Unique Educational Symposium Explores the Academic Needs of Chinese Immigrant and Chinese American Students

NEW YORK, NY – November 22, 2011 – On December 2, 2011 Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) will hold its second annual education conference exploring the academic needs of Chinese immigrant and Chinese American students as they pursue “college and career.”  Top thought leaders spanning education, government, community, non-profit and corporate sectors will gather together to discuss best practices. Special guests include a delegation of education leaders from Shanghai. Understanding that Chinese immigrant children make up the largest growing Asian population in the U.S. and with one of the largest concentrations of Chinese Americans living in New York, this issue is of particular importance to MCNY.

Fostering a spirit of education that works, Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) consistently seeks new experiences and interactions that are in line with its Purpose-Centered Education model. This panel, sponsored by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will join together some of the most preeminent thought leaders to analyze, discuss and combat the stereotype that Asian students, including Chinese immigrant and Chinese-American students always perform well in school.  This conference will explore the cultural, social, linguistic and economic factors and differences that affect the success of both Chinese immigrant and Chinese-American students in the U.S educational system.

Featured keynote speakers will include Dr. Robert Teranishi, Associate Professor of Higher Education at New York University and Special Appointee to the U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission and Wellington Chen, Executive Director of the Chinatown Partnership.  The delegation visiting from Shanghai will include Dr. Linghui Tian, Assistant Professor, Educational Policy and Evaluation, Fudan University, Mr. Jinghai Liu, Principal, Zhabei No. 8 High School and President of Success Education Center of Management Consulting and Mrs. Yuefang Shi, Education Associate, Zhabei No. 8 High School. The Shanghai group will discuss the Success Education model which has been used in China to significantly enhance academic achievement.

Panel discussions will include:

Framing the Context: Former New York City public school Chinese students will discuss their school experience.

Pursuing College and Career: Educators and working professionals will provide an overview of the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in college and the workplace.

Success Education Model: Shanghai educators, Principal Jinghai Liu and Dr. Linghui Tian, discuss how the education reform model, Success Education, is being used to significantly enhance the academic achievement and self-confidence of Chinese students.


MCNY is located in lower Manhattan and the students in its Masters of Science in Education program frequently do their practice teaching in Chinatown schools.  Since its founding in the idealism of 1964, MCNY’s curriculum has been designed to develop active citizens armed with a commitment to social justice and experience in addressing real world challenges.

To register for the conference and for more information,

visit http://www.mcny.edu/human_serv/conference.php

Interviews with the Shanghai Education Delegation are available by appointment from

12PM to 1 PM,

Contact: Tamara Young, UniWorld Group

(212) 219-7224 or Tamara.Young@uwgny.com to schedule