Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum 2020

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Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum 2020 

Saturday, March 7, 2020
888 Turk Street, San Francisco 94102

Keynote Speaker Dr. Tara FortuneEarly 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 third 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 immersion researcher Dr. Tara Fortune, 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.



主讲人 Keynote Speaker - Tara W. Fortune, Ph.D.

Language Immersion in the Early Years:  Exemplary Practices From Around the World

The research literature is clear and cogently argues the value of becoming bilingual and biliterate. Increasingly, immersion programs that commit themselves to developing additional languages through schooling are beginning with the early preschool years. What programmatic features and instructional practices characterize effective early childhood immersion education? Dr. Fortune will discuss key research-supported principles and practices for high quality early childhood immersion environments. She will also showcase specific examples from experiences observing and working with language immersion programs from around the world, including those that target English and Chinese.

Dr. Tara Fortune is an immersion researcher and founder of Tara Fortune Consulting LLC. She specializes in strategic planning and support for dual language and immersion education. For over twenty years she served as Director of the Immersion Research and Professional Development Project at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), University of Minnesota. In this role she partnered with veteran practitioners and leading immersion researchers to offer professional learning experiences that bridge research and practice. Her work has involved schools, districts, state agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Fortune’s publications include two co-edited research volumes on immersion education, a research-to-practice handbook on struggling immersion learners, and articles in journals such as Foreign Language Annals, Modern Language Journal, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, and the Journal of Content-Based and Immersion Education (JICB). In 2016, she received the U.S. Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education. Current research examines achievement, language and character literacy acquisition in early total Mandarin immersion programs.




Schedule Overview

Here is a general overview of the day-long forum. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.




Keynote and Q&A


Break and Networking


First Breakout Sessions


Second Breakout Sessions


Lunch and Networking (roof deck open)


Roundtables 1


Roundtables 2


Resource Sharing Session



注册 Register

DEADLINE: February 21, 2020

The registration fee for this full day forum is $60. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks. 

Step 1: 

Via this link, complete registration form, then scroll all the way to the bottom of that page and click on the “Make a Payment Now” button to pay the registration fee: 

Register and Pay for ECCIF by February 21, 2020

Step 2:

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 Street and Gough Street close by the campus.





For More Information 

Contact info@eccif.org


Contact info@eccif.org




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JoJo Learning

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Mandarin Matrix 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

Xinyi Xu
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Yu Ming Charter School, Oakland