Zhang Mingjiang (Brockton, MA, 2013-2014) teaching

Zhang Mingjiang (Brockton, MA, 2013-2014) teaching

American teachers and National Committee staff at farewell dinner in NYC prior to departure for China

American teachers and National Committee staff at farewell dinner in NYC prior to departure for China

The U.S.-China Teachers Exchange Program is now in its eighteenth and final year. Established in 1996 with funding from the Freeman Foundation, the Teachers Exchange Program sends American K-12 teachers to China and brings Chinese secondary school teachers to the United States.

During the current school year, 10 Chinese teachers are teaching Chinese language and culture in the United States and five American teachers are teaching oral/aural English in China.

Since the program began, 116 American teachers have taught in Chinese secondary schools, and 332 Chinese teachers have taught in American elementary, middle, and high schools. The Chinese teachers typically spend a school year teaching Chinese language and culture or English as a second language in American schools across the country. The American teachers teach oral English in secondary schools in Chinese cities including Anqing, Beijing, Changzhou, Chengdu, Dalian, Hefei, Hohhot, Jiangdu, Luoyang, Ma’anshan, Nanjing, Shijiazhuang, Suzhou, and Yangzhou. The exchange program provides the teachers a unique opportunity to improve their own language and teaching skills; deepen their understanding of another culture; and share new curriculum, pedagogy, and experiences in their home classrooms upon their return.

Senior director for education programs Margot E. Landman and program officer Amy Saltzman work with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), the program’s counterpart organization in China, and the Yihai Education Foundation to make the program possible. In addition to the teacher exchanges themselves, we organize conferences and workshops for current participants and program “alumni” in both countries to help them form networks and enable them to share curriculum and other information for their own classrooms and with their colleagues at their home schools and districts.


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