The US-China Strong Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen US-China relations by investing in a new generation of leaders who have the knowledge and skills to engage with China.

Dear Friends,


We’re proud to update you on our 1 Million Strong implementation partners for teacher training – organizations that have committed to supporting and increasing teacher training for Mandarin language learning in the US. They, along with our curriculum and technology implementation partners, are helping us work toward our goal of seeing one million US K-12 students learning Mandarin by 2020.

We have five partners involved in teacher training: NCSSFL, ACTFL, NYU Steinhardt, the University of Maryland and the University of Washington.

The National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) are nationally recognized leaders in providing support to pre-K to through college language educators, educational institutions and organizations, across the US and internationally. Both NCSSFL and ACTFL provide extensive cross-cultural and instructional professional development for language educators, including visiting international teachers, and ACTFL is the designated Specialized Professional Association for language educators aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Combined, NCSSFL and ACTFL have a network of over 12,500 leaders and members as well as collaborations with Hanban, STARTALK, the College Board and other organizations.

NYU Steinhardt’s program in Developing Chinese Language Teachers (DCLT), the first of its kind on the East Coast, leads to New York State certification in teaching Mandarin, and the program in Bilingual Education trains teachers for bilingual and dual language immersion classrooms.

The University of Maryland’s Center for Chinese Language Teacher Certification and Development (CCLTCD) works with the world Languages Education of the College of Education to prepare Chinese language teachers of PK-12. It specializes in the training of Chinese language immersion teachers and connects Chinese language-specific education with broader areas of teaching excellence and pedagogy.

The University of Washington (UW) College of Education offers programs in teacher preparation, including the University Accelerated Certification of Teachers and elementary and secondary preparation.  In conjunction with the College of Education, the UW Department of Asian Languages and Literature provides teaching endorsements in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.


We deeply appreciate our partners’ commitment to expanding teacher training – as well as curriculum development and access to technology – for Mandarin language, and look forward to making even more progress toward our 1 Million Strong goals. Our thanks go to NCSSFL, ACTFL, NYU Steinhardt, the University of Maryland, the University of Washington and all of our supporters and partners.


Thanks, as always, for your support.


The US-China Strong Foundation