Presentation on theme: "Project Director/K-16 Chinese Initiative"— Presentation transcript:
1Project Director/K-16 Chinese Initiative Global EducationCheryl McCordProject Director/K-16 Chinese InitiativeJenks Public Schools
2“The future ain’t what it used to be.” ---- Yogi Berra
3“Because we live in a globally interconnected and interdependent world, the idea of local community has become something of the past.” Yong Zhao Catching Up or Leading the Way, American Education in the Age of Globalization
4Challenges for education: How can we help our children secure a job that will provide for them and their families?What can we do to help our children live, work, and interact with people from different cultures and countries?C) What can we do to help our children adopt a global view in their thinking?
5Although our schools may be locally funded, we must transform our thinking to include a global perspective.
6Implementing a visionEvery child who enters Jenks Public Schools will choose to follow either a Spanish track or a Chinese track and an articulated program will exist to allow them to study that language from the first day of their career as a Jenks student through their graduation day.
7East Elementary Dual Language Spanish Program 24 students: 12 native Spanish speakers, 12 non- native Spanish speakers1 bilingual teacher / grade (K-4)AM completely in Spanish / PM completely in English1st Kindergarten class began in August, 2004
8East Intermediate Spanish 1 class period / day in Spanish: Social StudiesSpanish instruction provided in after-schoolenrichment classExchange program with school in Costa Rica
9K-16 Chinese Initiative: 5 year / $500,000 FLAP grant (Foreign Language Assistance Program)Create 1st partial immersion Chinese program in thestate of Oklahoma at Southeast ElementaryArticulate a Chinese curriculum for students throughyear 16 (partner: OU)Provide appropriate professional development to support teachers involved in program
10The aim of the JPS Chinese Partial Immersion program is to develop proficient readers, writers and speakers of Mandarin Chinese who are globally competent, interculturally skilled, and prepared to actively participate in the global community.Partial Immersion Program to begin in August, 2010First year of program: one section of K and one section of 1st gradeChinese teacher will teach 50% of day in K and 50% in 1st gradeOne additional grade “rolled out” each year until there is onesection of Chinese, K-4
11Sino Trojan Academy: 3 year / $300,000 FLAP grant Create a school- within-a- school at East Intermediate (grades 5-6)Increase Chinese enrollment at Jenks Public SchoolsProvide appropriate professional development to support involved faculty
12The aim of the Sino Trojan Academy is to develop future leaders who are globally competent and interculturally skilled through a rigorous and unique experience melding American and Chinese best practices and educational philosophies.First year: th grade studentsChinese infused content-based instructionLonger school day / extra class period to accommodateOdyssey of Mind type classLonger school year to accommodate student exchange toChina6th grade class will be added in 2011 with 120 students
13East Intermediate Teacher Exchange with Yibin, Sichuan Province 2 Chinese teachers arrive in fall to stay three months and teach Chinese language to 5th & 6th grade students2 EI teachers travel to Yibin in spring for 3 months to teachEnglish in high school classes
14Secondary World Languages: French I – AP teachersAmerican Sign I-III 2 teachersLatin I - AP 1 teacherSpanish I - AP Lit 6 teachersChinese I – AP 2 teachers
15Middle School Exchange with Shenyang, Liaoning Province 10 students and 2 teachers apply/selected in fall prior toexchange semesterTravel to Shenyang for 2 week stay in March; hosted byChinese students10 Chinese students and 2 teachers travel from Shenyang toJenks Middle School for 2 week stay in April; Shenyang studentshosted by JMS students
16Jenks High School Chinese Exchange 14 students and 2 teachers apply / selected in spring prior toexchange year to allow for summer Chinese classes and fundraisingopportunities14 students and 2 teachers arrive in September from Chengdu#7 and are hosted by Jenks student and facultyStudents stay 3 weeks / teachers stay 1 semesterJHS students and 2 faculty members travel to Chengdu where theyare hosted by students and faculty for 3 weeks during subsequentspring semester
17“At the risk of being a self-appointed cheerleader, I think all of us can take pride in this exchange. Can you conceive of something more important today than supplanting mistrust and misinformation with genuine friendship and understanding?” Joe (a proud parent)
18Cheryl McCord Project Director / K-16 Chinese Initiative Jenks Public Schools Jenks, OK(918) Ext. 5707