Seventh Annual Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum 2024


Date & Location 日期与地点

Saturday, May 4, 2024

  • Chinese American International School Middle School (6-8) Campus 中美国际学校中学部校区
  • Address 地址:888 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 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 practitioners in this exciting, developing field. In partnership with a fantastic group of peer schools (see Planning Committee listing below), we are thrilled to announce that the seventh annual Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum (ECCIF) is  taking place back at the Chinese American International School after all these years since the pandemic for educators in Chinese immersion preschool and Kindergarten programs to network and learn from one another. The forum includes a keynote presentation, workshops led by the keynote speaker, breakout sessions led by forum participants and networking opportunities.

Special thanks to our Sponsor shown below.

Schedule 研讨会内容与时间

8:30-9:15Welcome and Breakfast
9:15-9:30Opening Remarks
9:30-10:15Keynote Presentation — A Pedagogy of Play Yvonne Liu-Constant
10:30-12:00Mathful Play Workshop
(Sign up required*)
10:30-11:15Breakout Session 1 (45 min)
11:20-12:05Breakout Session 2 (45 min)
12:00-12:45Lunch and networking
12:45-1:15Vendor presentations


Team Connections
(Schools arrange this on their own if desired)
1:30-3:00Mathful Play Workshop
(Sign up required*)
1:20-2:05Breakout Session 3 (45 min)
2:10-2:55Breakout Session 4 (45 min)
3:00-3:30Reflections and Closing
“May The Math Force Be With You”
* Please note that the 10:30 and 1:30 sessions of the Mathful Play Workshop cover the same content. Sign up for either the morning or the afternoon offering.

Keynote Speaker 主讲人​​

Yvonne Liu-Constant 劉奕欣, Ph.D.

Yvonne Liu-Constant is an early childhood educator who loves teaching children as much as she loves working with teachers. Yvonne has taught children ages 3 to 8 at independent and public schools, as well as adults in undergraduate and graduate programs. Currently, she is a researcher at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and teaches early childhood education at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

Yvonne is trained as a cultural researcher, and she is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, and English. She co-authored A Pedagogy of Play with her colleagues at Project Zero, and translated it into Chinese. She also published research comparing childrearing practices of Chinese Immigrant and European American parents, and translated into English the Taiwanese children’s book Run, Little Hei Hei, Run. Yvonne is passionate about the integration of math, science, and the arts, and she is the founder of Mathful Play, a teacher collaborative that seeks to make math more playful and play more mathful.

Keynote Presentation 主题演讲

A Pedagogy of Play 玩的教育学

As early childhood educators, we recognize the importance of play – it helps children learn fundamental concepts, hone essential skills, and develop their abilities to collaborate, solve problems, and navigate uncertainty creatively. Despite this understanding, we find ourselves in a world that perpetuates a false division between learning and play, deeming learning as serious and rigorous, and play as enjoyable but frivolous. How can we champion play as a powerful strategy for learning?

Join us for a keynote presentation by Dr. Yvonne Liu-Constant, a researcher from Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Liu-Constant will present research findings from the Pedagogy of Play project conducted across five countries: Denmark, South Africa, the US, Colombia, and Taiwan. She will discuss cultural insights gained in Taiwanese classrooms and the implications for Chinese-speaking learners and teachers around the world.  Her presentation goes beyond theoretical insights and offers you practical strategies for playful teaching and learning, empowering you to advocate for playful learning with families and in the community. Elevate your educational approach and be a catalyst for change!

Registration and Submit a Proposal  注册与提交报告

2024 Registration Fees

  • General Admission: $75
  • College students: $30
    • Please show student ID  upon checking into the forum

Step 1: Registrations were accepted through Sunday, April 21, 2024

Step 2: Proposals for Breakout Sessions were accepted through Sunday, March 31, 2024

Step 3: Contact with any questions.

Forum Sponsors  研讨会赞助公司

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Planning Committee 筹备委员会

Ya-Ching Chang
Chinese Program Academic Dean
Silicon Valley International School, Palo Alto 

Chien-Hsuan Chen
Pre-K 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 

Wei Qian
Head of Early Childhood
CAIS, San Francisco

Chu Hsi Tseng
Preschool Director
CAIS, San Francisco

Wenting Wang
Director of Academics
Yu Ming Charter School, Oakland