The ACAMIS Chinese Conference aims to bring together educators from across China and Mongolia to share best practices and information in the latest advancements in teaching Chinese with great ideas that can be implemented directly in each specific local context. The Conference provides an opportunity for Chinese teachers to share their expertise in the following areas:
- Effective teaching strategies and methods
- Curriculum design and implementation
- Assessment for learning
- Integrating Chinese language and culture into the curriculum, and
- Educational theories and pedagogies that are related to Chinese teaching and learning.
Howard Stribbell was the Head of School at The International School of Macao (TIS) and the School Supervisor at the Canadian International School of Phnom Penh (CISP). He led the growth of TIS from 300 students to over 1300 students. He is the founder of the Canadian Overseas Schools Association and Warrior Foundation, a non profit foundation that works with at risk youth. Howard graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a BA (Honours), B. Ed. (Honours) and M. Ed in Educational Leadership. He has presented at numerous conferences on topics involving technology, teacher recruitment and social media.
Tanya Thiessen has a Bachelor’s of Education and a Masters in Educational Psychology both from the University of Alberta. Growing up Tanya lived in a small French town, where she learned to speak both official languages of Canada (French and English). Tanya has been a school administrator for the past 8 years and have been working in education for the past 13 years. Tanya believes she has the best job in the world. It is an honor to watch students learn and grow from her professional and phenomenal group of teachers. She feels very proud to be the principal of CISGZ.
Chinese Language Teachers Network (CLTN) Planning Committee was developed to plan the theme and content for the conference, and select keynote speakers who can provide appropriate content for our teachers.
- Emily Liao - Canadian International School of Guangzhou
- Peter Guo - Keystone Academy
- Mary Yu - Yew Chung International School of Shanghai - Pudong Campus
- Dan Zhu - Beijing City International School
- Ruya Brunton - Shanghai United International School
Dan Zhu graduated from New York University with a Master of teaching English as a second language and teaching Chinese as a foreign language. She has teaching experience of different age groups, curriculums and cultural backgrounds. This is the 6th year she works at Beijing City International School Early Childhood Center. She believes in the power of play and creating a responsive learning environment for children and she likes to see her students being happy, curious and engaged learners. In her spare time, she likes spending time with her family and friends, especially her 11 month old baby girl.
Ruya Brunton is currently working as Assistant Director at Management Office of Shanghai United International School Education Center. As one of the biggest educational groups in Shanghai with twelve schools, SUIS Wan Yan campus actively participates in ACAMIS for international teaching and learning.
Ruya has many years of teaching experiences in famous International schools, she is familiar with American, IB, and British curriculum. She holds both a Master of Education from Plymouth State University and a Bachelor of Language Arts degree from Shanghai International Studies University. Besides her teaching experience, Ruya set up the Mandarin program at Campbell College, UK, and became the Chinese Ambassador to Campbell College. While at Campbell College, Ruya was interviewed by the BBC, NI connection, and Belfast Telegraph. After returning to China, she was also invited to present at different conferences, and publish articles about education in the Shanghai Daily and other local magazines. Ruya is excited to be part of the ACAMIS Chinese Conference Planning Committee and to share with such a talented and devoted group of educators.
Hands-on Job-alike Open Space is a new initiative by the planning committee to provide direct sharing and hand-on experience for the participants. In light of this year's conference theme, we would like to add the "fun" element in this job-alike session.
This 45-minute job-alike session will be held during lunch time. During the two-day conference, participants will be divided into two groups - when one group is having lunch, the other group will attend this job-alike session. After the session is completed, the two groups will switch.
This is an interactive session where peer presenters will engage participants in fun hands-on activities with their peers.
Come join us for some real fun!
Established in 1993 as Shanghai’s first independent international school, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS) has grown exponentially over the years, opening a fifth campus in February 2018.
Our five campuses, which are located in prime areas in both Puxi and Pudong, collectively cater for Kindergarten, Primary, and Secondary students, ages 2 to 18. As a school for the children of international families, our students come from over 50 countries and regions and are educated by world-class teachers from more than 20 countries. Our international curriculum helps to develop individuals with multicultural perspectives.
YCIS Shanghai is a fully-accredited school, recognised by:
- The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
- The Council of International Schools (CIS)
Our Secondary Schools are authorised as accredited Cambridge Assessment Examinations Centres for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), and are International Baccalaureate World Schools, offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). We are proud to offer these world-class programmes as part of our international curriculum.
At the root of our school’s philosophy is the blend of two major cultures, of the East and the West. We believe in the benefits of becoming competently bilingual and believe that the real essence of a culture must not just be understood, but truly valued. To cultivate this cultural experience for our students, our campuses are led jointly by two Co-Principals, one international and one Chinese. They represent the union of the East and West, working closely as partners to oversee their campuses.
We are delighted to host the ACAMIS Chinese Conference from June 29-30 at our brand new Ronghua Campus, located at 59 West Ronghua Road near South Shuicheng Road, in the Gubei New Area of Shanghai.