Innovations in Mandarin Education: Fostering Community Collaboration

HOUSTON – November 14, 2014

Asia Society Texas Center together with co-sponsor Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Education Division present a three-hour workshop to bring together experts, teachers, and leaders in education to address the growing presence of Mandarin education and implementation in local school curriculum. The featured keynote speaker will be Dr. Terry Grier, Superintendent of Houston Independent School District. During 2014 Dr. Grier was a finalist for the National Superintendent of The Year Award by the American Association of School Administrators as well as “State Superintendent of the Year” for California and North Carolina; he will speak about the “Road to Global Competency”. He is joined by a panel of language experts that will discuss Mandarin education in the digital age, the usage of language tools through singing, and collaboration to help foster a stronger community in Mandarin education.

In addition to the speakers, the workshop will include a variety of interactive activities, including: exhibition booths, hands-on activities for the classroom, networking opportunities, door prizes, and a tea ceremony. This workshop is recognized by the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, TAGT as two hours’ worth of training in gifted education.

With 11 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.

The Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston promotes educational exchanges between Taiwan and eight states in the southern part of the United States including Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Information and tickets to the workshop can be found at