Chinese New Year and education opportunities

Dear CAFAM members,

First, a reminder that our much anticipated New Year Celebration will welcome the Dragon on Saturday February 4 at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center and Middle School. It’s the place to be!

Secondly, Don Reutershan of the Maine DOE sent a reminder about opportunities to bring a Chinese K-12 educator and to study Chinese in China.

Here is information on two China-related programs for educators sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the American Councils for International Education in Washington, DC.


The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) places EFL teachers from China in U.S. K-12 host schools for an academic year where they teach Mandarin language and culture. TCLP provides teachers’ salaries, healthcare, round trip airfare, training, professional development funds, and ongoing program support. Deadline for application is February 1, 2012. For more, visit: tclp.


Intensive Summer Language Institutes (ISLI) provides fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K-12 teachers, community college instructors of Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach these languages can apply. Deadline for application is March 2, 2012. For more visit isli.

The contact person at ACIE is Daniel Cassiday cassiday (202) 833-7522.

Best regards,


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