STARTALK-CHELER Chinese Leadership Program

The STARTALK-CHELER Chinese Leadership Program is designed for current K-12 experienced teachers and academic directors of community-based Chinese heritage schools/programs. The purpose is to expand participants’ knowledge and skills in planning and presenting a standards-based, thematically organized, performance-based, and technology supported learning plan, which is age appropriate for Chinese heritage learners. The instruction and learning experience will be differentiated for new and returning STARTALK participants. In the online course, participants will gain knowledge from reading articles and viewing videos, discussing in forum, and engage in a variety of activities. In the face-to- face onsite workshop, participants, working in small groups, will design tasks and learning plans and complete micro-teaching.  By the end of the program, the participants will be able to: (1) design standards-based thematically organized unit/lesson plans that address learner needs with backward design planning, and technology support; (2) develop the literacy skills of Chinese heritage learners in the context of Chinese heritage schools; and (3) implement strategies of Differentiated Instruction to meet diverse needs of heritage learners. We welcome passionate and dedicated teacher to join us for an intensive and rewarding summer to transform your teaching practice and to be effective teacher leaders.

WHO: Experienced teachers and academic directors of community-based Chinese heritage schools

WHERE: Residential program—Main Campus, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio.


  • Online: June 13-July 13, 2018 four-week online readings and preparations
  • Onsite: July 15-22, 2018 one-week residential program on UT campus
  • Online forum for continuous support and mentoring (during summer and fall semester of 2018)


  • Free 6 continuing education units
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Free housing and meals for residential participants
  • Free program materials, - including a textbook
  • Learning from the best in the field and nation-wide network with Chinese heritage school leaders
  • Limited travel support will be available for selected participants. **Some restrictions apply.**
  • Limited scholarship available to the candidate who studies for studying a master's program for Ohio multi-age education license in Chinese at the University of Toledo in 2018-2019. (Please contact us for details)



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