For school superintendents, principals and treasurers


Applications for Chinese Guest Teacher Program are due Jan. 27
The Chinese Guest Teacher Program, jointly administered by the College Board and ODE (in partnership with the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages), is designed to help U.S. schools develop Chinese language and culture study programs and to promote international exchange between the United States and China.

This program provides experienced language teachers from mainland China for host schools or districts for a period of one to three years. In addition to helping students learn authentic Chinese language, Chinese guest teachers can serve as cultural resources in other subject areas and can assist in curriculum development, program expansion and partnership creation.

Because a portion of each guest teacher’s salary is subsidized, participating schools can build Chinese programs efficiently and affordably. To learn more, or to request a Chinese guest teacher for the 2014-2015 school year, access the online application here. All applications must be submitted to the College Board by Jan. 27. Questions about Chinese language learning or program design may be directed to Ryan Wertz or Paula Sondej.

Spanish Visiting Teacher Program specifics to be shared via conference call on Jan. 24
To provide quality instruction in Spanish from native speakers of the language, Ohio has a Memorandum of Understanding with Spain that facilitates the placement of visiting Spanish language teachers in Ohio schools. ODE will hold a conference call with schools interested in the program on Friday, Jan. 24, from 9 to 11 a.m. Please note the following about the call and upcoming program requirements:

All interested districts and schools should contact Paula Sondej at paula.sondej@education.ohio.gov about registering to participate in the call. Also, download the program details, application and contract posted here in advance of the call.

Ohio community schools interested in procuring Spanish teachers must have an appropriate official from their sponsoring institution participate in the call and sign off on the application.

Before the March 17, 2014 deadline for applications and contracts, the local board of education’s approval is required to hire a teacher from Spain. When ODE consultants travel to Spain to interview and choose candidates, they must have solid promises of employment in hand.

Districts renewing their participation should let Sondej know as soon as possible whether or not their current visiting teachers are planning to return to Ohio next year. They also must complete the program renewal application and contract by March 17.