Category Archives: K-12 Opportunities

K-12 Opportunity: Summer Russian Language Teachers Program (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 15, 2016

The Summer Russian Language Teachers Program provides fellowship support for Russian teachers and graduate students to study Russian language, pedagogy, and culture at the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen) in St. Petersburg for a six week summer session.

Applications from K-12 teachers of Russian are especially encouraged.

The American Councils Summer Russian Language Teachers Program offers qualified U.S. pre- and in-service teachers of Russian language and culture from elementary schools, high schools, and universities the opportunity to improve Russian language skills while developing a portfolio of authentic teaching materials for use in the classroom. Courses on Russian language, pedagogy, and culture are led by distinguished faculty from the Russian State Pedagogical University’s Department of Philology. The program is six-weeks long, and takes place from late-June to mid-August.

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K-12 Opportunity: CARTA Conference (Kansas City, MO)

Please mark your calendar for CARTA (Central Association of Russian Teachers of America) annual conference. It will meet April 1-3, 2016 in Kansas City at Intercontinental Hotel. More information about CARTA at and on Facebook.

Professor Mara Sukholutskaya, CARTA President,
Department of English and Languages, East Central University, PMB W-7, Ada, OK 74820.
Tel: (580) 559-5293,


K-12 Opportunity: The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

Deadline for Application: December 1, 2015

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at Deadlines for U.S. applicants range from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016, depending on state of residency.

K-12 Opportunity: The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program

Deadline for Application: December 1, 2015

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2016-17 programs are due December 1, 2015. Visit for more information.

K-12 Opportunity: The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Scholarship

Deadline for Application: October 29, 2015

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. The application deadline for summer 2016 and academic year 2016-17 programs is October 29, 2015. Visit for more information.

K-12 Opportunity: ACTR/ACCELS Weekend Seminar for Russian Teachers (Washington, DC)

Deadline for Application: October 7, 2015

American Councils for International Education, ACTR/ACCELS will offer a weekend seminar, October 24-25th, 2015, in Washington, DC for teachers of Russian who are interested in the Prototype AP® Russian Exam and The College Board-American Councils National Examinations in World Languages (NEWL) Series: Russian.  These standards and proficiency-based assessments reflect the best practices in language assessment. During the two-day seminar, participants will gain an understanding of the core design and content of the proficiency-based Prototype AP® Russian Exam and the NEWL: Russian Exam, as they relate to course curriculum, exam content, online administration and scoring. Special attention will be made to incorporate local conditions into the design and planning of proficiency-based curriculum, as teachers gain an understanding of and experience with the four sections of the exam.  Upon completion of the seminar, participants will receive a certificate of participation and of qualification to administer the Prototype AP® Russian Program and Examination and The College Board-American Councils National Examinations in World Languages (NEWL) Series: Russian at their home schools.

Join a community of high school Russian teachers and make further connections as you share your classroom culture, communicate across many topics, and compare best practices, creative ideas, innovative techniques and practical solutions.

Where: Washington, D.C.
When: October 24-25, 2015
Registration: $250
Travel and accommodations are participants’ responsibility.

Contact: Holly Gerrity (

Job/K-12: University of Pittsburgh Lead Instructor for residential Summer Program in Russian

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) seeks an educator with experience teaching Russian at the high school level  to serve as the lead instructor in an intensive and immersive 4-week residential summer program for high school students who have completed one year of Russian language instruction.  The ideal candidate will have a detailed knowledge of ACTFL’s 5 C’s of Foreign Language Education and experience building these goal areas into curricula.   Continue reading

K-12 Opp: Call for Russian Teachers and Professors for a Summer STARTALK Program

Deadline: March 31, 2015


Faculty members in The Department of Asian and Slavic Languages (part of the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Irina Kostina, lecturer; Anna Kolesnikova, visiting professor; and Marina Kostina, CEO Wired@Heart have received the fourth grant from STARTALK, a unit of the federal National Security Language Initiative, for their program “Bridging the Gap through Standards and Technology: STARTALK for Teachers”.

This summer program (120 instructional hours) starts with an online module on June 22, 2015 and ends with a three-day on-site workshop and conference at the University of Iowa (July 20, 21, 22, 2015).

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K-12 Opportunities: STARTALK Teacher Program

The STARTALK Teacher Program, “Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century”, aims to enroll sixteen teachers who are currently teaching Russian (6), Korean (2), Persian (2), and Portuguese (2) in the community or who would like to work toward obtaining a P-12 World Language Endorsement in Russian, Persian, and Portuguese correspondingly for teaching these languages in Washington K-12 public schools. The program is designed to teach them STARTALK best practices in language teaching and curriculum development, as well as the content knowledge needed to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsement (WEST-E) for World Languages and the pedagogical experience that would prepare them for the Performance-Based Pedagogy Assessment (PPA) for those teachers for whom it is required for state endorsement, and to provide scholarship assistance to complete the required assessments (WEST-E and ACTFL OPI and WPT). This Teacher Program will prepare native (or near native) speakers of Russian, Persian and Portuguese to teach in a standards and content-based program, focused on developing communicative proficiency and accuracy in heritage speakers of Russian, Persian and Portuguese. A special focus on integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) into language instruction will prepare teachers to work effectively with today’s students. Continue reading