Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
In 2009, a 5-year Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant was awarded by the U.S.
Department of Education to the Minnesota Mandarin Immersion Collaborative (MMIC) for the project
Global Literacy Through Mandarin Immersion and STEM. The grant supports immersion instruction in
Mandarin Chinese that begins at the kindergarten level and the development of a curriculum that has a
content focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The schools in the MMIC will
add a grade level each year, with the intent of creating the capacity to continue Chinese immersion to
The MMIC has contracted with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI)
at the University of Minnesota to serve as the external evaluator of the project. This report presents
CAREI’s evaluation of the second year of the grant-funded project. The report includes enrollment and
retention data as well as the results of principal interviews, teacher interviews, and a parent survey.
An Evaluation Funded by a Foreign Language Assistance Program Grant from
the Department of Education to Independent School District 270 Hopkins
Dretzke, Beverly; Rickers, Susan; Wahlstrom, Kyla.
Global Literacy Through Mandarin Immersion and STEM: Minnesota Mandarin Immersion Collaborative Year 2.
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
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