Chinese American International School
VALUED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
We value, but do not require, the following attributes:
The CAIS mission exhorts all community members to embrace Chinese, become their best selves, and create their place in the world. As the nation’s first dual language Chinese and English Pre-K through 8th grade school, CAIS embodies this mission by working continuously to maintain our role as a leader in immersion education. CAIS incorporates the innovation and best practices from both Chinese and English language teaching traditions to create an immersion experience that leverages our distinct opportunities for language, subject, and cultural intersections.
Our three campuses are located in the heart of San Francisco and accessible by public transportation in San Francisco. The lively neighborhood echoes the school’s vital energy and provides ready access to cultural treasures such as the Asian Art Museum, SF Jazz, the San Francisco Symphony, SF Opera, and more.
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ABOUT CAIS MS
THE CAIS CHINESE PROGRAM
Our team is a large, collaborative and supportive team of 29 PreK-8th grade Chinese language lead and associate teachers who are experienced and highly professional. CAIS is regarded as a leader in Chinese immersion teaching and learning, a role we deliberately strive to earn and maintain, and our teachers are expected to engage in ongoing, school-supported professional development.
CAIS Chinese language teachers frequently present at regional and national conferences such as ACTFL, CLTA, National Chinese Language Conference, STARTALK, CLEF and Computer Using Educators, to name a few. In addition to teaching, CAIS Chinese teachers work collaboratively with one another and with teachers of other disciplines to design and implement innovative thematic curriculum units that integrate multiple disciplines, Project Based Language Learning (PBLL), use of instructional technology, application of 21st century skills and that support the school’s extensive international learning programs. The school runs STARTALK programs for teachers and students as well as a separate immersion summer camp each year.
Chinese curricula at CAIS are aligned with ACTFL Proficiency guidelines, and each year the school administers WPT, OPI, STAMP and AAPPL assessments – most CAIS teachers are trained and certified in the administration of these tests.
Chinese language teachers enjoy the support of a Chinese program director, a MS Chinese language and technology specialist, two full-time Chinese language support specialists, and an international and experiential learning coordinator. CAIS has formed the Chinese Learning Collaborative (CLC), a school-based center whose purpose is to integrate curriculum, technology, and international travel to advance language and cultural learning and meet world readiness standards for language learning.
Please click here for a more detailed profile of CAIS’s Chinese program on the Asia Society’s website.
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