2009 Chinese Bridge Camp for Education Leaders – September 7 to September 19, 2009
Confucius Institute at KSU partnered with North Georgia-Pioneer Rising Stars to initiate a study trip in China for future educational leaders in Georgia from September 7 to 19, 2009. Twelve professionals participated, six of them from Georgia Virtual School of Georgia Department of Education. The objectives of this program included:
- Identifying the on-line Chinese language education program which can be integrated into Georgia Virtual School;
- Learning the best practices in on-line Chinese language education;
- Understanding virtual school development in China;
- Exchanging information with Chinese professionals in on-line education;
- Understanding the educational system in China
- Experiencing Chinese culture and learning Chinese history
Each participant was required to develop an action plan on implementation of Chinese language education in Georgia Virtual School with the target date of course offering on August 9, 2010.
China Summer Bridge Camp for Education Leaders – June 20 to June 30, 2010
This trip was arranged with Ms. Shirley Davis, Director of the Rising Star Program. The group was comprised of 33 Georgia Educational Leaders. They met with education faculties and students majoring in Elementary and Secondary Education at Yangzhou University and visited a primary school and middle school to observe classes. They also toured Beijing, visited the Great Wall and the Summer Palace and other cultural sites.
China Summer Bridge Camp for High School Students – July 17 to July 29, 2010
The second annual CI Summer Camp in China, in cooperation with Hanban, will be sending 42 students and 5 chaperons from Atlanta area high schools to China in July for Summer Camp in Henan Province. They will attend classroom programs focusing on Chinese language and culture, engage in sports and social activities and go on field trips to Chinese historical and cultural sites and locations of natural beauty in Beijing and Henan Province.
DECAL China Trip – July 2 to 12, 2009
2009 Commissioner Holly Robinson, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)
Dr. Holly Robinson, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Learning, Ms. Mary Mazarky, Assistant Commissioner, and Mr. Ken Jin, CI Director visited China from July 2 to July 12, 2009. The delegation visited Hanban in Beijing and had a meeting with Mr. Zhao, Guocheng, the Director-General and Ms. Liang, Xueming, Deputy Director on July 8, 2009 about plans to launch a Chinese language education program in Pre K centers in Georgia starting in fall 2009. The delegation also visited Yangzhou University and a daycare center in Yangzhou to further discuss the implementation of the program. For cultural orientation, the delegation visited historic sites in Beijing, Xi An, Yangzhou, and Shanghai.
DECAL has since initiated and funded the program in cooperation with CIKSU at three locations with six classes for 120 4-year old pupils.
DECAL China Trip – May 25 to June 10, 2010
Program Name: 2010 Commissioner Holly Robinson, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)
After implementation of Chinese language program in Georgia Pre K program, Dr. Holly Robinson, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Learning, Ms. Mary Mazarky, Assistant Commissioner, and Mr. Ken Jin, CI Director visited China from May 26 to June 10, 2010. The delegation was invited to a special luncheon at a private courtyard by Mr. Zhao, Guocheng, the Director-general and Ms. Liang, Xueming, Deputy Director on May 27. Mr. Zhao and Ms. Liang were very pleased with the success of the program and committed continuous support.
The delegation travelled to Yangzhou University and conducted an orientation for 12 new teachers who will come to teach Chinese language in Georgia in the fall of 2010.
Chinese Medicine - May 13 – May 26, 2010. Armstrong Atlantic State University College of Health Professions China Trip. This program was comprised of 21 students and 2 supervising professors . The students studied Chinese Acupuncture, visited a Chinese Hospital, learned about Chinese Medicine and medicated food, traditional Chinese manipulation and combined therapy of Chinese and Western Medicines. They also toured museums and cultural centers.
China Trip for Teachers - June 2 to June 14, 2010
Dr. Thomas Brown, Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education and Dr. Douglas Hearrington, Educational Leadership Department travelled to China with a group of 12 teachers from Georgia counties as part of the KSU OWL Project. Confucius Institute sponsored each participant. The teachers from Georgia met faculty and students majoring in Elementary and Secondary Education, observed classes and visited an experimental primary school. They participated in Project OWL, Eco-Science conference. They went on tours in Yangzhou & Beijing which included museums in Yangzhou, a cruise on the Grand Canal, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and The Great Wall.
China Revealed through its Culture and Math Education - Summer 2010 – May 8-25, 2010
Twenty KSU students visited Beijing, Yangzhou and Shanghai, China. The program began with an educational tour of Beijing, exploring the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Olympic Garden and Stadium, and the Great Wall. Then, the group travelled to the beautiful host city of Yangzhou and stayed on the campus of Yangzhou University. Students took classes taught by professors of Yangzhou University and KSU faculty members, interacted daily with Chinese students, learned about Chinese cultures and history, and studied the role of mathematics education in Chinese modernization. The final stop of the trip was Shanghai, the financial center of China where they attended the 2010 World Expo and visited many cultural sites including the Shanghai Museum, the Bund, Nanjing Road, and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
This inexpensive study abroad program to China was made possible due to the financial support each participant received from KSU Confucius Institute. The director of this program would like to thank KSU Confucius Institute for its support.