Shenzhen Teacher Training Program Scholars with President Dennison and UM faculty and staff at graduation ceremony.
In the Fall of 2007, the Office of International Programs at the University of Montana (UM), in collaboration with UM's School of Education, administered a training program for 42 Chinese educators entitled the "The Shenzhen Teacher Training Program." The project was comprehensive and utilized a combination of lectures/discussions, activities, and school visits, all designed to maximize interaction and discussion of the trainees' experiences and needs. Education content included but was not limited to new education theories and teaching methods, latest classroom technology, training in development of teaching materials, learning objectives, and course syllabi, as well as homework preparation and practice teaching. The English Language Institute provided extensive instruction to improve the Chinese Educators' daily and professional communication skills in English. Evenings and weekends were spent participating in a series of events and recreational outings designed to enhance cultural understanding between the U.S. and China.