Education, Society, and Globalization in China: A Collaborative Teacher Training Program

Working with Dr. Wenhao Diao in the University of Arizona’s Department of East Asian Studies, CERCLL organized a professional development program that took K-12 educators to China. The project enabled twelve K-16 educators to spend four weeks in China in summer 2019, where they gained insights into Chinese education and its aspirations for globalization, and discussed a range of issues related to gender, social justice, and globalization in both China and the United States. The project was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and was supported by additional funding from the University of Arizona’s College of Humanities and Department of East Asian Studies, as well as the Catalina Foothills School District.

The one-week pre-departure orientation and four-week in-country seminar included language classes, field trips, lectures, and small group workshops, as well as one-on-one exchange with Chinese K-16 educators. The goal was for participating educators to effectively incorporate their first-hand experience from China into humanities and social sciences curricula in K-16 schools in Arizona and further afield, and to prepare students for an increasingly globalized world. Materials created by the participants in this program will soon be available for others to use on CERCLL’s new OER website (available Fall 2020).

For further details on this program, click here. (The deadline to participate has passed.)