Category Archives: K-12 Opportunities

Funding Opportunity: 2016 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2016

American Councils for International Education (ACTR) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad, the program provides current and pre-service Russian instructors the unique opportunity to study Russian culture, language, and pedagogy at the Russian State Pedagogical (Herzen) University in downtown St. Petersburg, Russia for six weeks, from June 22 to August 8, 2016. The program begins with a mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC on June 22.

This year’s Fulbright-Hays Summer Teachers Program features:

  • Intensive language classes conducted by leading Russian faculty in small groups geared toward individual proficiency   levels and designed to strengthen essential speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills.
  • A specially designed course to help participants develop a comprehensive portfolio of assignments, lesson plans, and exercises based on authentic materials gathered in Russia. Participants will introduce the newly developed portfolios into their classrooms upon returning to the U.S. and report on teaching outcomes.
  • A series of seminars exploring key components of Russian culture and society to provide participants new insights into Russia’s past and present.
  • Weekly cultural excursions and a multi-day trip to maximize participants’ exposure to key historical sights and provide additional opportunities to gather authentic teaching materials.
  • Housing with Russian host families and meetings with Russian peer tutors to maximize linguistic and cultural immersion.
  • Ongoing logistical support, guidance, and emergency assistance from a full-time resident director.

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K-12 Opportunity: 2016 Summer Institute (Ohio State University)

Deadline for Application: March 1, 2016

JULY 10-29, 2016

Explore the history of Central Asia through a three-week Summer Institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in Columbus, Ohio. Central Asia in World History will offer middle and high school teachers from all subjects an intensive experience to hear presentations by experts, interact with scholars, work with research materials, view and discuss films, and sample the traditional food and music of the region. Participants will also develop a curriculum resource and have the opportunity to consult with a master teacher about pedagogy and how Institute content articulates with current education standards.

Participants will:

  • receive a stipend of $2,700 
  • receive a certificate for in-service credit and/or professional development hours
  • have the option of enrolling for three graduate credits from The Ohio State University

Institute Director: Dr. Scott Levi

Questions? Email Institute Coordinator, Eileen Kunkler, at

Please visit our website for complete information!

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