2009 Chinese Bridge Delegation
A Message from
Ms. Selena Cantor

Director, Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives
The College Board

Greetings:

Hanban and the College Board are pleased to announce the 2009 Chinese Bridge Delegation, to be held June 22-30. Thank you for your effort to promote the program and recruit qualified applicants. Please review the guidelines below to help ensure that a consistent message about the program is being distributed and that applications are collected and processed smoothly.

1. Promotion: Attached please find an announcement email prepared by the College Board announcing the delegation officially. Please feel free to use this email in your efforts to promote the program to your contacts. The application deadline is March 16, 2009.

2. Program Web Site: For program information and application instructions, please visit: www.collegeboard.org/chinesebridge. Further details are available on the Frequently Asked Questions page. We recommend you review the information posted online in order to familiarize yourself with the program.

3. Eligibility Requirements: Please distribute program information to educators who fulfill the eligibility requirements below:

- District leaders (decision makers), school principals, and state, district, or school representatives who oversee foreign language learning

- Educators who did not participate in this program in 2006, 2007 or 2008

- Note: Multiple applications from the same institution will be accepted; however, priority will be given to the most senior applicants. Priority will be given to secondary school leaders, although elementary school educators are welcome to apply. Others such as teachers and higher education faculty and staff may qualify if they demonstrate decision-making authority over foreign language programs, but their applications will be reviewed and prioritized on a case-by-case basis. All applications are subject to review and approval.

4. Application Submission and Processing: All program applications will be collected centrally through the College Board online application form. On the application form, please instruct applicants you have contacted to select “Confucius Institute” in response to the question “Through which organization did you learn about this program?”

5. Flight and group assignments: Selected participants will receive an acceptance letter containing their international flight assignment. It is not possible for delegates to select the hub city or flight they wish to depart on. All delegates will be responsible for the costs and arrangements of domestic travel to/from their international flight.

Please note that regional group assignments will depend largely on the flight assignment and geographical location of the participant. However, we cannot guarantee that participants recruited by your organization will be in the same regional group.

6. Registration and Confirmation: All selected participants will be required to confirm their participation by completing Hanban's online registration form and submitting payment of the $900 non-refundable registration fee. No refunds will be given to applicants who cancel their participation.

7. Participation in China: Delegates will be in China as guests of Hanban and are therefore required to travel with their assigned group and to participate in scheduled group activities. Delegates are not permitted to schedule their own activities and/or itineraries during the dates of the delegation program.

Thank you for your attention to these guidelines and for your help to promote the program to eligible applicants. Please send any questions or inquiries to k12chinese@collegeboard.org.
Sincerely,

Selena Cantor
Director, Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives
The College Board
scantor@collegeboard.org

Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., Burk Hall 325
San Francisco, CA 94132
Tel: 415-338-7631
Fax: 415-405-2866
Email: cisfsu@sfsu.edu
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