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Confucius Institute Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation Day 2017
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University
September 28, 2017

Sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language International Council (Hanban), the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University was established in August 2008.

Confucius Institute Teacher Appreciation Day

Each year they hold an event to honor teachers. About 270 teachers, students and administrators from 26 different schools and organizations attended the 2017 event.

Throughout the event there were Chinese workshops and teaching demos as well as Cultural Booths and Activities. The main program began when Graduate Assistant Rob Daniels, who served as MC, introduced Dr. Yan Xu, the Director of the Confucius Institute at CSU. Dr. Yan Xu welcomed the attendees and told about the function, programs and activities of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University.

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Dr. Yan Xu

Dr. Yan Xu


Dr. Yan Xu

Next, Xuhong Zhang, the Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at CSU, told of the Chinese New Year Activity Grants available to schools.



Xuhong Zhang

Xuhong Zhang


Aaron Brown and Wan Yu are two Northeast Ohio students who attended the 2017 Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Summer Camp. They told of their experiences in China and received an honor from Dr. Yan Xu.



2017 Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Summer Camp

Bridge Camp students Wan Yu and Aaron Brown

Dr. Yan Xu and Bridge Camp students Wan Yu and Aaron Brown

Dr. Yan Xu and Bridge Camp students


Zijie Li is Project Coordinator of the Confucius Institute and she told of the annual Confucius Institute Art Performance Competition.



Zijie Li

Zijie Li


Ronald Abate, Professor in Residence at CSU with the Campus International School, spoke about 'Strong Partnerships make for quality Mandarin Instruction."



Ronald Abate

Ronald Abate

Dr. Zhichao Yin came in from Beijing China to speak about deepening understanding and cooperating for mutual benefit.



Dr. Zhichao Yin

Dr. Zhichao Yin


Ryan T. Wertz, World Languages Consultant, Ohio Department of Education, gave the keynote address and discussed Teaching and Learning Chinese in the state of Ohio.



Ryan T. Wertz

Ryan T. Wertz


Mr. Wertz presented some interesting information about language trends in Ohio as you can see in the following slides.

K-12 Language Trends in Ohio

Languages ranked by enrollemt 2005

Languages ranked by enrollemt 2015

Reasons for the increase in Chinese language enrollment


Next, Certificates of Appreciation from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and from the Confucius Institute were handed out to honorees by Confucius Institute Board Chair Anthony Yen and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Jianping Zhu, the Chief Academic Officer of Cleveland State University.



Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu hand a proclamatiopn to Ron Abate

Dr. Anthony Yen and Dr. Jianping Zhu hand a proclamation to Ron Abate


Erika Howard, Digital Learning Coordinator at MC2 STEM H.S. and SOLE Cle, told the students and administrators about the Self-Organized Learning Environments (SOLEs) program.



Erika Howard

Erika Howard


The formal program ended with a group photo of honorees and lunch. Then back to their respective schools to implement the many ideas that they learned.

Group Photo


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Enjoy these other images from Teacher Appreciation Day

Dr. Yan Xu and Dr. Zhichao Yin

Dr. Yan Xu and Dr. Zhichao Yin


Posing with the Panda

Posing with the Panda


Thank You Teachers

Thank You Teachers


Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University Board of Directors

Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University
Board of Directors


Master of Ceremonies Rob Daniels

Master of Ceremonies Rob Daniels


Dr. Anthony Yen and teacher Luling Li

Dr. Anthony Yen and teacher Luling Li


Honoring Teachers

Honoring Teachers


Honoring Teachers


Honoring Teachers


Confucius slide

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