U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

Confucius Classroom at:

William Winsor Elementary School

Established in 2009, the Confucius Classroom at William Winsor Elementary School was the first classroom of this type in a public elementary school in the United States. William Winsor Elementary School is Confucius Classroom partners with the Confucius Institute at Bryant University. Currently it runs two after-school Chinese language and culture programs for K-5 students to get exposure and Chinese language and culture. For more information about the William Winsor Elementary School visit their website.

Left to Right: Mr. Robert O'Brien, Superintendent of Smithfield Public Schools, Mrs. Bridget Morisseau, Principal of William Winsor Elementary School and Director of the Confucius Classroom at William Winsor Elementary School, Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, Ms. Elizabeth Roberts, Dr. Hong Yang, Director of the Confucius Institute at Bryant University

Program Objectives:

  • Create a center for the promotion of Chinese language and culture for all Smithfield Public Schools K-5 students.
  • Enhance the diversity in Smithfield Public Schools curriculum and expose students to in-depth content about global issues, cultures, countries, and languages.
  • Promote the understanding of Chinese economical structures and influence in world affairs.
  • Provide training and consultation to Smithfield Public School teachers in their efforts to provide instruction that explores the world through constructivism, inquiry-based approaches, and other best practices as they integrate Chinese language and culture into their current programs of study.
  • Develop, coordinate, and maintain interactive and engaging district-wide units of study that integrate district and state-wide academic mandates with global content to create awareness and understanding of the world.
  • Provide local community members and organizations with opportunities to learn about Chinese language and culture.

Students at William Winsor Elementary School