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 Chinese K–12 schools and universities, meet with Chinese educators, and observe classes.
  • Establish meaningful partnerships with Chinese schools and network with colleagues.
  • Attend presentations on best practices and learn about resources to build and support Chinese language and culture programs.
  • Experience China firsthand and marvel at the rich traditional culture set against stunning modern development.

Eligible Participants

  • K–12 district administrators, school leaders, and other education decision-makers actively seeking to develop new and expanded Chinese programs.
  • Higher education scholars and administrators with research and professional ties to Chinese language and culture.

First-time participants and former delegates are welcome to apply.


To apply, visit

For additional information, contact

The most recent Chinese Bridge Delegation was organized by the College Board in November 20145. 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 2011 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:  Part1 *  Part2 *  Part3 *  Part4