Mandarin Immersion Parents Support is a Facebook group for current and incoming parents of Mandarin Immersion (MI) programs throughout the United States.
The group provides a forum for parents to share information and find support relating to Mandarin Immersion programs, Chinese language study, and dual language education.
By having a national group, we hope to draw on more people for resources and ways to help our children in their study of Chinese, to assist parents in making connections ahead of family moves, and for school groups to organize for state-level and national advocacy for Mandarin Immersion.
It is a private group and postings on the group represent parents’ views only; they do not represent any school’s opinion nor are they endorsed by any school.
To join, visit “About” section the Mandarin Immersion Parents Support group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/242781425863187/) and send a message to the group administrator.
If you’re more an email list type of person, there’s a national group for Mandarin immersion parents on Yahoo:
And if you’re an organizer of a group that supports your local Mandarin immersion program (for example Portland’s Shu Ren group or the Utah Mandarin Immersion Parent Council, there’s a group where youc an share tips about organizing, fundraising, etc. It’s at
From China Daily:
A trip to China changed a state’s education
Updated: 2014-06-27 11:37
By Qidong Zhang in San Francisco (China Daily USA)
It all began with a trip to China in 2006. As a result, today 13,000 students in the state of Utah in grades K-12 speak Mandarin, the highest ratio in the US population.
And the person who made that trip and then changed education profoundly in Utah and potentially in the United States is Howard Stephenson, a Utah state Senator since 1992.
“I was stunned by the higher knowledge level of the Chinese high school and college students during my conversations with them. Their dream for better life, their drive and ambition, their depth of world knowledge gave me such an impression that as a state senator, I was deeply concerned about our education system after I talked to them,” said Stephenson in a recent interview with China Daily.
“Our (American) children would never grow up and become world leaders if we do not take initiative to learn other languages and cultures immediately, especially Chinese language; and we as a country would not sustain our world leader position if our next generation does not step up.”
Please read more here;
Parents in Menlo Park, Calif. are starting to look at the charter process, after they were turned down by the school district when they asked for a program to be started. I was at the meeting, which was packed. The school board said they didn’t have the time or the energy to start such a project in the near term, which clearly didn’t’ sit well with parents who had 3- and 4-year-olds. The disconnect between what school districts need and want, and what parents need and want, is always difficult to negotiate. I can see how a charter may work well for the parents, but it’s a shame the district won’t get all those committed, engaged parents in its schools. Though I suppose in Menlo Park it’s not such a big issue than in some school districts.
Aug. 24: Info sessions on Mandarin immersion charter school
A meeting to provide information about the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion charter school will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24. A second session, from 1 to 3 p.m., has been added to the original 3 to 5 p.m. session.
Both are at the Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave. in Palo Alto. Child care and activities for children will be provided in the early session and for those already signed up for the second session. However, while some room for adults remains in the second session, no more spots for child care are available in the 3 to 5 p.m. session, according to organizers.
Please read more here.
The University of Utah’s Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC) and the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) are excited to host the Fifth International Conference on Dual Language/Immersion Education, to be held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 15-18, 2014. The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, administrators and policy makers interested in immersion education. In addition to plenaries, symposia and presentations, attendees will be able to visit Utah dual language immersion schools and participate in professional workshops.
Nathan Yeung has updated his map and it’s way cool. Please check out his site.
Bringing the state’s Mandarin immersion programs up to 33, as well as 14 French immersion, 2 German, 6 Portuguese and 63 Spanish. They don’t do anything by halves in Utah.
I’ve updated the full school list to include these, as well as Frontiers Academy, a new private Mandarin immersion school opening this fall in Anaheim, Calif. that also includes 10% of the day taught in Spanish.
New Utah programs:
Aspen Elementary, Orem
Black Ridge Elementary, Saratoga Springs
Indian Hills Middle School, Sandy
Draper Park Middle School, Draper
Northlake Elementary, Tooele
Horizon Elementary, Washington