The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington supports a number of ongoing programs in partnership with the Hanban, the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International, a non-governmental and non-profit organization affiliated to the Ministry of Education of China, including:

Chinese Guest Teacher Program

Visiting teachers from China with Karen Kodama August 2010

Four visiting teachers in 2010-11 with Karen & Pollyanna

The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) partner on the Chinese Guest Teacher Program, coordinated by the College Board, in partnership with Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters and the National Council of State Supervisors for Language (NCSSFL). Schools or districts can request highly qualified teachers from China to help launch or expand their Chinese language programs. During 2013-2014, Washington State is host to five guest teachers through this program: one in the Seattle Public Schools, two in Longview School District, one in Everett School District, and one in Naselle School District.

Here is some information from the College Board website: College Board > Host a Guest Teacher.

The Chinese Guest Teacher Program is designed to help U.S. schools develop Chinese language and culture study programs and to promote international exchange between the United States and China.

Key benefits to U.S. schools and students include:

  • Host schools can start or expand a Chinese language and culture program at reasonable cost.
  • Schools can lay a foundation for offering AP® Chinese classes in the future.
  • Students learn authentic Chinese language and interact with a native Chinese speaker.
  • Chinese guest teachers serve as cultural resources in other subject areas.

The Program provides an experienced language teacher from China for the host school or district for a period of one to three years. This is your chance to build a Chinese program efficiently and affordably.

This year the College Board is offering a new program to place trainees at U.S. host institutions for one school year. Trainees are recent graduates from TCFL (Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language) programs in China who specialize in learning how to teach Chinese language and culture in second language settings. Host schools provide a special professional growth opportunity to trainees, and at the same time, enhance their own Chinese language and culture study programs as a result of the language and cultural expertise receiving a knowledgeable professional from China brings.

Trainees cannot serve as full or part-time teachers of record or staff; their activities include observing experienced instructors and collaborating with teachers to integrate Chinese language and cultural content into the school curriculum and local community. Participating institutions are responsible for providing trainees with a structured, multi-phase training plan and complimentary housing and transportation; Hanban provides trainees with a monthly stipend.

Chinese Bridge Delegation

Sun Burford on Chinese Bridge Delegation - June 2010The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington helps coordinate the Chinese Bridge Delegation for Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. This is an amazing opportunity for state and school district administrators and policy makers, especially school board members, to travel for about ten days to China to learn more about China’s education system and how to connect schools in China and the U.S.

The most recent Chinese Bridge Delegation was organized by the College Board in November 2013. In the November 2011 delegation, Washington state had fourteen delegates, coming from Auburn, Bellingham, East Wenatchee, Edmonds, Longview, Seattle, Stevenson, Vancouver, and Winthrop.

Our Confucius Institute sponsored Superintendent Randy Dorn to participate in the “Chinese Bridge–American School Principals Visit to China” in June 2011.  Watch Supt. Dorn’s speech in Beijing, on June 20th.

OSPI’s Deputy Superintendent for K-12 Education, Dr. Alan Burke, participated in the Confucius Institute-sponsored trip to China in December 2010.

Confucius Institute Education Advisory Board member, Rongfen Sun Burford, represented the Confucius Institute in June 2010. See her Photo Report from the June 2010 Bridge Delegation to China:  Part1Part2Part3Part4

The College Board will likely announce the 2014 Chinese Bridge Delegation in June 2014. For more information, visit:

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for High School Students

The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington also supports the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for High School Students to promote friendship and exchange among high school students in China and the U.S.

The 2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp was a great success and included students from a variety of districts in Washington. The 2012 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp, a program for American high school students to experience Chinese language and culture on the summer holidays, took place July 15 to 29, 2012 in China. Students arrived and departed through Beijing, with activities in Jilin, Henan, Shanxi, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangxi and Fujian provinces.

In summer 2011, the Confucius Institute organized and partially funded the first summer camp trip for high school students to China, sponsored by Hanban. The students, from various schools in Washington State, went to Beijing and Changsha, Hunan with two chaperones. They had unforgettable experiences of Chinese language and culture, visited historic and scenic sites, and communicated with local Chinese students and residents in China. Afterwards, all the students expressed that the trip was really worthwhile and rewarding; they made new friends in China, deepened their understanding of Chinese culture, and will have more interest and confidence in learning Chinese language in the future.

Read more:
Edmonds students travel to China article about Chinese Bridge Summer Camp students.

To learn more and apply for the 2014 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp, click here

Confucius Classrooms

Asia Society’s Confucius Classrooms Network is a national network of exemplary Chinese language programs. The Network serves as model sites for developing the field of Chinese language teaching in American schools. For more information, visit: Asia Society > Confucius Classrooms Network.

Washington State currently has four Confucius Classrooms that are part of the Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network:
  • Beacon Hill International School (Seattle)
  • Peninsula School District (Gig Harbor)
  • Sammamish High School (Bellevue)
  • Tyee Middle School (Bellevue)

The College Board, in collaboration with Hanban/Confucius Institutes Headquarters, has recently launched its own Confucius Institutes and Classrooms program to support the development of K-12 Chinese language and culture education in the U.S. by providing funding, resources and guidance to participating institutions. Applications for the 2012-13 school year are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information, visit

The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington serves as a liaison for the Confucius Classrooms. There may be opportunities for additional schools in Washington to develop Confucius Classroom relationships with schools in China over the coming years. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, email


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