CISD Receives Grant for Mandarin Language Program
Coppell ISD recently signed a contract awarding $30,000 to each CMS East, North, and West and Denton Creek Elementary to implement a Mandarin language program. The grant comes from a partnership between the Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International and the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). The grants will provide each campus with technology, curriculum, and teachers for CISD students over the next three years. In addition, each campus will receive 1,000 books to aid the program.
Dr. Dennis Kratz, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanity at UTD; Dr. Ming Dong Gu, the Director of the Confucius Institute; Superintendent Dr. Jeff Turner, Dr. Mechelle Bryson, CISD Director of School Improvement; Laura Springer, CMS East Principal; Lynn Ojeda, CMS North Principal; Vern Edin, CMS West Principal; and Bryan McLain, Denton Creek Elementary Principal were among those in attendance at the grant signing ceremony.“We are so excited about the potential impact that our partnership with the Confucius Classrooms Institute and UTD will have on our Mandarin language program. Offering learning opportunities to our middle school students will assist our district increating multiple pathways to21st Century, post-secondary success,” stated Dr. Mechelle Bryson.