On May 9, 2018, the Seattle School Board recognized the 35-year Seattle – Chongqing Sister City Partnership, as well as the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington for its work with students and educators. Download the Chongqing Recognition Program.
From the Seattle School Board’s article:
Seattle Chongqing Sister City Partnership
The Seattle – Chongqing Sister Cities established 35 years ago as an important step in positive international relations between China and the United States. In 2010, Seattle Public Schools was invited to partner with the Chongqing Municipal Education Commission after CIWA was founded. Since that time, the relationship between Chongqing and Seattle has been strengthened, exemplified by the Chongqing Municipal Education Commission being recognized as Chinese Partner of the Year at the Global Confucius Institute Conference in China in December 2017.
Housed at Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School, the Confucius Institute Education Center provides a space dedicated to Chinese language and culture. It also functions as a communal space, offering language class, workshops and cultural programs for the greater community.
Seattle Public Schools’ International Education Administrator Michele Aoki spoke about the district’s partnership with CIWA benefiting student learning through Chinese language immersion from visiting teachers. “Hundreds of students in Seattle Public Schools have developed caring relationships with our visiting teachers from Chongqing, and Seattle Public Schools educators have gained a broader sense of how education is conducted in other countries through these collaborations across the ocean.”
CIWA provides a multitude of pathways for students and educators, ranging from language programs to certification, mentorship and educational trips to China. This spring, two student delegations, one from Chief Sealth International High School and another from Beacon Hill International Elementary School, traveled to Chongqing to represent their communities abroad and learn through cultural immersion.
VFA and CIWA are stellar examples of community organizations that have created positive partnerships across the school district, collaborating with Seattle Public Schools for student success.
View the video of the recognition.
At the event, CIWA’s Chinese Director from Chongqing, Wenqiu Wang, was also presented with a plaque recognizing her contributions to Seattle Public Schools and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington over the past four years.