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Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education announced the formation of the Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps. The corps consists of effective teachers and practitioners who provide on-site technical assistance and regional workshops for teachers and school districts. This team is an expansion of the popular Teacher-to-Teacher Workshops that have been offered in cities across the nation for the past two summers.

I would define the objective of transformational diplomacy this way: To work with our many partners around the world to build and sustain democratic, well-governed states that will respond to the needs of their people -- and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system…Transformational diplomacy is rooted in partnership, not paternalism -- in doing things with other people, not for them. We seek to use America’s diplomatic power to help foreign citizens to better their own lives, and to build their own nations, and to transform their own futures…Now, to advance transformational diplomacy all around the world, we in the State Department must rise to answer a new historic calling. We must begin to lay new diplomatic foundations to secure a future of freedom for all people. Like the great changes of the past, the new efforts we undertake today will not be completed tomorrow. Transforming the State Department is the work of a generation. But it is urgent work that cannot be deferred.
-- Secretary Rice, January 18, 2006

Here is additional information from President Bush's announcement concerning new language education initiatives in the United States.

Call for Proposals from the U.S. Department of State, Youth Programs Division for Summer Institute in Chinese and Arabic.  The announcement for the Summer Language Institute for American Youth has been published in the Federal Register. 

SENATE BILLS INTRODUCED: S. 1089 (Akaka, D-Hawaii), the "National Foreign Language Coordination Act of 2005", to establish the National Foreign Language Coordination Council to develop and implement a foreign language strategy (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions).  The Secretary of Education would be one of the members of the Council.

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