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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some parent-led organizations to check out:
CLIPCO Cupertino Mandarin Immersion Program. Cupertino, Calif.
Dragon Sprouts: Broadway Elementary School, Venice, Calif.
Friends of Mandarin Scholars, San Mateo/Foster city School District
JinShan Mandarin Education Council: Mandarin parents of San Francisco
Potomac Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland