In less than 40 years, China has emerged from a Third World country to a recognized major world power. As early as 2009, President Obama already stated that “The US and China will shape the course of the 21st Century” and “ties between the two powers are as important as any bilateral relationship in the world”.
Unfortunately, or because of China’s precipitous rise, California’s (and probably other states’) public middle and high school social studies standards have stopped at the cusp of this incredible change and have not gone any further than 1976.
The 1990 Institute’s CHINA NOW | For Teachers Program was created to fill in this void, to provide the resources that enable teachers to add modern China into their curriculum.
Our first annual Teachers Workshop was launched in the summer of 2013. The subject of China, especially modern China, is both enormous and complex. So each year we select a theme that is most relevant to the major news/issues of that year. We then find prominent U.S. – China experts in all walks of life as speakers/panelists to address topics within that framework. We also try to get speakers that can present diverse as well as balanced viewpoints, giving the teachers, and subsequently their students, the chance to exercise their critical thinking skills. Click on TEACHERS WORKSHOP at the top of this page to find out about all our previous workshops. The 2017 Teachers Workshop will be conducted on July 26-27. More information about this workshop will be available very soon.
Our Lesson Plan Contest Program was started in 2015 to address the need to have quality teaching materials on modern China that teacher can adopt easily for their classrooms. Winning lesson plans are published on our website, to be shared by the public for free. The winning lesson plans from the contests are made available for download from our website.
Besides winning lesson plans and videos of our Workshop sessions, we will be adding additional in-house resources, as well as links to external resources, such as news articles, books, videos, and other media that the general public can access. These will be resources recommended by our China experts community, including teachers themselves.