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Chinese Language Learning in the Early Grades: A Handbook of Resources and Best Practices for Mandarin Immersion

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. Free download can be found here:
Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World (Free dowload)

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:
Improving Teacher Quality Around the World: the International Summit on the Teaching Profession (Free download)

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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Meeting the Challenge: Preparing Chinese Language Teachers for American Schools

This report analyzes the current status of, and demand for, Chinese language programs. It proposes ways to expand and enhance the supply of Chinese language teachers, increase their effectiveness, and produce teachers for new innovations in elementary and online language programs.
Chinese in 2008: An Expanding Field (2008)
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A state of the field report on how the United States is doing in developing the human capital needed to engage with China. Includes information on schools, teacher training institutions, and more.
Educating Leaders for a Global Society (2005)
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A look at how other countries are preparing youth for an interconnected world, plus recommendations for what community leaders--businesses, schools, policymakers--can do.
Learning in a Global Age: Knowledge and Skills for a Flat World (2007)
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A report from a multi-sector meeting in Beijing to discuss how to prepare students for a global age.  Participants, including Ministry officials, business and technology leaders, education innovators, and scholars engaged in focused discussions on today’s shared challenges and innovations in education worldwide. Learn about the findings.
Putting the World into World-Class Education: State Innovations and Opportunities (2008)
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U.S. states have been working individually and collectively on initiatives to integrate international knowledge and skills into schools. This paper provides examples of state-led innovations to promote global learning in schools.
Expanding Chinese Language Capacity in the United States (2005)
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What would it take to have five percent of American high school students learning Chinese by 2015? This report recommends national commitment and investments in teaching Chinese language and culture in American schools.
New York Task Force Report on Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives (2009)
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A statewide plan on how to develop a strategic plan for statewide success in a global economy. Crucial to this is investing in human capital. The report includes specific plans on how to develop a generation of young people who are proficient in Chinese language and culture.
International Perspectives on U.S. Education Policy and Practice: What Can We Learn from High-Performing Nations?

Asia Society and the Council of Chief State School Officers gathered education leaders from nations with the best education systems to discuss the key drivers of educational improvement and the lessons learned.