Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum 2022

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ECCIF 2022

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Saturday, March 26, 2022
Virtual Forum with Synchronous Sessions via Zoom (Link to be provided to all registrants)

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 practitioners in this exciting, developing field. In partnership with a fantastic group of peer schools (see Planning Committee listing), CAIS is hosting the fifth 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 Dr. Mina Kim, Professor and Chair of the Department of Elementary Education at San Francisco State University; breakout sessions led by conference participants; and networking opportunities.

We are thrilled to gather early childhood educators online to discuss topics and share best practices in Chinese immersion in these critical, formative years for students.


主讲人 Keynote Speaker - Mina Kim, Ph.D.

Empowering Ourselves: Navigating Our Occupational Identity as Teacher After the Pandemic

Mina Kim, Ph.D.For the last two years, we have had to experience something new and strange called the Pandemic, which impacted our teaching practice as well as our professional and personal lives, and we are still dealing with the results of this worldwide phenomenon in our daily lives. However, as we are getting close to the end of the Pandemic, it is time for us to rethink the goal of education for young children by revisiting our educational beliefs and philosophy in the field of Early Childhood Education. In this process, we will look into ourselves with different lenses and reframe the role of teachers to meet the needs of children in this challenging time. From Reggio Emilia’s approach, we know teachers are also researchers in our own classroom. We will review a research inquiry called Teacher Action Research together in this session, which will empower us to think deeply about socially equitable education for young children. Discussion and reflection around this topic will also help us develop a democratic classroom for all children as well as teachers who have different cultural and linguistic backgrounds to grow together in a community. This progressive educational framework will be the highlight of the session.

Mina Kim, Professor and chair of the Department of Elementary Education at San Francisco State University, has an established expertise in the field of Early Childhood Education. She holds a B.A. in Child Development & Education, a M.S. in Childhood Development, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. As a teacher educator, Dr. Kim is interested in teacher education and culturally marginalized ECE teachers in society. Her most recent study involves enhancing teachers’ understanding and knowledge on teaching math and science to young children along with integration with language and literacy development. For the past fifteen years, she has been working on promoting math and science for young children for preschool teachers and has published several articles on these topics. She has participated in multiple presentations and has many publications focused on issues of early childhood curriculum development, paying specific attention to teacher action research, issues of math and science instruction, second-language learning, integrated curriculum, multicultural perspectives. She has served as a chair of Action Research Community_Early Childhood Education at Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) for the past ten years. She has served on two early childhood teacher education journal editorial boards, in which she reviews articles related to educational action research, integrated curriculum and multicultural education. She is a coordinator of undergraduate early childhood education program and co-coordinator of master in early childhood education at SF State. 



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Ya-Ching Chang
Lower School Chinese Curriculum Leader
Silicon Valley International School, Palo Alto 

Chien-Hsuan Chen
EC Jefferson Site Director
Shu Ren International School, Berkeley

Cindy Chiang
Director of Chinese Program
CAIS, San Francisco

Simona Chongo   
Head of Preschool
Presidio Knolls School, San Francisco 

PengPeng Jiang   
Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction
Yu Ming Charter School, Oakland 

Wei Qian
Head of Early Childhood
CAIS, San Francisco

Chu Hsi Tseng
Preschool Director
CAIS, San Francisco

Elaine Tseng
Preschool Curriculum Coordinator
Presidio Knolls School , San Francisco