At the December 2016 Global Confucius Institute Conference in Kunming, China, CIWA’s Chinese Director supporting K-12 education, Wenqiu Wang, received the 2016 Confucius Institute/Confucius Classroom Individual Performance Excellence Award.
Here are a few of Wenqiu’s accomplishments since she arrived in Seattle in April 2014:
- Over the past two years, the number of schools offering Chinese language programs sponsored by CIWA in WA has expanded from three to ten, and the partnership has been expanded from Seattle School District to Bellingham School District, Issaquah School District, Bellevue School District, Tacoma School District, and beyond. CIWA-sponsored Chinese guest teachers have increased from two to seven. In 2016, three Confucius Classrooms were established for the first time under CIWA’s network.
- In September, 2015, Wenqiu actively collaborated with the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco to organize students to welcome President Xi’s visit to the Greater Seattle area. She was recognized for her outstanding leadership and efforts to reach out and establish a partnership with Lincoln High School in Tacoma, were President Xi paid a special visit.
- Wenqiu worked hard to have October 23, 2016 officially proclaimed as “Confucius Institute Day” by King County on the occasion of the 2016 CI Day events.
- In support of the Confucius Institute Day proclamation, she received letters of recognition for her work in successfully promoting Chinese language and sharing Chinese culture in WA from Lt. Governor Brad Owen, State Senator Bob Hasegawa, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
- In the fall of 2015, Wenqiu arranged an amazing trip for our Seattle Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Larry Nyland, to visit China and meet our partners in Chongqing. The delegates included a school board member, UW partner, and the American director of CIWA.
- Wenqiu was interviewed by “Chongqing Flyer” and was reported on by Chongqing TV, Chongqing Daily, and other media. These communications efforts have expanded CIWA’s visibility.
- Wenqiu’s award nomination was supported by Seattle Supt. Larry Nyland and CIWA Education Center Director Michele Anciaux Aoki.