Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum 2018


Keynote Speaker

Registration and
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Venue and Local Information

Changing the World One Child at a Time
How Chinese Immersion Benefits Preschool Kids

Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum 2018


Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


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


Early Childhood educators in Chinese immersion settings


Early childhood is an especially critical time for language learning, giving even more urgency for Chinese immersion educators to access one another and the collective wisdom of practictioners in this exciting, developing field. In partnership with a fantastic group of peer schools (see Planning Committee listing), CAIS will host the first annual Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum (ECCIF) for educators in Chinese immersion preschool and kindergarten programs to network and learn from one another. The forum will include a keynote presentation by renowned language educator Helena Curtain, breakout sessions lead by conference participants, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities. We are thrilled to gather early childhood educators to discuss topics and share best practices in Chinese immersion in these critical, formative years for students.



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 and Breakfast
9:00-10:30 a.m. Keynote & Q&A (see details below)
10:30-10:50 a.m. Break and Networking
10:50-11:40 a.m. Breakout Session 1
11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:20 p.m. Breakout Session 2
1:20-1:30 p.m. Transition
1:30-2:10 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 1
2:10-2:20 p.m. Transition
2:20-3:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 2
3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Reflections



主讲人 Keynote Speaker

Helena Curtain, Ph.D.Changing the World One Child at a Time Through Chinese Immersion
How Immersion Benefits Preschool Kids

Keynote Speaker Helena Curtain’s presentation will address important questions and topics including: 

  1. What is the research on the benefits of bilingualism?

  2. How do pre-school children learn a second language?

  3. Literacy development for immersion students.

Helena Curtain, Ph. D. is an internationally known expert on second language teaching methodology, curriculum development, and bilingual education who has worked as a language educator at all levels. She is the co-author of Languages and Learners: Making the Match which has been translated into Chinese. She has received several national and regional awards and has authored numerous articles dealing with second language instruction. She served as Foreign Language Curriculum Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools for many years and in that capacity coordinated and supervised K-12 foreign language, immersion and ESOL programs. She served as associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and directed the Foreign Language and ESOL teacher preparation programs. She has broad experience working with schools and school districts, teaching and conducting workshops throughout the United States and internationally in thirty-nine countries.




注册 Register

Registration is now closed.

Conference staff will contact registrants by email to complete the payment process for the $20 registration fee. (Attendees whose breakout session submission have been selected will have the registration fee waived.) Contact info@eccif.org 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 

Contact info@eccif.org


Contact info@eccif.org




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Cristina Calcagno
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
CAIS, San Francisco 

Kevin Chang
Director of Chinese Program
CAIS, San Francisco

Cindy Chiang
Nursery-8th Chinese Academic Dean
International School of the Peninsula |
Ecole internationale de la Péninsule |
半島國際學校, Palo Alto

Britta Pells
Early Childhood Division Director
CAIS, San Francisco

Yi Que (阙宜)
Pre-K4 Class Teacher & Preprimary Director
Shu Ren International School/An IB World School, Berkeley

Eve Wu
Kindergarten Teacher
Yu Ming Charter School, Oakland