The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute hosts several professional development opportunities throughout the year. In 2014, the UKCI was selected as the site for the Multi-state Chinese Teachers’ Professional Development Conference, which brought Chinese Teachers from across the US to Lexington for a weekend of instruction and praxis with esteemed Chinese language professionals.
UKCI Chinese Language teachers and specialists attend bi-monthly professional development workshops led by leaders in World Language instruction, who engage teachers in topics such as classroom management, lesson mastery, and professional leadership. Texts for these workshops include, Harry Wong’s The First Days of School and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language by Michael E. Everson and Yun Xiao, eds.
Kentucky Social Studies teachers have the opportunity to attend four professional development seminars throughout the school year on a variety of topics, including Chinese Art, Chinese Religion and Philosophy, Chinese Literature, and Modern Chinese History. Scholars in these disciplines lead these seminars and teachers receive relevant texts for further reading.