The Harding University Partnership School (HUPS) – the partner school of the UC Santa Barbara Gevirtz Graduate School of Education – has begun offering a weekly after-school Mandarin Chinese language class to students in grades 3-6. HUPS is an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme currently in the candidate phase leading to authorization. HUPS is the only Santa Barbara elementary school using this program. The International Baccalaureate – a highly acclaimed educational approach that emphasizes 21st century skills and international mindedness – aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Toward this end, HUPS offers a learning experiences designed to promote global thinking and global citizenry. Students were selected on a first-come first-serve basis; more than 60 students in total applied and the first 20 were enrolled. Pao-Ming Chou teaches the class.
Partners in Education/Thrive Westside Volunteer Coordinator and UCSB have both offered Mandarin Chinese speaking volunteers who will begin working in the class in the very near future.
[Sally Kingston, Principal of HUPS, is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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Photo caption: Madarin class teacher Pao-Ming Chou works with a student.