Chinese Bridge Delegation

Sun Burford on Chinese Bridge Delegation - June 2010

The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington is pleased to share this announcement from Hanban and the College Board:

The 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.

Angela Bogan from Dearborn Park International School in Seattle delivered a testimonial of her experiences at the Chinese Bridge Delegation in 2013. Angela Bogan stated that, since her attendance at the Chinese Bridge Delegation, her school “has become an international school where we offer Mandarin and Spanish.” “We started in Beijing where we encountered historical and cultural knowledge of China and then continued on to Chongqing where we visited schools” she commented. She spoke about the significance of the Chinese Bridge Delegation stating that “because of Hanban, we were able to have this excellent experience.” She remarked further on her memorable experience of cultural exchange with Chinese students which was a great “precursor to the amazing program that we now have at our school.”

Karen Tolliver from Happy Valley Elementary in Bellingham remarked in her testimonial that during this Hanban trip to Beijing and Xi’an, she realized that she “needed somehow to open up the world to (our) school,” stating further that “we are very fortunate to have a visiting teacher from our sister school in Chongqing (who) has been with us now for a year” and become “one of our own” faculty members.

Listen to the testimonials of two principals in WA who participated in the 2013 Chinese Bridge Delegation.

Participants have an opportunity to:

  • Visit local K–12 schools, meet with educators, observe classes, and interact with students
  • Establish meaningful partnerships with Chinese local schools and network with U.S. colleagues
  • Attend presentations on best practices and gather resources to build and support Chinese language and culture programs
  • Experience the rich traditional culture set against stunning modern development

Eligible Participants:

Selection priority will be given to:

  • K–12 district administrators, school leaders, and other education decision-makers actively seeking to develop new/expanded Chinese programs. Selected participants are expected to be actively involved in and able to speak about their institution’s efforts to build or expand a Chinese language and culture program.
  • Multiple applicants from the same institution will be considered, but each applicant is required to submit an individual application.Note: First-time participants and former delegates are welcome to apply. All applications are subject to individual review and approval and compliance with applicable laws.

Next Chinese Bridge Delegation: November 2-11, 2018
Priority deadline to apply: July 23, 2018

To learn more information, visit the link here: Chinese Bridge Delegation 2018

To apply, visit the link here: Chinese Bridge Delegation Application 2018

For additional information, contact