bissell509Dr. Jeffrey W. Bissell is Head of School at Chinese American International School (CAIS), where he has overseen the establishment of an innovative framework for curriculum development allowing for the effective integration of Chinese and English across multiple disciplines.

CAIS, the nation’s oldest Chinese/English dual language immersion school, is located in San Francisco, California. Bissell has also led CAIS’s strategic initiative to develop language-based experiential learning programs for CAIS students in China and Taiwan. He is the former resident director of School Year Abroad (SYA) in Beijing China and adjunct professor of Chinese language at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has lived in China and Taiwan for a total of 15 years.

Dr. Bissell currently serves on the boards of the California Teacher Development Collaborative; Keystone Academy in Beijing, China; Chinese Early Language Immersion Network at Asia Society (CELIN); and the 1990 Institute. Past board service includes The Mandarin Institute, Western Academy of Beijing and the JUMP! Foundation.

He has been named to the task force for the US-China Strong initiative spearheaded by Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping to expand to 1 million the number of US K-12 students studying Mandarin by 2020.

He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds both an M.A. and Ph.D. in  Chinese Language and Literature.  He has also studied at:

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY 清华大学, Beijing China
Senior Scholar Program at Inter-University Program (IUP) for Chinese Language Studies, Summer 2014

LIAONING NORMAL UNIVERSITY 辽宁师范大学, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China Advanced Chinese language studies, 1989