As everyone says goodbye to the 2012-2013 TCLP teachers, staff and schools are preparing to welcome the new group who are set to arrive at the end of July. This year, teachers are spread out all over the country including the three new states of Louisiana, Washington, and Wyoming. There are a total of 10 schools hosting Chinese teachers and six schools hosting Egyptian teachers from 13 different states. Approximately half of the schools are situated in an urban area; 30% are in a suburban area; and the remaining three schools are in more rural areas. A small majority of the teachers will be teaching high school students and the rest will be teaching in elementary and middle schools. Some teachers are going to schools that have a recently established Arabic or Chinese language program and want to grow their program, and others will be placed in schools who are just starting their program. Schools are also looking forward to welcoming new members to their faculty. Read more about Roosevelt Elementary and Audubon Charter School in the news.
In their free time teachers will be able to explore the diverse areas where they are placed. Activities may include clam-digging, attending a school picnic, hiking in the mountains, shopping at craft fairs, attending live music concerts, sampling local foods at festivals, cross-country skiing, enjoying art galleries, fishing, watching plays, beach-combing and more! TCLP staff is looking forward to hearing about the teachers’ adventures in and outside the classroom as they are welcomed by their host communities.
As the school year drew to a close, the 2012-2013 TCLP teachers came together one last time to reflect on the experiences and skills they had gained and anticipate how they will translate these skills in their classrooms in China and Egypt next year.
Hanan Gawdat created a Critical Language Project that exposed art students at Southern Lehigh Middle School to Arab and Islamic art through classroom study, museum field trips, a videoconference with students in Egypt, and a school-wide assembly showcasing their work.
Stacy Lyon, a mentor teacher at Renaissance Academy for TCLP Arabic teacher Munir Gomaa, received a grant to host a Bedouin Fair in the school community to raise awareness and interest in Arabic.
TCLP Mandarin teacher "Peter" Meng Qiang (2007-2008) is still using what he learned at his host school in Brownsburg, Indiana to advise and support high school students applying to study at universities overseas.
TCLP Arabic teacher Ahmed Mohamed (2010-2011) has made it his mission to help English teachers in Beheira build a pedagogical foundation, exchange best practices, learn about the U.S. educational system, and share resources.
American Councils celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program which is responsible for bringing over 22,000 international high school students to study in the U.S. American Councils marked the occasion by hosting a reception on Capitol Hill with Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 180 current FLEX students, FLEX alumni, host families, and NGO-partners joined Members of Congress to attend the celebration being held in the Longworth House Office Building.
American Councils has been named one of the “50 Best Nonprofits to Work For” in the United States for the second time. The honor was announced in the April issue of The NonProfit Times, which featured the publication’s fourth annual list of the top-ranked employers in the nonprofit sector.
Alumni from the Youth Solidarity and English (YSEL) program have been busy putting new teaching skills to use all over Kabul, Afghanistan. After an intensive week long training in English teaching methodologies by the YSEL Camp Director, Tom Toomey in February, many of the 50 alumni have been doing some teaching in their communities. The goal of the training was to provide YSEL alumni with important teaching skills so that they may be able to use them to help improve others’ English. The English teacher training focused on lesson planning, classroom management and effective methodologies for teaching language. There was also an emphasis on writing and reading skills, including essay writing.
On April 18, Vladimir Alexandrov, the B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University and an internationally renowned expert in the field of Russian literature, gave a presentation on the subject of his new book, The Black Russian. Alexandrov gave his presentation at the “Russkiy Mir” Center located at American Councils for International Education in Washington, D.C. The Center was established to support the study and teaching of Russian language and culture in America through education, a mission central to the work of American Councils.