Establish sister-school partnerships

Conference
2 months 3 weeks ago
Alumni from China and Egypt met for a two-day virtual conference on Leadership in Education. Each day included dynamic round-table discussions on Educational Leadership. The sessions were facilitated by TCLP staff and featured alumni guests from China and Egypt who have achieved leadership positions in their schools, departments, and districts.  Thursday, December 15, 2016: Leading in Your Educational Community I TCLP alumni Yu Meihong (2008-2009), Samar Abdelfatah (2015-2016), Yu Yifang (2009-2010) and Mohamed Abdelsamad (2011-2012) discussed leading by example in your educational community, how to advocate for change in your school, and resources and best practices to cultivate leadership skills.  Friday, December 16, 2016: Leading in Your Educational Community II TCLP alumni Ezzat Gadelmola (2010-2011), Zhang Hong (2009-2010), Hanan Gawdet (2012-2013) and Cheng Ye (2011-2012) shared how they are using their international experiences as school leaders and best practices for effective leaders.   Each day, the sessions lasted for an hour starting at 3:00pm in Egypt, 9:00pm in China, and 8:00am (EST) in the U.S.   To watch each day of the conference click on the following links:     To access in China please use the following links:http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTg3MzQ0NTU5Ng (Day One)http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTg3NDkxMDU0MA (Day Two)   Please view the attached flyer for further details about the conference and biographies for the presenters.   The Teachers of Critical Languages Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by American Councils for International Education.
Critical Language Project
1 year 3 months ago
At Sonoran Trails Middle School, TCLP Chinese Teacher Alumna Li Qiong received a grant to lay the foundation for a sister school connection between her host school in Arizona and her home school in Hubei, China. Sonoran Trails Principal Bill Dolezal traveled to China as a first time visitor with Li, who developed an itinerary with a travel company in China that allowed Principal Dolezal to meet with Chinese Principal Wang at her home school, No. 6 Middle School of Yichang. Li attended and facilitated the signing of sister school documents and served as Principal Dolezal’s tour guide during the trip. By obtaining personal buy-in from both principals, these two very different places were able to converge somewhere in the middle, giving students a real-life reason for studying Chinese (to be able to communicate with their sister school peers), and opening doors for future student, teacher and school leaders exchanges.
Critical Language Project
1 year 3 months ago
  2013 alumna exchange teacher, Tan Lihua, received a CLP grant to help implement a Joint-Classroom Project between her U.S. host school district and her home school in China. The goal of the project was to facilitate opportunities for students in the U.S. and China to develop oral and written communication skills in their target languages, learn about one another's cultures and traditions, and ultimately formalize a sister school partnership between JN Fries Magnet School and Concord High School in North Carolina and Da Zu High School in Chongqing, China.   The project took place over the course of three months, during which teachers organized pen pals/ E-pals activities for all students involved and created a Sister School Club. The Chinese and ESL joint-classrooms took on three major projects: the Folk Tales Project, One Day in the Life Project, and the My Identify, Your Identity Project. In the Folk Tales Project, students participated in live storytelling sessions in which they shared stories in traditional and digital forms, as well as pictures and videos prepared by about traditional folk tales from their countries. The One Day in the Life Project gave students an opportunity to exchange messages and images with one another, describe typical days in their lives, and make cross-cultural comparisons. The My Identity, Your Identity Project asked students to explore and research the elements that form their identities.   After the Joint-Classroom Project, those involved reported a greater understanding of U.S. and Chinese cultures. The Coordinators of the project received positive feedback from students, parents, and teachers of the three participating schools. "The Joint-classroom Project offers our students the opportunity to apply what they have learnt with the native speakers,” said Ying Yu, the Dean for the ESL Teaching and Curriculum Department at Da Zu High School. “As a result of this experience, using their target language to learn and communicate with their partners becomes a tangible idea for them, rather than a far-fetched notion – they’ve Skyped , they’ve interacted with their American/Chinese peers… they have a sense of what that experience will be like for them, and that makes them want to work twice as hard to learn more about the world.” Students’ speaking and writing ability, and teacher’s teaching ability have had great improvement.