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Mandarin immersion resources

The Mandarin Immersion Parents Council is a source for families about Mandarin immersion education. In 2007 the MICP began as a support network for parents, students and staff in the San Francisco Unified School District’s Mandarin immersion program.

In May of 2012 that parent group became a non-profit and now operates as JMEC, the Jinshan Mandarin Education Council – 金山中文教育协会.

However over time the MIPC web site has become an information source for Mandarin immersion schools nationwide, run by Elizabeth Weise, one of the founding  MIPC members and now a board member of JMEC. The decision was made to continue the MIPC site as a national resource, which Weise will continue to run.

She also runs multiple mailing lists for parents in Mandarin immersion and those interested in the topic. The main Yahoo group, for parents anywhere with an interest in Mandarin immersion, is —

The JMEC group is for people in the SFUSD Mandarin immersion schools,  Jose Ortega Elementary School,  Starr King Elementary School and Aptos Middle School —

For families in Mandarin immersion in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, there’s the Bay Area Chinese Education Community list at —

There is also a  list for the many parents with kids in Mandarin immersion who speak a language other than English or Mandarin at home –  trilingual families. This is a list to talk about strategies, issues and for those considering Mandarin immersion who have questions of other trilingual families about how it goes —

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You can contact Weise at:


10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2013 3:24 pm

    Please add our school we(mandarin chinese language immersion magnet school-mclims)love the wealth of information we receive from this website.

  2. Martin permalink
    January 14, 2015 7:30 pm

    Any chance you will be touring to promote your book in Minnesota?

  3. Hansa patel permalink
    August 29, 2015 10:47 pm

    Why does your book it comment on PKS in SF?

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      August 29, 2015 11:23 pm

      to sure what the question is.

  4. Vanesa Perkins permalink
    February 13, 2017 12:12 pm

    Please remove Gateway School of Language and Culture in Boise Idaho off your listing as they have dismantled the immersion program here. So very sad and very sad that we don’t have administrative help and support. Thank you so much for adding us on

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      February 13, 2017 12:35 pm

      So sorry to hear that. Can you tell us more about how that happened?

  5. April 24, 2017 8:18 pm

    Thank you for your great resources! It has been very helpful for the parents of my students. I have a Chinese language and culture learning resource website for young learners and I would like to share it with you – Please feel free to contact me if you have any question.

  6. May 12, 2017 1:36 pm

    Would love to work on resources and best practice for teaching U.S. History in Mandarin at the 8th grade level. Please contact us as we are working on our course for 2017-2018. The 2016 CA Framework is very focused on using primary resources, in English, and this presents both challenges and opportunities for immersion classes. If you are also working on similar curriculum and would like to brainstorm and share ideas and resources, please contact us. or 858-273-9070 ext 2357.

  7. Crystal Vaught permalink
    September 20, 2017 5:49 pm

    Hi Elisabeth. How can I contact you by PM about some activities at our school? Thanks, Crystal Vaught, YCIS Principal

    • Elizabeth Weise permalink*
      September 20, 2017 5:58 pm

      You can reach me at weise at well dot com

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