Theme:       China’s Place in a Changing World Order
Conducted:     Wednesday-Thursday July 27-28, 2016              8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Place:   San Mateo County Office of Education,
101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City,  California
Workshop Goal: Enable middle and high school teachers to include modern China in their curriculum.
Stipend or CEU Credit: Bay Area Teachers – $200 stipend OR 1.6 SFSU Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Out-of-Town Teachers – $300 stipend OR $100 stipend plus 1.6 SFSU Continuing Education Units


For more information, go to:

Workshop Program : for the Workshop schedule of events

2016 Teachers Workshop Booklet : for the complete Workshop booklet

SFSU CEU Credit : for Continuing Education Units that teachers attending the Workshop can receive from San Francisco State University 

Hawaii State Travel Fellowship : for travel fellowships extended to Hawaiian teachers

Workshop Speakers and Authors : for bios of speakers and authors that participated in this Workshop and earlier workshops.



The national ramifications and international implications of China’s rise were explored at this workshop — from merits/perils of government by a single political party, Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, slowing economic growth and Internet/media control to the UN Paris climate agreement, turmoil in the financial markets, and regional military/security concerns.

These critical issues were addressed from both historical and contemporary perspectives, and took into account China’s evolving complex relations with the world community—especially the United States.




Morning sessions included speaker presentations, panel discussions, and questions/answers. Afternoon sessions were used for developing lesson plans that teachers can use in their classrooms.  In the afternoon sessions, teachers formed small working groups to develop lesson plans, facilitated by experienced teachers. Speakers stayed in the afternoon to provide further consultation.



Workshop attendees were able to opt for 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEU) from San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning.

See more information on CEU.



As part of the Workshop, Jeffrey Wasserstrom’s book on China in the 21st Century – What Everyone Needs to Know  was mailed to each Workshop applicant for a pre-Workshop reading assignment.



Jessica Beineke (Bai Jie), Tencent Investment Partner Victoria Wu, and journalist Mary Kay Magistad also gave presentations.

Thomas Gold - crop2 THOMAS GOLD, MODERATOR

  • Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley
  • Chair, Berkeley Center for Chinese Studies
Jeff Wasserstrom-cropped JEFFREY WASSERSTROM

  • UC Irvine Chancellor’s Professor of History
  • Author, China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • Topic: “China and Globalization 1865-2015”
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  • Associate Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey
  • Author, The Military Lens: Doctrinal Differences and Deterrence Failure in Sino-America Relations
  • Topic: “Security for a Rising China: Crossing the Rivers by Feeling the Stones”

  • Volunteer Public Speaker, Climate Reality Project
  • Topic: “Understanding U.S.-China Commitments under the UN Paris Climate Agreement”
david_wertime_headshot-cropped DAVID WERTIME

  • Foreign Policy Magazine Senior Editor
  • Topic: “Can China Remake the Internet in Its Image?”
JanetYang-HR-crop JANET YANG

  • Producer for The Joy Luck Club, Dark Matter, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, and Shanghai Calling
  • Entertainment and media consultant
  • Topic: “Hollywood and a Rising China”

  • Associated Professor of Political Science – 21st Century China Program  UC San Diego
  • Topic: “Is Dictatorship Best for Governance in a Complex World?
barry Naughton -cropped BARRY NAUGHTON

  • So Kwanlok Chair of Chinese International Affairs at UC San Diego, recognized expert on Chinese economy
  • Topic: “China’s Economic Challenges under Xi Jinping


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