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ACTFL Opens Applications for STARTALK Multi-State Pathways to Teaching Institute

CONTACT: Paul Sandrock
(703) 894-2900 x131

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the STARTALK Multi-State Pathways to Teaching Institute, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and Virginia Department of Education. The focus of this program is to close the gap for heritage school teachers by creating a Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) to earn state certification in order to be placed during the 2019-2020 school year in a K-12 public school classroom as an alternative entry or provisionally licensed teacher.

This teacher training program seeks to recruit and support up to 50 prospective teachers in 10 targeted STARTALK languages to address the critical need for K-12 language programs in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia as well as a limited number of Spanish teachers to serve in dual language/immersion programs in those states.

“Georgia is excited to partner with ACTFL and our sister states of North Carolina and Virginia to establish this Multi-state Pathways to Teaching Institute.  We are proud to lead with languages and are excited to welcome new members into our world language family of high quality, dedicated and passionate teachers,” said the Program Specialist for World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives at the Georgia Department of Education, Patrick Wallace.

“Foreign Language is consistently among our top-ten critical teaching shortage areas,” Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. “The STARTALK institute is an opportunity for qualified individuals to become licensed and endorsed to provide instruction in languages that are increasingly in demand, given the commonwealth’s global connections and international career opportunities for students.”

This Institute will focus on ensuring that teachers are prepared to meet the licensing requirements of the state where they will be teaching and enter the classroom as effective educators with the skills to plan, deliver, and assess instruction using high-leverage teaching practices, as endorsed by both ACTFL and STARTALK.  Howie Berman, ACTFL Executive Director, said “This program addresses two key issues to address the nation’s critical language needs in business, community services, and international relations: recruiting language teachers in response to a national shortage and diversifying the languages offered to include those spoken in communities across the US.”

For more information about eligibility and qualifications for alternative certification visit the ACTFL website.

Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2019.

STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) announced by former President Bush in January of 2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US. Other programs under the NSLI umbrella include Title VI/Fulbright Hays programs of the US Department of Education, The National Security Education program of the National Defense University, and study abroad and exchange programs of the US Department of State.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,300 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.

Thursday, April 4, 2019