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K-12 Mandarin Program Administrators Conference

Featuring a keynote by Dr. Shuhan Wang

Hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota

The aim of this conference is to bring together superintendents, principals, world language coordinators, and other district and school staff who are involved in the development of Chinese language programs in Minnesota schools and districts.

We will address the challenges and opportunities created by the rapid growth of Mandarin language programs in Minnesota, including the following topics:

The keynote speaker, Dr. Shuhan Wang will provide information from a national perspective and Joan Brzezinski will provide information specific to Minnesota.

About Dr. Shuhan Wang

For more than 25 years, Dr. Shuhan C. Wang has been actively involved in field-building for the Chinese language in the United States. Currently, she is Deputy Director of the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland. She is also Co-Principal Investigator of the STARTALK Project.

Prior to joining NFLC, Dr. Wang was Executive Director for Chinese Language Initiatives at the Asia Society and was Education Associate for World Languages and International Education for the Delaware Department of Education where her collaborative efforts led Delaware to win the prestigious Goldman Sachs Award for Excellence in International Education in 2005. She was also a Chinese and English as a Second Language teacher at heritage and K-12 schools, and at the university level.  

Dr. Wang’s research interests include language planning and policy, world language and heritage language education, teacher education and development, curriculum development, and materials design. Her work is published in books and peer-reviewed journals nationally and internationally, including in two Chinese textbook series for high school and elementary school students. She is the project director and lead author of Flying with Chinese, a series of textbooks for K-6 learners of Chinese.

Dr. Wang holds a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the National Taiwan University, an MA in Communication from the Ohio State University, and another MA in Bilingualism/Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Delaware. She received her PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Friday, May 18, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Campus Club, Fourth floor, Rooms ABC, Coffman Memorial Union


Cost: $35 per person. Lunch will be provided.


Contact Emily at or (612) 625-5080 to reserve your space. Payment by check is required to complete your registration. Registration deadline: Friday, May 11, 2012