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					      Creating Effective K-12
Chinese World Language Programs in
     Urban US School Districts:
 The Chicago Public Schools Model
      Chicago Public Schools
       Office of Language and Cultural Education
      Chicago’s Chinese Connections (C3) Program
               Robert Davis, Director
       Chicago Public Schools
            At a Glance
• 623 Schools citywide      • 80,954 students studying
• 481 Elementary Schools      a world language
• 115 High Schools          • 26,205 Elementary
• 420,982 students          • 54,749 High School
• 44,417employees           • 16 Languages Offered:
• 85.6% students from low     Arabic, Bosnian,
  income families             Cantonese, French,
• 57,740 ELL’s (13.7%)        German, Greek, Italian,
                              Japanese, Korean, Latin,
                              Mandarin, Polish,
                              Russian, Spanish, Urdu,
                              American Sign Language
Chinese World Language Program
    in Chicago Public Schools
              • Began in 1999
              • Pre K – 12 Program
              • 17 elementary schools
              • 11 high schools
              • 6,000 students
              • 38 full time teachers
              • All teachers meet NCLB
                qualifications
              • Full support from Chicago’s
                Mayor and business
                community
              • Recognized as model
                program by the Han Ban
              • Largest such program in USA
                   Why Chicago?
• Why not Chicago?
• Full support from Mayor Daley and
  City of Chicago Offices
• Strong administrative support and
  vision in CPS
• Full support from Chicago’s
  business and cultural community
• Active collaboration with Chicago’s
  bilingual and newcomer community
• Sister cities with Shanghai and
  Shenyang
• Strong tradition of bilingual and
  second language education
• Increased focus on Chicago as a
  major international destination
• Strong network of teachers
Why Mandarin Chinese?
         1. Mandarin Chinese is the most
            spoken language in the world, with
            over 2 billion speakers in Mainland
            China alone. 21% of the people in
            the world read Chinese while 8.3%
            read English.
         2. Most requested language from
            Chicago parents
         3. Most requested language from
            Chicago’s business community
         4. Identified as a “Critical Language”
         5. Unlike the majority of alphabetic
            languages, which use only the “left
            brain,” learning Chinese and Chinese
            characters requires the use of both
            sides of the brain, stimulating both
            analytical and creative thinking.
         6. The future is now, don’t wait
Who Studies Chinese in Chicago?
 Elementary:
 35.44%    African American
 34.98%    Hispanic
 19.11%    White
 9.88%     Asian
 0.53%     Native American
 0.07%     Multi-racial

 High School:
 34.01%    Asian
 31.56%    Hispanic
 20.83 %   African American
 12.71%    White
 0.72%     Multi-racial
 0.17%     Native American
      What is the Goal of K-12 Chinese
                WL Program?
• To provide students from every racial
  and economic background with the
  tools to be active players in the global
  marketplace
• To expand traditional offerings in K-12
  to include more content on China and
  East Asia
• To meet our communities needs
• To create a community of language
  learners and instructors
• To integrate Chinese into the regular
  curriculum
• To meet both Illinois and national
  learning standards
• To raise the profile of Chicago as an
  international city and the hub of US-
  China business and cultural activity
Challenges
     • Misconceptions
     • Illinois State Board of
       Education Certification
       Issues
     • Lack of certified teachers
       in the USA
     • Teacher recruitment from
       China
     • Lack of excellent teaching
       resources for Chinese
     • Funding Issues
     • Encouraging students
What Makes the Curriculum Unique?
                • Made by teachers, for teachers
                • Emphasis on differentiated
                  instruction
                • A complete K-12 Chinese
                  curriculum for non-Chinese
                  speaking learners
                • Teacher friendly - Easy to use
                • Practical – Modify the Illinois
                  Learning Standards to fit the
                  special characteristics of Chinese
                  Language
                • Meets both Illinois and National
                  Standards
                • Integrates Chinese WL content
                  into the general K-12 curriculum
                • Integrates culture, encourages
                  collaboration
          Identifying Resources
• The City of Chicago
• Chicago’s Business Community
  (e.g. Motorola, SOM
  Architecture)
• The Confucius Institute in
  Chicago
• Sister Cities International
• The Han Ban
• Chinese Education Consulate in
  Chicago
• Partner Schools in China
• China American Service League
• Chinese Mutual Aid Association
• Volunteers
• Midwest US-China Association
Media Features
48 Features Since 2005
             Looking Forward
• Launch K-12 curriculum
• Expansion of program
• Chinese Summer
  Language Institute in
  Shanghai
• STARTALK student and
  teacher programs
• Teacher to Teacher
  Program
• City of Chicago Office in
  Shanghai
• Increased fundraising
      How to Find Out More
• Confucius Institute in Chicago:
  www.confuciusinstitutechicago.org
• Chicago Public Schools:
  www.cps.k12.il.us
• Office of Language and Cultural Education:
  www.olce.org
• Media: www.confuciusinstitutechicago.org/media
• E-mail: confucius@cps.k12.il.us
    THANK YOU!!!!
   XIE XIE NINMEN!!!
Special thanks to CAIS and to our
       corporate sponsors
   Motorola Foundations and
  Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

				
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