Authored by national practitioners and researchers, this handbook of resources and best practices for Mandarin language immersion explores solutions to common questions, such as: Which type of program model is most suited to Chinese immersion: Most or all of the school day taught in Mandarin, a fifty-fifty division between Chinese and English, or some other distribution of time? What are the qualifications for teaching in Chinese immersion? Where can we find highly qualified teachers? What does high-quality Chinese immersion instruction look like? What curricula and instructional materials are already available for Chinese immersion? How might we approach literacy development in Chinese? This handbook is a rich resource for both beginning and growing Mandarin immersion programs.
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Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World, by Veronica Boix Mansilla, Principal Investigator, Interdisciplinary Studies Project, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Tony Jackson, Vice President, Education, Asia Society, is a publication co-developed by Asia Society and the Council of Chief State School Officers' EdSteps Program. This book makes the case for a more globally focused K-12 education system and defines the term global competence. It explores how young people view their role as competent workers and citizens as well as how practitioners can develop global competence through the study of world issues. With examples, tools, and resources, this book is a must have for those wanting to add a global dimension to their classrooms and schools.
Free download can be found here: asiasociety.org/node/9179.
The International Summit on the Teaching Profession, which was hosted by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and convened education ministers, master teachers, national union leaders, and education organization leaders from countries with high performing and rapidly improving educational systems. The purpose of the summit was to identify best practices worldwide that strengthen the teaching profession and raise student achievement. .
Participants engaged in a discussion on the vital role teachers play in advancing progressive, sustainable education reform. The summit discussions and emerging lessons from around the world were released in a report titled “Improving Teacher Quality Around the World: The International Summit on the Teaching Profession.” The report was authored by Asia Society’s Senior Advisor for Education Vivien Stewart on behalf of the Summit’s partner organizations.
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