Opportunities for Teachers & Students

The Opportunities for Teachers & Students section of the World Language Education Newsletter contains information about:
  • awards,
  • contests,
  • grants, and
  • scholarships
that are offered by various groups and organizations for World Language educators and students.

Note: The inclusion of any offering on this list does not constitute endorsement or verification by the NCDPI.

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For K-20 Teachers


Rolling Deadlines

EU2U! Trainings for K - 20 Schools

EU2U! trainings are professional development sessions on European Union (EU) topics that the UNC Center for European Studies (CES) offers for educators at North Carolina schools or departments, K - 12 or higher education. CES staff will come to your classroom or workplace and give a tailored session on various issues pertaining to the EU and contemporary European Studies. These sessions are entirely free of cost. For more information and how to request a session, go to http://europe.unc.edu/eu2u/ .

SCOLT Professional Development Outreach Grant Funding - Apply 2 Months in Advance

The Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), which includes North Carolina and other states and territories in the Southeast, has an initiative to make Teachers of the Year (TOY) available to provide professional development for other language teachers in their states who cannot get to conferences. The TOY award recognizes unique skills, and this fund provides a practical way to share such skills and to showcase our TOYs and provide leadership development for them. In addition it is designed to provide an opportunity for publicity and world language advocacy.

Grant funds are to be used to enable a state's Teacher of the Year to provide professional development in schools or school districts in his/her state for one year from notification of funding. The SCOLT nominee for the ACTFL award can receive an extra year of eligibility.

For North Carolina's most recent TOY, please see the FLANC Scholarship and Awards webpage: http://www.flanc.org/membership-benefits/scholarships-and-awards
For information about the SCOLT TOY and nominee to the national ACTFL award, go to the SCOLT Teacher of the Year webpage: http://www.scolt.org/index.php/awards/teacher-of-the-year

Funds will be made available on a competitive basis from the SCOLT Professional Development Fund through an online application. Amounts may vary, but it is suggested that up to $150.00 be provided for each PD day to cover mileage (at 14¢ per mile), a substitute (if necessary) and possibly a small stipend. Up to two days per state could be funded at this rate.

Applications are to be submitted by school districts or a state language organization, including single language organizations or private school organizations. That body will then be responsible for managing the project.

Applications are rolling, but must be submitted at least two months prior to the professional development date. Also, there is a limited amount of funds each year so the amount of awards given is based on available funds.

Please see the online application here: https://scoltconf.wufoo.com/forms/scolt-professional-development-outreach-fund/


January 11 Deadlines

Apply for World View's 2019 Global Study Visit Program: Costa Rica

World View plans and conducts international study visits each summer for K-12 and community college educators that focus on learning about the culture, key issues and educational practices of specific countries. Participants meet with experts and officials in government agencies, schools, colleges, and non-governmental organizations, and they visit significant historic and cultural sites to gain an in-depth understanding of the country and region.

Pre-study-visit seminars and orientation well prepare participants before they leave. Upon return, participants attend a workshop to help them design relevant curricula and initiatives based on their study visit experiences to stimulate global learning in their classrooms, schools, districts and colleges.

In 2019, the Global Study Visit Program will be focused on Costa Rica and will run from March through October 2019. Travel dates to Costa Rica are July 17 - 26, and details are posted online at https://worldview.unc.edu/programs/2019-costa-rica/ including the application period closes January 11, 2019 or when filled.

Call for Proposals for ACTFL 2019

Next year's annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) will be Friday, November 22 - Sunday, November 24, 2019 (Pre-Convention Workshops scheduled on Thursday, November 21) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. The ACTFL Convention features over 800 educational sessions covering a wide spectrum of the language profession. The ACTFL Convention is a national event bringing together over 7,000 attendees from all languages, levels and assignments within the profession. The submission deadline for proposals is Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET, and details are online at https://www.actfl.org/actfl2019.


January 14 Deadline

Chinese Guest Teacher Host Institution Applications for 2019-2020

Since 2007, the Chinese Guest Teacher Program has placed more than 1,550 visiting teachers in hundreds of schools nationwide. All guest teachers are qualified, experienced teachers from China. After a rigorous selection and training process, they serve as full-time Chinese language instructors in U.S. schools.

The College Board Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives is made possible through a collaboration with Hanban and offers programs to support the growth of Chinese language and culture education in U.S. schools.
Please see the Chinese Guest Teacher Program website for various details, including links to:
  • Register for one of the informational webinars, which will be held on Thursday, December 13, at 11 a.m. EST and Thursday, January 10, at 3 p.m. EST;
  • Access the New Host Institution Application Form, and
  • Learn more about the Renewing Host Institution Application Form.

Information about the Chinese Guest Teacher Program is online at https://professionals.collegeboard.org/k-12/awards/chinese/guest and, in North Carolina, questions can be sent to Go Global NC's June Chen, Associate Director, World Language Programs, at jchen@northcarolina.edu .

The priority deadline for new host institution applications is Monday, January 14, 2019.

January 18 Deadline

Call for Proposals for the International Language Teacher Education Conference

The 11th International Language Teacher Education Conference: Society, Identity, and Transformation in Language Teacher Education will be held May 30 - June 1, 2019, at The Graduate Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The call for proposals is now open through January 18, 2019, for papers and symposia on all aspects of the education and professional development of language teachers. Papers and symposia may report on empirical research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, or practices in language teacher education. Details and the online submission form are at http://carla.umn.edu/conferences/lte2019/call.html

February 1 Deadline

World View Scholarships for Spring 2019 Seminars

World View expands access to its global professional development programs by offering a limited number of scholarships, based on funding availability, for K-12 and community college educators to attend its spring seminars each year.

The Peacock Scholarship is open to educators who have attended at least one World View professional development program in the past two years. The scholarship honors former World View Advisory Board chair James L. Peacock, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill.

World View is offering two (2) additional scholarships to North Carolina K-12 or community college educators to attend a World View March 2019 seminar of their choice. All current North Carolina K-12 and community college educators are invited to apply.

Please go to https://worldview.unc.edu/news-article/scholarship-2019/ for details.

May 1 Deadline

Dickinson Summer Latin Workshop 2019: Martial, Epigrams

Apply by May 1, 2018 for the Dickinson Summer Latin Workshop, which will be held at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA from July 12 - 18, 2019. The Dickinson Workshops are mainly intended for teachers of Latin, to refresh the mind through study of an extended text, and to share experiences and ideas. Sometimes those who are not currently engaged in teaching have participated as well, including students, retired teachers, and those working towards teacher certification. The text for 2019 will be selections from Martial’s Epigrams. For more information go to http://blogs.dickinson.edu/dcc/2018/10/31/dickinson-summer-latin-workshop-2019-martial-epigrams/





For K-20 Students


December 15 Deadline

JNCL-NCLIS Policy & Communications Spring Internship for Undergraduate or Graduate Student

The Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) have a Communication and Policy internship available. The person selected will work closely with JNCL staff to support various communications, research, and public policy projects. They are also involved in the annual Language Advocacy Day, create content for and manage our social media channels, and liaise with staffers on Capitol Hill. Interns will gain experience in federal language policy in our nation's capital while learning about and researching current industry initiatives and challenges. Interns receive a stipend. Option to telework several days a week included. For details about applying for the internship position, go to
https://languagepolicy.org/about-jncl-nclis/internships/ .


January 5 Deadline

Call for Student-led Presentations at CCES

Proposals for student-led presentations for the Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference (CCES), formerly the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA), are being requested. CCES will be held March 18 - 21, 2019, at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel & Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC.

Presenting at the CCES would be an excellent way for the stakeholders in North Carolina to see what and how students are:
  • Creating
  • Being Innovative
  • Taking action
  • Connecting to the community and
  • Being empowered to be successful citizens, workers, and leaders

Students will have the opportunity to share some of their classroom experiences, projects, research, service-learning experiences, etc. with state stakeholders at the conference. Though an adult is able to introduce them, student(s) are expected to do all or the majority of the presenting during the 45-minute session. Preference will be given to proposals that address this year's conference theme, "Innovative Pathways to Personalized Learning", as well as highlighting one or more of the four conference goals and pillars, listed below.

2019 Conference Goals
  • To provide educators and leaders relevant, research-based strategies to affect short- and long-term change in adult practices that foster innovative practices for student success
  • To provide support staff with professional learning and resources for the daily operations and needs of school communities
  • To support student and educator growth through the dissemination of data-driven strategies and resources
  • To recognize and encourage the collective contribution of communities of education stakeholders in individual and community-wide growth

2019 Personalized Learning Pillars
  • A student having a “learner profile” that documents and stimulates self-reflection on his or her strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and goals;
  • A student pursuing an individualized learning path that encourages him or her to set and manage personal academic goals;
  • A student following a “competency-based progression” that focuses on the ability to demonstrate mastery of a topic, rather than seat time; and,
  • A students’ learning environment being flexible and structured in ways that support individual goals.

If you are aware of students who could present on one of the goals and highlight practices that improve educational outcomes at the CCES conference on Monday or Tuesday, March 18-19, 2019, please complete the Student Session Proposal Form. Proposals must be submitted before January 5, 2019. If you have any questions about the sessions, please contact Phylisha.Sanders@dpi.nc.gov or Thomas.Daugherty@dpi.nc.gov.

The concurrent session proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
(1) 45-minutes in length
(2) presenter’s experience presenting before an adult audience
(3) alignment to one of the Four Pillars of Personalized Learning
(4) participant engagement

Access the Proposal Form: 2019 Application
To learn more about the CCES Conference, click here

January 31 Deadline

SCOLT Ken Stewart Future Language Educator Scholarship for a High School Senior

The Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) is excited to announce the Ken Stewart Future Language Educator Scholarship! SCOLT is dedicated to building professional capacity and wants to encourage students to pursue language teaching careers. Due to a generous gift by North Carolina's own Ken Stewart, SCOLT is now able to award $1000 annually to a high school senior who wants to be a World Language teacher. The first award will be made at the 2019 Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The recipient will receive $1000 to be used for college expenses. S/he will also receive free registration to the SCOLT Conference in their senior year of college as well as his/her first year of teaching. The scholarship recipient will be asked to give SCOLT progress updates throughout his/her college career.

The recipient will be invited to attend the 2019 SCOLT Conference on March 21 - 23, 2019, to accept the award, but travel funds will not be provided. If the recipient is unable to attend the conference, we will arrange to video conference with the student during the awards ceremony.

Requirements to apply for the scholarship:
  • High school senior with intent to pursue a World Language teaching career
  • 3.5 GPA in World Language courses
  • 3 letters of recommendation (language teacher, peer, another teacher/administrator)
  • Produce a 2-3 minute video in the target language addressing a professional topic. Note: Classical language students may record their response in English
  • Complete application submitted by Jan 31, 2019 (See application for details at SCOLT.org)


February 15 Deadline

Summer Capstone Seminar for High School Students in Chinese Dual Language/Immersion Programs

American Councils for International Education (ACIE) is launching its Dual Language Immersion Capstone seminar that will take place in July 2019. For the inaugural summer, ACIE will host a four-week immersion program in China specifically designed for US high school students who have gone through dual language/immersion programs in the United States. Participants need to have passed the AP Chinese exam or plan to take the exam this spring. Program details, tuition and application information is available on the website at https://www.dlistudyabroad.org/ and questions can be directed to ACIE at dli@americancouncils.org .

In the future, the aim is to expand the capstone model for French and Spanish dual language/immersion students.

March 15 Deadlines

Bernice L. Fox Classics Writing Contest for High School Students

The Monmouth College Classics Department would like to announce the 2019 Fox Writing Contest for precollegiate students. The theme for this year’s contest will be “A Classical ‘Black Panther.'” The contest website is at https://department.monm.edu/classics/Department/FoxContest/ and you can view the full contest guidelines at http://caas-cw.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Fox-Writing-Contest-2019-final.pdf

National Essay Contest on Why Diplomacy and Peacebuilding Matter for High School Students

The American Foreign Service Association has announced their National High School Essay Contest. High school students are encouraged to write a 1,000- to 1,250-word essay on “Why Diplomacy and Peacebuilding Matter,” identifying two cases (one successful and one unsuccessful) where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country.

The winner of the contest receives $2,500, a trip to Washington D.C. to meet a member of the State Department’s leadership and a full scholarship for a Semester at Sea educational voyage. The runner-up receives $1,250 and a full scholarship to attend the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference.

Please go to http://www.afsa.org/essay-contest for more information.