Supporting language learners and teachers is one of my major missions. I was a middle school Chinese language teacher while in Taiwan. I have also received a single subject teaching credential on Chinese language in Madison, Wisconsin in the early 1980’s. Since completing studies of Monolingual Chinese-speaking elementary school children in Taiwan and Mandarin-English bilingual elementary school children in Singapore back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, I continue to work closely with various groups of Chinese teachers in Northern California and schools overseas. Currently, I collaborate with Dr. Carolyn Nelson, Associate Dean of Connie L. Lurie College of Education and Ms. Mary Jew, Director of Instructional Services at Cupertino Unified School District to develop a Biliteracy Chinese Mandarin-English K-8 Teaching Credential Program. We anticipate to begin recruiting in Spring 2009.
In the early 1990’s, I was inspired by the work of Dr. Lungching Chiao, founder of the Adopt A Rural School Library Project and her associates’ tireless effort to support students, teachers, and villagers in rural China. I collaborated with her to launch the first summer institute for rural school teachers in 1993 held in Hunan, China. I have joined her for a few summer institutes since then to work with teachers and school administrators in various cities. To know more about Dr. LungChing Chiao and the teams of volunteers’ invaluable work, please click on www.esscare.org and view NBC Nightly News’ Teacher Makes A Difference (originally broadcasted on 10-19-07).
I joined CAERDA since its inception on 9-28-92 and served as the Vice President and Conference Chair in 1995-96; the conference was held on 9-21-96 in San Jose . I was elected as the President in 1996-1997. Since 1994, I have served as a board member for three terms. In early 2000’s, as a Treasurer, I completed the task for CAERDA to become a non-profit organization; between 2001-2007 I have also served as a member of annual International Conference Planning Committee. CAERDA is an invaluable professional organization serving its members, mainly Chinese and Chinese American educators and researchers, as well as the greater communities.
Since February 1995, I have launched and co-edited with different educators the Asian Pacific American Education Column in NABE News (a publication of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)). Dr. Ping Liu, Professor at the Department of Teacher Education, California State University, Long Beach and I have established a peer-review system for the column before we retired from the role as the co-editors in spring 2007. For more information about
the NABE News, please visit: http://www.nabe.org/publications/magazine.html