Innovations in Mandarin Education Workshop Showcased Great Success of Collaboration

Innovations in Mandarin Education Workshop Showcased Great Success of Collaboration between Education Division-Houston and Asia Society Texas Center

Photo: (From Left) Ms. Sophie Chou, Director of Education Division; Mr. Greg Meyers, Trustee of HISD Board of Education; Dr. Terry Grier, Superintendent of HISD; Ms. Kelly Kleinkort, Director of Educationa Program of Asia Society

To promote Mandarin education and to bring together communities and schools working collaboratively in making better education to children, Education Division of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston (Education Division of TECO-Houston) together with co-sponsor Asia Society Texas Center (Asia Society) presented a three-hour workshop that invited experts, teachers, and leaders in education to address the growing presence of Mandarin education and implementation in local school curriculum, 6 pm to 9 pm, Friday, November 14, 2014 at Asia Society.

Featured keynote speaker Dr. Terry Grier, Superintendent of Houston Independent School District (HISD) is recently awarded for the National Superintendent of The Year 2014 by the American Association of School Administrators this October as well as “State Superintendent of the Year” for California and North Carolina in the past. He shared his language learning experience in Taiwan and insight on how multi-language proficiency can lead students to future success in global competency with participants. Director-General of TECO-Houston, Mr. Louis Huang delivered opening remarks to welcome all of the speakers and participants noting that Taiwan is no stranger to the importance of international education, innovative teaching techniques, and yet preserved the tradition of Mandarin education through the use of Traditional Chinese Characters that have existed for thousands of years. In addition to the distinguished speakers, the workshop was completed by a panel of language experts that discussed 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 presentations, the workshop included a variety of interactive activities simultaneously, including exhibition booths, hands-on activities for the classroom such as paper folding, calligraphy, a tea ceremony, and teaching materials/textbooks networking opportunities.

The event was wrapped up by raffle prizes drawing sponsored by Education Division of TECO-Houston while 120 participants were contained with hors d'oeuvres to their stomach and happy smiles on their faces. Last but not least, each registered participant got to bring home 2-credit certificate for their professional development when completing this 3-hour workshop.

Photo: (From Right) Mr. Jr Shi Tseng, General Manager of Lu Feng Technology Inc.; Ms. Sophie Chou, Director of Education Division; Mr. Louis Huang, Director-General of TECO in Houston; Ms. Annie Lee, Advisor of Mandarin Daily News