Appreciation

    • Appreciation breakfasts
    • Wellness programming
    • Monthly appreciation lunches
    • Twice-yearly Faculty/Staff Appreciation Weeks • Annual milestones luncheon
    • Free tickets to annual dinner/dance gala
    • Chinese New Year luncheon
    • Birthday gift cards

To better understand China and formulate effective policy, the United States needs to train a new generation of scholars who possess deep understanding of China’s contemporary politics, society, and modern history, as well as fluency in Chinese language. These specialists are essential to inform U.S. public policy and to train successive generations of American experts.

Chinese Language Fellowship ProgramThe Chinese Language Fellowship Program (CLFP) addresses these needs by providing fellowships of up to $45,000 to American PhD students so that they can devote one year to intensive Chinese language training at an institution of the fellow’s choice, generally in China or Taiwan. The fellowship is intended to cover all expenses at a graduate student level, including tuition, housing living stipend, and other miscellaneous fees.

The Chinese Language Fellowship Program has been made possible through a generous grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Application for the 2020–21 academic year is now open. The deadline for applications is January 20, 2020. Apply now.


The Chinese Language Fellowship Program aims to:

  • Build a generation of American scholars with outstanding Chinese language skills, strengthening the level of national expertise in the field.
  • Ensure the quality of instruction for future generations of American students focused on China (based on the enhanced skills/training of those fellows who choose to remain and work within academia upon completing their PhDs).
  • Enrich the level of understanding of critical issues in U.S.-China relations, as well as the ability to shape policy in the United States and engage with Chinese stakeholders in China (based on the enhanced skills/training for those fellows who choose to enter public service after earning their PhDs).

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Tsinghua University campus, Beijing (Photo by drnan tu)

Welcome 欢迎 (huānyíng), to the Chinese American International School, the oldest Chinese English dual language immersion school in the nation. Founded in San Francisco in 1981, CAIS is a leader in its field and prides itself on being a life-changing, world-changing institution.

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For over 30 years, CAIS has prepared students to navigate the interconnected world they will inherit. At CAIS, we have created a challenging educational program which provides students with the academic skills and core social-emotional competencies that will serve them across American and Chinese language and culture. We envision young adults who can move comfortably and confidently between languages and cultures—no matter what careers and avocations they pursue—and it is our commitment to foster this capability.

Visit our school and get to know us better. Familiarize yourself with our educational programs and the group of talented, dedicated and creative students, educators, parents and friends who comprise our inclusive community.

Job Title: Chinese Teaching Fellow, Pre K 3-Kindergarten

Department: Education

FLSA Status: Professional Exempt

Reports to: Assigned Lead Classroom Teacher, Executive Director, Director of Teaching and Learning, Assistant Principal, and other assigned supervisors


Position Overview: Yu Ying is looking for passionate, communicative, open-minded educators who are dedicated to being part of a collaborative learning community.  Fellows at Washington Yu Ying are part of a collaborative and supportive faculty with a common goal of continuously improving a great school. The Fellow shall be in the process of becoming professionally prepared to meet the requirements for a lead teaching role at Washington Yu Ying. This position shall perform all duties required for a classroom assistant, yet gradually take on more co-teaching responsibilities in preparation to grow into a lead classroom teacher.


Essential Responsibilities:
*Responsibilities outlined in this section are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.


Teaching Fellows possess the following skills/qualities:

  • Demonstrated ability to help teach in ways that are interactive, hands-on, inquiry-based, and promote self-discovery and critical thinking
  • Demonstrated ability to assist the lead teacher foster high academic expectations within students
  • Clear understanding of child development
  • Commitment to meet the needs of every child in our diverse population
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in establishing an effective, respectful and efficient classroom culture
  • Capacity to assist a classroom environment that emphasizes and supports literacy across all content areas
  • Capability to nurture students and work collaboratively with families
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work and collaborate as a member of a team
  • Interest in professional learning, growth through quality feedback, and initiative in challenging own understandings
  • Commitment to develop and contribute to a community of educators
  • Flexibility, dedication, and enthusiasm
  • Willingness to learn how to integrate and align curriculum across academic disciplines
  • Clear understanding of scope and sequence and learning objectives
  • Interest in language learning and other cultures.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited institution. Master’s degree in education preferred.
  • Native-level proficiency in Mandarin Chinese is required for Chinese Teaching Fellows.
  • Native-level proficiency in English is required for English Teaching Fellows.
  • Academic-level proficiency in English is required


  • A competitive salary and benefits package
  • The support of welcoming and appreciative students, parents, and colleagues
  • A community that supports and promotes a growth mindset that allows every Yu Ying member to grow with one another each day.
  • Work/Life balance oriented- every teacher gets 10 personal/sick days a year and Free Fridays throughout the year
  • A strong emphasis on growth and support: Yu Ying has several resource rooms, a library, and a teacher workroom
  • A dedicated and passionate team of colleagues that value collaboration and growing themselves as educators
  • A strong administration team that provides you with exceptional professional development often on the cutting edge of educational theory and philosophy, values teachers, and provides continuous feedback. This includes IB MA and Project Zero.
  • A progressive learning environment for students that includes the The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme to guide you to focus on teaching inquiry and hands on, student centered learning.


Our students will be the leaders of tomorrow because they are learning to think critically, be compassionate, and communicate in English and Mandarin!”


Collaborates and Consults With:

  • Teaching Staff
  • All Levels of Management

Terms of Employment: 12 Months


Physical Demands:

The physical demand described below are representative of those must met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities of the job, and are not meant to be all inclusive. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential responsibilities of the job.


Unless reasonable accommodation can be made, while performing this job, the staff member shall:

  • Use physical strength to lift, move, carry, pull or push equipments and/or student(s).
  • Sit, stand, walk, and run for required periods of time, according to instruction schedule.
  • Speak and hear.
  • Use close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception along with the ability to focus vision.
  • Communicate effectively in English, using proper grammar and vocabulary.
  • Reach with hands and arms and use hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, computers and/or controls.


Environmental Demands:

The environmental demands described below are representative of those must met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities of the job, and are not meant to be all inclusive.

  • Exposure to a variety of childhood and adult diseases and illnesses.
  • Occasional exposure to a variety of weather conditions.
  • Exposure to heated/air-conditioned and ventilated facilities.
  • Exposure to a building in which a variety of chemical substances are used for cleaning, instruction, and/or operation of equipment.
  • Function in a workplace with high level of noises at times.

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