Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum 2019


Keynote Speaker

Registration and
Request for Proposals
Venue and Local Information

Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum 2019

Saturday, March 30, 2019
888 Turk Street, San Francisco 94102

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 is hosting the second 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 includes a keynote presentation by renowned language educator Shuhan Wang, breakout sessions led 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.



Schedule Overview

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




Keynote and Q&A


Break and Networking


Breakout Sessions 1


Lunch and Networking


Breakout Sessions 2


Break and Transition




Break and Prep


Resource Sharing Session:
Exhibition and presentation provided by educators and publishers/sponsors




主讲人 Keynote Speaker - Shuhan Wang, Ph.D. 王周淑涵博士

PLAYful Learning, Purposeful Guidance

In recent years, Chinese immersion preschools have been multiplying throughout the United States, especially in northern California and metropolitan areas such as New York City and Washington, D.C. Many of these Chinese immersion programs have been fairly successful in adopting play-based, project-based, or inquiry-based methodologies, borrowing from Montessori, Reggio Emilio, Waldorf, International Baccalaureate’s PYP programming, and others. However, a big question that remains is how to position Chinese language in the curriculum and instruction, despite the obvious fact that Chinese language should be front and center in a Chinese immersion preschool. For example, to what extent should the Chinese language become one of the content areas to be taught directly, and to what extent should it be embedded and integrated within a comprehensive and engaging general instruction? Drawing on studies in early childhood development, bilingual and biliteracy development, and dual language/immersion education, Dr. Wang unpacks how children learn through PLAYfulness (P: Peers and Relationships; L: Languages and Literacies; A: Actions and Activities; and Y: Yes, I Can!), and how educators can accompany the children with purposeful and intentional guidance every step of the way.

Shuhan C. Wang, Ph.D. Shuhan C. Wang, Ph.D. (王周淑涵博士) is the President of ELE Consulting International, LLC and Project Director of the Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network (CELIN) at the Asia Society. Dr. Wang has held a variety of prominent positions in language education, including Deputy Director of the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland and Co-Principal Investigator of the STARTALK Project. She was the Executive Director for Chinese Language Initiatives at the Asia Society and Education Associate for World Languages and International Education for the State of Delaware. Since 2012, she has been serving as an advisor to the Ministry of Education in Singapore on the Mother Tongue and Chinese Primary Curriculum Projects. Dr. Wang has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and Chinese language textbooks for K-12 students. She is a widely sought-after speaker at conferences and workshops nationally and internationally. She received her PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.




注册 Register

DEADLINE: February 22, 2019

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

Step 1: 

Via this link, complete registration form then click on the “Buy Now” to pay the registration fee: 

Register and Pay for Chinese Innovation Forum 2019 by February 22, 2019

Step 2:

Submit a breakout session proposal (Optional)

The breakout sessions are an opportunity for conference participants to present, alone or with a team, some of the incredible work you’re doing at your school or a topic about which you have strong knowledge. Sessions can take any format you’d like and will be 50 minutes long. If you are interested in leading a breakout session, please fill out the section below by Friday, February 1, 2019.

Submit a Breakout Session Proposal by February 1, 2019

Step 3:

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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Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco


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

Simona Chongo 钟文慧  
Head of Preschool
Presidio Knolls School 普利西学校

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