2020 Teachers Workshop

Technology & Humanity:
Contemporary China and Asia for K-12 Grade Classrooms

 

Asia Society Northern California and the 1990 Institute have formed a partnership for the 2020 Teachers Workshop to expand and scale the program in breadth and depth.

Your health and safety is of the utmost importance. Teachers Workshop will take place as a virtual, two-day conference on Friday, July 31 - Saturday, August 1.

The theme of the workshop will be Technology & Humanity. Important topics that will be discussed include the Chinese American experience, COVID-19 and its impact on digital learning, and AI & technology diplomacy.

The workshop will include virtual speaker presentations, Q&A opportunities, interactive breakouts for teachers, and sessions for developing ideas on how contemporary China and Asia can be integrated into standard K-12 grade classrooms. Teachers will have the chance to network and exchange ideas with each other and the speakers while online.

Date & Time

Friday, July 31 - Saturday, August 1
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Pacific

 

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2020 Workshop Speakers

Tom Gold (Moderator) taught in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Berkeley from 1981 - 2018. He also served as Associate Dean of International and Area Studies and Chair of the Center for Chinese Studies at Berkeley. His research covers societies on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Asia Society of Northern California.

Clayton Dube (Moderator) has headed the USC U.S. - China Institute since 2006. It focuses on the multidimensional and evolving U.S.-China relationship. Trained as a historian, he first lived in China in 1982-85 and has since returned to China many times to carry out fieldwork on economic development, lead study tours, and lecture at conferences. He’s produced a number of documentary films and is a director of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia and an advisor to the journal Education about Asia. He’s received teacher awards at three universities. He’s moderated Teachers Workshop since 2017.

Dr. Anthony Jackson leads Asia Society’s work in education which strives to enable all students to graduate high school prepared for college, for work in the global economy, and for 21st century global citizenship.

Jackson oversees the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, a global platform for collaboratively advancing education for global competence for all. The Center’s multi-faceted approach includes the International Studies Schools Network, a network of over 35 schools around the United States that systematically integrate a global focus within the curriculum; Global Learning Beyond School, which supports globalizing youth programs including afterschool and community programs; the Global Cities Education Network, a learning community of high-performing Asian and North American urban school districts dedicated to solving common high-priority problems of practice and policy; and China Learning Initiatives, which provide national leadership to support learning of Chinese language and culture.

Trained in both developmental psychology and education, Jackson is one of the nation’s leading experts on secondary school education reform and adolescent development. Jackson directed the Carnegie Corporation’s Task Force on the Education of Young Adolescents which produced the ground breaking report Turning Points: Educating Adolescents in the 21st Century, and co-authored the seminal follow-up blueprint Turning Points 2000, considered one of the most influential books on middle school reform. His most recent work is Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World. Jackson holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Francis Lee started his career in the semiconductor industry in the early 70's and founded a venture in Hong Kong building cordless telephone for European telecom OEM in the 90's. He is currently on the Board of Adesto, a technology company for the IOT sector and a retired President, CEO and Chairman for Synaptics Incorporated. He also serves on the board of a nonprofit, Give2Asia, and is on the Dean's Executive Council of UC Davis College of Engineering. Mr. Lee is also a regular guest lecturer on leadership skills and innovative thinking.

Francis Lee started his career in the semiconductor industry in the early 70's and founded a venture in Hong Kong building cordless telephone for European telecom OEM in the 90's. He is currently on the Board of Adesto, a technology company for the IOT sector and a retired President, CEO and Chairman for Synaptics Incorporated. He also serves on the board of a nonprofit, Give2Asia, and is on the Dean's Executive Council of UC Davis College of Engineering. Mr. Lee is also a regular guest lecturer on leadership skills and innovative thinking.

Heather Evans is the Director of Frontier Technology Research at Asia Society Northern California. She studied as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Her master’s research at Tsinghua focused on evolving data governance policies. Heather has worked as an entrepreneur and civil servant. She served as the first Artificial Intelligence Senior Advisor to the Provincial Government of Ontario, helping to establish the Vector Institute of Deep Learning. She also started two businesses, in the spaces of Natural Language Processing and 3D Printing. Heather has collaborated with the National Academies of Science, the Royal Society and continues to mentor young entrepreneurs and policymakers.

Jonas Edman is a Curriculum Writer for the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). In addition to writing curriculum, Jonas coordinates SPICE’s National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) professional development seminars on East Asia for middle school teachers, and collaborates with FSI and other Stanford colleagues on developing curricula for community college instructors as part of Stanford Human Rights Education Initiative (SHREI). Prior to joining SPICE in 2010, Jonas taught history and geography in Elk Grove, California, and taught Theory of Knowledge at Stockholm International School in Stockholm, Sweden.

Christopher M. Livaccari is an international educator, author, and former US diplomat who held posts in Tokyo and Shanghai. He is the Head of Presidio Knolls School (PKS) in San Francisco and was the Senior Advisor for China Learning Initiatives in Asia Society’s Center for Global Education in New York.

Chris is the author of New Ways of Seeing: How Multilingualism Opens Our Eyes and Trains Our Minds for a Complex World (Asia Society, 2017), and co-author of Structures of Mandarin Chinese for Speakers of English I & II (Peking University Press, 2012 - 2013), Chinese Language Learning in the Early Grades (Asia Society, 2012), and the Chinese for Tomorrow series (Cheng & Tsui, 2007 - 2009). Chris has been a featured speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival, has spoken on Chinese language education at the British Museum in London, and was the recipient of the U.S. State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award, citing outstanding speeches written for two U.S. ambassadors to Japan.

From 2013 - 2018, Chris was Principal and Chinese Program Director at International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) in Palo Alto, CA. He previously served as Director of Education and Chinese Language Initiatives at Asia Society, where he created a collaborative national network of almost 40,000 students in more than 100 schools in 28 states that teach Chinese and their partner schools across 23 provinces in China. He has served as a member of the board of trustees of Chinese American International School (CAIS) in San Francisco.


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"The 1990 Institute CHINA NOW | for TEACHERS workshop was the best teacher conference I have attended in terms of its content, usefulness, and overall workshop experience."

Rhonda Nagao
Teacher, Iolani School
2016 Hawaii Fellowship Recipient

Susan Roughgarden

"The workshop enriched my capabilities. I ended up spending a lot more time on China than I ever had before."

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Teacher, Mercy High School

 


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