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Keynote Speakers

CORNELIUS C. KUBLER is Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies at Williams College, where he founded and for many years chaired the Department of Asian Studies. He was formerly Chinese Language Training Supervisor and Chair of the Department of Asian and African Languages at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, and served for six years as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan Chinese Language & Area Studies School. Kubler, who recently served for two years as American Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, has directed intensive Chinese language training programs in the U.S., mainland China, and Taiwan. He has been active in Chinese language test development and is author or coauthor of 20 books and over 50 articles on Chinese language pedagogy and linguistics.

AÍDA WALQUI , as Director of Teacher Professional Development at WestEd, she is responsible for collaborating with ongoing WestEd teacher professional development efforts and leading the evolution of an organizational commitment to supporting teachers throughout their careers from recruitment and preservice through induction and life-long learning. Previously, Walqui taught in the Division of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the School of Education at Stanford University, where she coordinated the Cross-Cultural, Linguistic, and Academic Development emphasis in the STEP program. She has also taught in other universities in Peru, Mexico, England, and the United States. A member of several national and international teacher professional development advisory boards, Walqui is frequently invited to speak on teacher growth in school contexts characterized by cultural and linguistic diversity.

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