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UK Confucius Institute to Host Multi-Disciplinary Professional Development Series

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | By Steven Sommer

            Continuing its dedication to further broadening multicultural offerings not only on the University of Kentucky’s campus, but also beyond, the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) will host a series of professional development seminars for K-12 teachers throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky beginning in December.

            The free four-part series integrates Chinese cultural studies into a variety of disciplines, helping teachers promote diversity and internationalization while simultaneously instructing students further in their area of expertise. The program benefits K-12 teachers, as they can earn six professional development hours at each session, in addition to providing free resources and materials to use in their classes pertaining to the content covered. Lunch is provided for all attendees. Teachers who drive in excess of three hours to the sessions are offered a one-night hotel accommodation as well as reimbursement for their gas mileage. Teachers who participate in three or more of the professional development sessions also receive priority for the Kentucky Educators’ China Field Study program.

            This year’s professional development sessions will cover Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society, Chinese Music, Chinese Art, Chinese Religions and Philosophy. The UKCI will offer four dates for the 2018-2019 professional development series, each running from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.:

  • December 1, 2018
  • January 19, 2019
  • February 16, 2019
  • March 16, 2019

            The December 1 session’s theme is set to be Chinese Music, while the other three sessions will be announced in the near future.  All professional development sessions will be hosted on the University of Kentucky’s campus.  

            K-12 teachers who are looking enroll can sign up at To ensure your spot in the program, please register at least 10 days prior to the upcoming session.


A gateway for Chinese language, culture and art to the people of Kentucky, UKCI provides leadership, support and coordination for Chinese language and programs in K-12 schools as well as on UK's campus; assists and facilitates establishing and maintaining faculty and student exchanges between UK colleges and Chinese universities; conducts Chinese language and cultural exchange; and promotes education about China on campus, across the Bluegrass region, and throughout the Commonwealth. To keep up with UK Confucius Institute and future events, join the institute's listserv and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@UKConfucius).