2024 Heartland Chinese Teacher Award

China is the world’s oldest surviving civilization, and the Chinese language is often credited for its longevity. Today, close to 1.3 billion people, approximately 16% of the world’s population, speak Chinese. In the United States, that number is less than 1%.

Studying Chinese is important not only for gaining a greater understanding and deeper appreciation of Chinese culture but also for building bridges of friendship between the U.S. and China.

It is with much appreciation of the many teachers who have been teaching the Chinese Language in the Heartland region, often with little resources, that USHCA is happy to announce its third annual Heartland Chinese Teacher Award, to recognize the hard work of the many Chinese language teachers in the heartland region who have built cultural bridges through language learning.

The 2024 Heartland Chinese Teacher Award will once again seek to recognize exceptional K-12 Chinese language teachers in the 21-state heartland region based on:

  • Creativity of their curriculum
  • Impact on students
  • Contribution to Chinese language learning and cultural dissemination in their community.


Teacher Nominations are now open!

Key Dates:

Date Agenda
Last week of June Teacher Nominations Open
Second week of September Teacher Nominations Close & Teacher Application Period Begins
Second week of October Teacher Application Closes
Last week of October Selection Committee Begins Review of Applications
November Finalists Announced
December Award Ceremony

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