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About the Conference: The Mandarin Program Administrators Conference offers insight into the world of K-12 Mandarin Chinese language program administration for educators interested in starting or developing Mandarin language programs at the school or district level. Confucius Institute and Minnesota Department of Education staff will be on hand to offer support for existing Chinese language programs and those interested in implementing new programs in Minnesota.
This year's conference will feature guest speaker Mr. Michael Bacon, Assistant Director of Dual Language at Portland Public Schools. His presentation is entitled "Dual Language Immersion: Research Findings and Equity in Action."
Workshop Description: In collaboration with the Rand Corporation and American Councils, Portland Public Schools (PPS) completed a four year federally funded research study on the "Effect of Immersion Education on Academic Achievement". This ground breaking immersion research field factored out selection bias, a common problem with making a true comparison of outcomes for students in immersion and those not. Conference attendees will learn about the key research findings and, equally important, how these findings led PPS to plan and implement actions to bring more equitable practices in its immersion programs.
About Michael Bacon:
Michael Bacon works in Portland Public Schools (PPS) as the Assistant Director of the Department of Dual Language overseeing program, professional and curriculum development for 15 dual language immersion (DLI) programs in Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Vietnamese across 26 schools K-12. He also directs district wide efforts to articulate and develop K-12 World Language programs along with Native Language Literacy in Spanish and Somali. Over the past four years he collaborated with the Rand Corporation and American Councils to conduct a federally funded (IES) funded research project on the Effect of DLI on Student Achievement in PPS resulting in three professional journal articles including the ACTFL Foreign Language Annals and numerous presentations. He directs the K-12 portion of the NSEP funded K-16 Oregon Chinese Flagship grant in collaboration with the University of Oregon and leads a district coordinated 21 Confucius Classroom consortium. Michael is currently on the advisory committee for the Asia Society’s national networking effort called Chinese Early Learning Immersion Network (CELIN) and recently served as the chairperson of ACTFL’s Dual Language Immersion Special Interest Group. He regularly presents at national professional conferences and workshops on DLI curriculum, instruction, assessment, programs and research. He has also been the PI on a numerous federal and local grant projects (i.e. FLAP). Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages and served as president of the Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon for three years. He also worked for the College Board in the development of AP Japanese training. As a teacher he taught English in Japan for three years in a junior high school and then Japanese as a world language at middle and high school in Portland. He then taught Japanese and Social Studies for eight years in immersion designing, planning and implementing innovative practices and curriculum that continue today.
Schedule: Friday, March 24, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $35 (includes lunch and a parking voucher)
University International Center Room
101 331-17th Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Registration deadline is Thursday, March 16, 2017.
Registration requires the use of a credit card to pay the fee. If you are unable to pay by credit card please contact the Confucius Institute to register for the event.