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Guest Blogger Dr. Judith Lessow-Hurley: Benefits of a Bilingual Education

Dr. Judith Lessow-Hurley is a professor at San Jose State University and a respected expert on bilingual and immersion education. 

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A Decade with QiuShi Elementary School

One of the highlights of the 5th grade Chinese Program curriculum is a unique cultural exchange program with our sister school, QiuShi Elementary School, in Hangzhou, China. We visit them each April and they in return come to visit us in October....

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Experiential Learning in Blérancourt, France

Each year, ISTP's 5th grade French students have the opportunity to travel to Blérancourt, France on an immersion exchange trip. This incredible opportunity not only helps students to solidify their language skills, but also expands their...

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Creativity, Collaboration, and Design Thinking in 1st Grade Chinese

On Tuesday morning in Portia’s 1st grade Chinese classroom, students were buzzing with excitement. The class was gathered around a tableau they had created themselves, collectively writing their own story about the scene before them. The activity...

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ISTP Announces Speaker Series on Bilingualism

This fall, ISTP is proud to welcome two distinguished experts in the fields of bilingualism and bilingual education. Dr. Ellen Bialystok and Dr. Judith Lessow-Hurley will be presenting public talks, offering insights into their research on...

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Kate's Blog: Bilingualism, Brains, and Back-to-School

As I left the Cohn Campus after the State of the School just a two short weeks ago, my heart was warm from the sense of community I felt at the reception, my spirit was lifted by the enthusiasm of the parents when we toured the latest updates to...

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Middle School Cultural Exchange Trip to La Source School: Complete Linguistic and Cultural Immersion

The 3-week Middle School cultural exchange trip to Meudon, France each year is an incredible opportunity for our students, and a special experience that is unique to an ISTP bilingual education.

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ISTP Students Excel in 39th Annual Mandarin Speech Contest

The Mandarin Speech Contest, sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California, is an annual ISTP tradition. The contest, held in San Francisco each year, is always a fun challenge for our Chinese Program students, giving them...

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4th/5th Grade Cultural Exchange Trip to China: Exploring Shanghai, Learning at Qiu Shi Elementary

For the past week, Chinese Program teachers Shu-Chun, ChuHsi and I have accompanied a wonderful group of 4th and 5th graders on a cultural exchange trip to Hangzhou, China.

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4th/5th Grade Cultural Exchange Trip to Taiwan: Update from Gaoyuan Elementary School

This is the first year that ISTP’s Chinese Program students are visiting Taiwan on our cultural exchange program. With this blog, I am excited to share their adventures with you!

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