Chinese Innovation Forum 2018


Keynote Speakers

Registration and
Request for Proposals
Venue and Local Information

Chinese Innovation Forum 2018


While there has been tremendous growth in Chinese language programs over the past two decades, with the slowing of interest in Chinese and language learning in general, we now find ourselves at a crossroads. How do we continue to build our programs? How can teachers convince administrators not to cut our programs? How can we sustain student interest in learning Chinese for the long term with innovative pedagogical approaches? How can we leverage online and digital tools to create learning communities without boundaries?

This year’s forum seeks to build capacity amongst our communities to collaborate on these topics, and to build networks on working on innovation in these areas. Our format will be a little different than in past years - we wish to have presenters highlight their work in innovating Chinese pedagogy, program growth and sustenance, community building and uses of technology, and immediately follow up with a round-table discussion with participants to identify goals and areas for continued work. This work will continue into the future, beyond the day’s activity for Forum, sharing via the Chinese Innovation Forum website.


Saturday, October 6, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Chinese American International School
Middle School Campus
888 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


Educators in Chinese language field




研讨会内容与时间 Schedule

Here is a general overview of the day-long forum.

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration, Coffee & Tea
9:00-10:00 a.m. Opening Welcome, First Keynote Speaker Ying Jin
10:00-10:45 a.m. Presentations 1
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussions 1
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided by the Chinese Innovation Forum)
1:00-2:00 p.m. Second Keynote Speaker Claudia Ross
2:00-2:45 p.m. Presentations 2
3:00-4:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussions 2
4:00-4:30 p.m. Closing Discussion and Next Steps



主讲人 Keynote Speakers

Ying Jin Dr. Claudia Ross

Ying Jin

Dr. Claudia Ross

Ying Jin was named 2018 National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Jin is the first Chinese language teacher to be awarded this ACTFL honor. She teaches at two schools in the Fremont Union High School District in California: Cupertino and Homestead High Schools. She also has worked extensively in a number of STARTALK Teacher and Student programs. Dr. Claudia Ross is Professor of Chinese at the College of the Holy Cross and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. She holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Michigan and has authored or co-authored three reference grammars designed for CFL learners and teachers, as well as several textbooks for CFL learners at the beginning and intermediate level, along with articles and book chapters on Chinese syntax. Her current research and teaching focuses on Chinese literacy development. Since 2012, she has served as Director of the “Read-On” STARTALK program, a K-College teacher training program that explores Chinese literacy development and the integration of literacy instruction in a student-centered, Standards-based curriculum.




注册 Register

DEADLINE: September 15, 2018

The registration fee for this full day forum is $40. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. 

Step 1: 

Complete registration form via this link… 

Register for Chinese Innovation Forum 2018 by September 15, 2018

Step 2:

Conference staff will contact you by email to complete the payment process for the $40 registration fee.

Step 3:

Submit a breakout session proposal (Optional)

If you are interested in leading a presentation/roundtable discussion, please complete this short Google form here with information about your topic.

Submit a Breakout Session Proposal by September 15, 2018

Step 4:

Contact with any questions.



研讨会地点 Venue and Location Information

888 Campus Location 

CAIS’s 888 Campus is located at 888 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.




Take either the MUNI 47 or the MUNI 49 to the stop at Van Ness and Eddy. Walk one block south to Turk and then walk two blocks west to reach the 888 Campus.


Take BART to the Civic Center station and be sure to exit via the Civic Center Plaza. Travel west on Grove and turn right (north) on Gough to walk up to the 888 Campus. 



Metered street parking is available on Turk and Gough close by the campus.




For More Information 






San Francisco State University Chinese Program

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco

University of Puget Sound Asian Studies Program 




Kevin Chang
Director of Chinese Program
CAIS, San Francisco

Sara C. Chao
Chinese Teacher
New Trier High School, Winnetka IL

Dr. Jinhuei Dai
Professor and Coordinator of the Chinese Studies Program
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey 
Lotus Perry
Chinese Instructor
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA

Adam Ross
Chinese Content and Tech Specialist
CAIS, San Francisco