CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE (CI)
The Confucius Institute (CI) at the Houston Independent School District works to promote Chinese language and culture through district-wide cultural celebrations and special events, Sister School relationships, Chinese Bridge programs for students and educators, and instructional development and support for HISD Chinese language teachers. Founded in 2013, the CI is a partnership between HISD, the College Board and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (the “Hanban”).
The HISD Confucius Institute, the only K-12 Confucius Institute in the state of Texas, currently has six campuses that host Confucius Classrooms. These schools receive an annual grant to support campus-wide programs, classroom materials, and teacher training as part of their Confucius Classroom program. In addition, HISD is home to the largest PreK-8 Mandarin Immersion school in the U.S.
As part of our commitment to educating Global Graduates, HISD Confucius Institute is instrumental in developing skilled communicators in a competitive national and global field. The institute also provides professional development for Confucius classroom teachers, fosters collaboration within the HISD community for the purpose of strengthening awareness of Chinese heritage and culture, and serves as a resource center for world language teachers.
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Goals & Initiatives
The HISD Confucius Institute has three major goals:Improve Teaching and Learning– Provide teacher resources and appropriate training
– Host the Confucius Classroom Network for K-12 educators
– Develop regional infrastructure for K-12 language programsStrengthen Awareness of Chinese Heritage and Culture
– Provide speakers with expert knowledge of China's history, society, literature and culture
– Establish partnerships with Chinese educational institutions
– Support and enhance Study Abroad programs throughout Houston ISDEnhance Community Outreach
– Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
– Cultural eventsSpecial Events
CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE DAY: A TASTE OF CHINA
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute program, CI at Houston ISD organized various activities that included a lecturer on the history of Chinese cuisine, tea ceremony, noodle making demonstration by chefs from China Cuisine Association, food tasting and networking.Branding MaterialsAll HISD Confucius Institute logos and templates can be accessed via the HISD branding site: http://houstonisd.org/branding.
Mandarin Immersion (MIMS)*
School at St. George Place
Mandarin Immersion (MIMS)*
Houston Acad. Int'l Studies*
* Confucius Classroom Grant School