Welcome to Academic Leaders International

Let’s Learn Together!
一起学习!

 

What is Academic Leaders International?

Combining an International Education with Pragmatic skills and Social Development

Academic Leaders International (ALI) was founded with one purpose - to build a space for internationally-focused Chinese students to grow, learn and create within the English language and culture.  We help students attend top U.S. schools to develop academically and personally to the highest level.  It serves as an excellent path for a student to succeed from elementary prep to and through university study to best prepare for a global professional career.

Discover the academic programs and community Academic Leaders International provides to each and every student. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our programs.

 

Unique Lifecycle Curriculum Ensures Development of Your Student

Chinese K-8 Students: 

Begin in China with access to our online English training.  We offer professional, LIVE instruction from elite university faculty.  This instruction can stand alone by itself or serve as a foundation to other our programs in the U.S.  ALI offers advantaged access and full multilingual support to some of the best Chicago North Shore area schools and summer camps. This allows for the Chinese students to travel to the U.S. and be completely immersed into daily American life in and out of school for the entire program.  Programs include traditional and progressive courses and at the same time focusing on English language instruction.  Students live with American host families, in a dormitory setting or hotel stay depending on the program.  Whether enrolled in an online program, offline program or both, students will be measured in their academic progress.

Chinese High School and University Students: 

Younger students who progress through our program will continue to combine (advanced) English language skills building with practical development.  A student will receive instruction and advice on how to select and succeed in a U.S. high school, prep for the ACT/SAT and succeed in a U.S. university environment.  Our university students can work with ALI to help secure and succeed with corporate internships as well as receive professional and leadership development from Chinese speaking professionals who have many of years of working experience in the U.S.


 

Happening Now:  Online

Progressive English Learning (PEL) & ALI Book Club (ABC)

ALI's online English language courses to improve your English grammar, composition, reading and writing skills. Learn effective English communication skills with online classes courses taught by Elliot Cady, M.S.

Elliott Cady, M.S. Ed., is teacher for Progressive English Learning.  He has been the Manager of Admissions and Advising at the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University since the creation of the department in March 2017.  Prior to this, from 2013, he was the Coordinator for the largest program at CTD, the Spectrum Summer Program, which serves academically gifted and talented students in grades 6 – 8 from around the world.  He holds a double bachelor’s degree from Northwestern in Economics and Spanish, as well as an M.S. Ed., also from Northwestern.  He earned further endorsements in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language.

Prior to working at Center for Talent Development Mr. Cady taught for 19 years.  He began his unexpected career in education as a bilingual kindergarten teacher in Chicago, Illinois.  He has taught all grades from kindergarten through eighth and has tutored privately with subjects ranging from high school biology and precalculus to elementary Spanish and ACT/SAT test preparation.  After working for Chicago Public Schools for four years, he moved to Saigon, Vietnam to help open Saigon South International School. After three years he moved to Bangkok where he worked with English language learners from all over Asia at the New International School of Thailand. For five years, in addition to teaching in the Clark County School District, he developed and oversaw the implementation of a K – 8, ELA and mathematics afterschool tutoring curriculum used primarily with English as a second language learners. His curriculum was utilized in more than sixty schools in the Las Vegas area.

ALI Book Club is a very informal, fun club run by kids for ALI kids who love stories and books and want to continue to grow their reading skills. You don’t have to be a teacher or librarian – you can learn about the wonderful world of children’s stories and books in the ALI reading club.  Our current book selection is: We are announcing the next book soon. 

 

What’s Coming Up in Chicago:

Chinese New Year 2021:
Chinese Chicago North Shore Winter Immersion Program

Have your child join top U.S. schoolchildren in class for a 2 week full school year program at Baker Demonstration School.  Baker offers an exemplary progressive education, which cultivates an intrinsic motivation to learn, values differences, nurtures the whole person, and encourages courageous choices.  Baker students love to learn, they’re resilient when faced with adversity, and they’re comfortable expressing themselves creatively. These are the qualities that will help them grow into the next generation of passionate thinkers, inventors and change-makers. And it’s the very reason Baker graduates go on to excel academically at highly selective high schools and colleges.

 

Baker Demonstration School

Baker Demonstration School is nationally recognized for excellence in progressive education. Founded in 1918, the school provides students with a well-rounded education that well prepares our graduates for high school – and life.  It is an education is one in which students learn by doing, rather than by being “talked at,” where they are challenged to think deeply, ask questions, and support their ideas rather than simply reciting “correct answers,” and where they don’t simply learn from a teacher—they learn with and from one another in a nurturing community.

Coming soon:

Summer 2021:
Northwestern University Center for Talent Development

The Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University is dedicated to helping gifted and talented students, age 4 through grade 12, reach full potential. CTD provides research-based assessment, advanced academic programs, and resources to enhance gifted education and guide students in developing their talents.

Center for Talent Development is proud of its history of serving the gifted community with both passion and excellence. Since 1982, CTD has evolved from a single focus on talent identification to a multi-faceted operation with four central goals: talent identification, talent development, research, and advocacy.

 

Northwestern CTD - Live on Campus

Many foreign students come to Evanston for residential-based programs providing challenging enrichment, honors and Advanced Placement® courses taught in a highly supportive environment. From early childhood through elementary, middle and high school, Center for Talent Development (CTD) gifted summer programs encourage gifted kids to explore academic areas of interest and connect with a community of peers.

Coming soon:

Summer 2021:
Lake Forest Academy Summer Program

Lake Forest Academy offers comprehensive 5 week summer program in English, Math and Fine Arts.  Program is for secondary school students ages 13-18. First established in 1979, the program will run its 41st year in 2020.  

Classes are held for 4½ hours a day, four days a week, with an all school educational trip each Friday for our B-2 Visitor Visa and Visa Waiver Students, and for 4½ hours a day, five days a week for students who have have been accepted by LFA for the full year academic school year. There is study hall in the evening, and a variety of activities and trips after school and on the weekends.  Students live in air-conditioned dormitories on the LFA campus.

 

Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest Academy is located on a beautiful 150 acre campus of fields, woods, and lakes, thirty miles north of Chicago and only 20 miles from O'Hare International Airport.  LFA offers an exceptional, academically-oriented ESL program for boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 18. Students have a full day of classes and then activities and trips every afternoon and on the weekends.  LFA has a gymnasium, fitness center, indoor pool,indoor ice rink, outdoor basketball court, outdoor tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, and much more. Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy Lake Forest and all that the Chicago area has to offer!

What’s Coming Up in Chicago:

Summer 2021:
Chinese Chicago North Shore Summer Immersion Program

Have your child join top U.S. schoolchildren in class for 4 week program.  Baker Demonstration School offers an exemplary progressive education, which cultivates an intrinsic motivation to learn, values differences, nurtures the whole person, and encourages courageous choices.  Baker Summer Discovery Camp is designed to spark the imagination and engage the intellect while offering an equally important dose of fun and physical activity.  Campers spend their mornings engaged in some of their favorite topics, including theatre, soccer, and nature adventures. Afternoons are filled with swimming, art, sports, and games. At the end of each day, campers go home excited to return for another day of discovery!


 

Baker Demonstration School

Baker Demonstration School is nationally recognized for excellence in progressive education. Founded in 1918, the school provides students with a well-rounded education that well prepares our graduates for high school – and life.  It is an education is one in which students learn by doing, rather than by being “talked at,” where they are challenged to think deeply, ask questions, and support their ideas rather than simply reciting “correct answers,” and where they don’t simply learn from a teacher—they learn with and from one another in a nurturing community.

Chinese Partner Institutions

Shanghai Foreign Service Company, International Training Center (Shanghai, China)

Shanghai Foreign Service (Group) Co. Ltd. provides human resource services. The Shanghai headquarters offers an International Training Center for foreign education opportunities for all ages. The Shanghai office and the 20 other offices in China offer other departments for business agencies, human resource management consulting, employee leasing, recruitment, staffing, payroll management, benefit administration, and other related services.

Nova

(Shenzhen, China)

Nova is a successful English language and foreign study institution based in Shenzhen, China.  Nova has two (2) large schools (grades 1-9), 10 kindergartens, four (4) nursery schools, and two (2) training centers. Partnerships with schools in cities of Guangzhou, Zhanjiang, Shanghai, Suzhou, Ningbo and Wenzhou. 

 

Chinese Partner Institutions

Happy Kids

(Nanjing, China)

Happy Kids, an English-language school, was founded by an English teacher-mom, Mrs. Yin. Helping her own son learn English by reading story books, she has now led more than 10,000 families in China with parenting, early childhood education and English learning. 

MommyDaddyMe

(Hong Kong, China)

MommyDaddyMe lays a foundation for a trusted online place for families. It prepares children for the future, facilities community learning and cultural exchanges; and encourages quality collaboration of children-to-children, parents-to-children and families-to-families.

 

Academic Leaders International Staff

Guidance, Inspiration and Support!

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Yan Xu

Vice President

  • Responsible for marketing, sales/business development

  • Fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin, Shanghainese)

  • Holds an M.B.A. (marketing) from University of Illinois-Chicago 

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Christopher Towne

President

  • Responsible for strategy, general management, finance and accounting

  • Holds an M.B.A. (finance) from DePaul University

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Allen Chen

Advisory Board Member

  • President, Shanghai Foreign Service Company - International Training Center

  • Fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin, Shanghainese)

  • M.A. Economics and International Finance, Fudan University

  • M.A. Linguistics, Fudan University

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Lisa Zhang

Advisory Board Member

  • Global HR Director for Industrial and Infrastructure business, Dow Chemical (Shanghai/Midland, Michigan)

  • Fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin, Shanghainese)​

 

Contact Us

Academic Leaders International always has its doors open. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions regarding our academics, events, students, staff or anything else.

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