The School of Teacher Education (STE) at WKU collaborated with the WKU Confucius Institute and the Hanban, Ministry of Education in China, this past year to develop certification training for teachers in China who would be working in the Kentucky school systems teaching Chinese language classes.
Portfolio guidelines were developed in which the Chinese teachers had to document their understanding of Kentucky Teacher Standards through narrative, and demonstrate proficiency of performance criteria through artifacts.
Dr. S. Kay Gandy and Dr. Lisa D. Murley traveled to Beijing in April 2012 to prepare the Chinese teachers for certification with 30 hours of training. The Chinese teachers were exposed to Kentucky Common Core Standards, successful teaching strategies, differentiation practices, assessment practices, classroom management practices, effective communication, collaboration skills, technology use, and leadership responsibilities.
Each of the Chinese teachers submitted a portfolio to a team of evaluators from the STE and participated in professional oral presentations to the evaluators via Skype in June 2012. All of the Chinese candidates have since been certified to teach Chinese language classes in Kentucky.
Hanban has since invited faculty members from the STE to come back this year to train a new group of Chinese teachers who will be working in Kentucky. In April 2013, Dr. Gandy and Dr. Martha Day will travel to Beijing to train the group.
This program helps to ensure that any Chinese teacher wanting to come to Kentucky to teach Chinese language classes in local schools may do so without requiring emergency certification procedures. It also means that teachers from China may now stay in the United States for at least five years, a measure which provides stability and continuity to language classes, a must if the program is to be successful.
Contact: S. Kay Gandy, (270) 745-2991.