WELCOME to Annual Conference!
美東中文學校協會第四十四屆年會，將於今年五月廿七、廿八兩天在康乃狄克州(Connecticut)首府哈特福市的Hilton Hartford Hotel (315 Trumbull Street, Hartford, Connecticut, 06103) 舉行。此一盛會不僅是每年美國東部近百所中文學校的師生熱切期盼的大型活動，也是所有中文學校緊密結合、聚集一堂的難得機會，每年約有六百多人參加。
本協會始於一九七四年創立。本會會員學校分佈範圍廣泛，現今分成六個區域包括: 第一區:新英格蘭地區; 第二區:紐約州北部及康州; 第三區:新澤西州; 第四區:賓州東部、賓州西部、德拉瓦州及南新澤西州; 第五區:馬里蘭州、華府地區及維吉尼亞州; 第六區:紐約市及長島。 今日，華語文教育的發展，已經不侷限於華人及華裔，也開始涵蓋到各種不同族群。為了普及華語文教育，本會利用每年國殤節的長假，集合各地教育界之先進及菁英，為提昇華語文教育貢獻心力，使傳承的工作能不斷注入活水泉源。多年來推廣華語文教育的努力也逐漸得到了美國教育界的重視，僑教在這其中扮演著舉足輕重的角色。爰此今年年會主題擬訂如下：
Event: The Association of Chinese Schools’ (ACS) 44th Annual Conference
Date: A two-day event to be held on May 27th and May 28th, 2017
Location: Hilton Hartford Hotel (315 Trumbull Street, Hartford, Connecticut, 06103)
It’s that time of year again! Time for our annual East Coast Regional event, where we gather nearly one hundred Chinese language schools with teachers and students participating in exciting educational and informational activities. We invite you and your families and friends to join us for this exciting conference.
This always much anticipated event is a great occasion for all our Chinese schools to gather and mingle together to share educational experiences and best teaching practices. Each year we have about 600 attendees participating in lectures, workshops, and activities designed to educate students of Chinese language and culture, and to enhance the teaching skills of our talented and dedicated teachers and instructors.
As one of the largest and oldest Chinese language and culture organizations within the United States, ACS and its guiding mission to enhance the quality of Chinese teaching through the active exchange of experience and shared best practices is a cherished and venerable institution. We accomplish our excellence and longevity through never losing sight of our vital mission to effectively promote the Chinese culture and language into mainstream society; for both our next generation students and all those interested within the larger community in which we live. The careful planning and execution of our annual conference, with its numerous training seminars, games, presentations, and workshops provides opportunities to observe and learn from experts, to explore new and innovative technologies and approaches, and sample technology-driven teaching methods designed to enhance the learning experience that is key to our success, as well as your participation!
ACS invites you and your families to attend this year’s annual meeting. Our sincere hope is that we use this golden opportunity to gather together to observe, learn, and share the most up to date techniques on Chinese teaching, to mutually experience the benefits of such sharing, and to work together to spread Chinese culture, accomplish synergy in our joint efforts to continually improve the quality of Chinese teaching, and for those of you from outside Connecticut, to also take the opportunity to explore the rich history of the greater Connecticut area, both academic and cultural, and enjoy a memorable and wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
Charles Hungtu Lin
ACS 44th Annual Conference Chairman
And the ACS Board of Directors