Sixth Annual Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum 2023


Dates & Locations 日期与地点

Friday, March 24, 2023

Chinese American International School
42/52 Waller Street, San Francisco

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Presidio Knolls School  
250 10th St, San Francisco

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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 in the sidebar to the right), we are thrilled to announce that sixth annual Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum (ECCIF) is extended to two days. The expanded format will be co-hosted by Chinese American International School (CAIS) and Presidio Knolls School (PKS) for educators in Chinese immersion preschool and Kindergarten programs to network and learn from one another. The forum includes a CAIS school visit day, a panel presentation that features the preschool programs of the five planning committee schools, breakout sessions led by conference participants, and networking opportunities.

Schedule 研讨会内容与时间

Friday, March 24
Location: CAIS, 42/52 Waller Street, San Francisco

  • 9:30-9:45  Check-in
  • 9:45-10:50 CAIS Waller Campus Visit
  • 10:50-11:20 Q+A
  • 11:20-12:20 Lunch
  • 12:20-1:30 CAIS Oak Campus Visit
  • 1:30-2:00 Q+A 
  • 2:00-2:30 Networking / Refreshment

Saturday, March 25
Location: PKS, 250 10th St, San Francisco

  • 8:00-8:40 Welcome and Breakfast
  • 8:40-8:50 Opening Remarks
  • 8:50-10:00 Panel Presentation
  • 10:00-10:20 Break
  • 10:20-11:30 Breakout Session 1 *
  • 11:30-12:30 Lunch
  • 12:00-12:30 Vendors Presentation
  • 12:30-1:40 Breakout Session 2 *
  • 1:40-2:00 Break
  • 2:00-3:10 Breakout Session 3 *
  • 3:10-3:30 Featured Schools and Vendors Gallery Walk

* Each Breakout Session will include a 50-minute presentation and 20 minutes of discussion

Panel Presentation 专题讨论会

Join the conversation with our panel of distinguished experts in Mandarin immersion early childhood education as we share best practices in the field with you.

Cindy Chiang
Moderator Cindy Chiang | 姜欣怡
CAIS Chinese Program Director
Chien-Hsuan Chen
Panelist Chien-Hsuan Chen | 陈粁嬛
Shu Ren – Pre-K Site Director
Simona Chongo
Panelist Simona Chongo | 钟文慧
PKS – Head of Preschool
Chu Hsi Tseng
Panelist Chu Hsi Tseng | 曾竺西
CAIS Preschool Director
Stephanie Wafzig
Panelist Stephanie Wafzig
INTL – PYP Coordinator
Wenting Wang
Panelist Wenting Wang | 王文婷
Yu Ming – Director of Academics

Historically, Mandarin immersion preschool education has been an emerging field in the past 20 years. There is only a little research that provides literacy review or data to demonstrate how to develop a Mandarin immersion preschool program model with up-to-date research and best practices. To build a high quality Mandarin immersion preschool program, it is important to further ask what the philosophy, mission and vision are behind the Mandarin immersion preschool program. How do we construct the curriculum? What do we teach to young children and whose voice matters in the program and curriculum model? What resources can we leverage to support school teachers and preservice teachers along their career path in this field?  

The panel will give rich voice to the programmatic and innovative features that characterize the Mandarin immersion preschool education and will provide a fertile ground for the further advances in the theoretical educational investigation. Presenters from our five ECCIF committee schools will discuss key principles and best practices of Early Childhood Mandarin Immersion Programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. They will focus on

  1. Immersion models
  2. Pedagogical approach
  3. Professional growth path
  4. Building community and communication with families

Registration and Submit a Proposal  注册与提交报告

2023 Registration Fees

  • General Admission:
    • One-day (3/25)  $50
    • Two-days (3/24 & 3/25) $55
  • College students: $20
    • Please show student ID  upon checking into the forum

Step 1: Via this link, complete registration form by Friday, March 17, 2023

Step 2: Via this link submit a Breakout Session proposal by Thursday, February 16, 2023

Step 3: Contact with any questions.