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Published on January 10, 2008

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Kansas Visiting Teacher from Spain (VTS) Program:  Kansas Visiting Teacher from Spain (VTS) Program Agenda:  Agenda Demographics General Information – VTS Program KSDE responsibilities District responsibilities Teacher Qualifications and Preparations Other Programs sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education Sign me up! Resources USA and Kansas Demographics:  USA and Kansas Demographics Fourteen million immigrants entered the USA in the 1990s An estimated fourteen million more will come before 2010 Immigrants comprise 11% of the total U.S. population One-third of immigrant children live in poverty May 2006 data submitted by Kansas school districts claims 27,295 English Language Learners (ELLs) across the state USA and Kansas Demographics (cont.):  USA and Kansas Demographics (cont.) Kansas’ immigrant population is growing three times faster than the national average Approximately 6% of school-age population in Kansas are ELLs Over 70 languages represented in Kansas schools 80% speak Spanish – 4% Vietnamese Why Kansas?:  Why Kansas? Meatpacking plants Dairies Farms Factories Construction Feedlots Refugees Visiting Teachers from Spain: General Information:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: General Information The Ministry of Education and Culture of Spain offers several programs that could help alleviate the shortage of Spanish-speaking teachers for Kansas schools. The Visiting Teacher Program provides Kansas school districts the option of recruiting qualified visiting teachers from Spain to meet the needs of their districts. Visiting Teachers from Spain: General Information:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: General Information 2001-2002 - First Year of Program Today - 29 teachers across the state They teach: Dual Language/Bilingual – Elementary Newcomers HS Science ESOL Spanish as a Foreign Language HS and MS Mathematics MS Social Studies Elementary Art Visiting Teachers from Spain: General Information:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: General Information New Teacher Orientation – Summer 2006 Participating Districts include: :  Participating Districts include: Dodge City Garden City Oberlin Logan Kansas City Kinsley North Lyons Topeka Olathe Marysville Barnes Hope Easton Fairfield Lakin Caney Valley Sublette Visiting Teachers from Spain: The Process…:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: The Process… An Application of Intent, which does not obligate the school district to hire a teacher from Spain, must be completed by the school district and returned to KSDE by March 1st of each year. The Spanish Ministry of Education selects possible candidates. KSDE and a School District (who commits to hiring at least ten teachers) travel to Madrid to conduct extensive interviews with prospective recruits. Visiting Teachers from Spain: The Process (con’t)…:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: The Process (con’t)… Recruited teachers will make a one to three year commitment to teach in Kansas, provided the local school district chooses to rehire them each year. Recruited teachers will function as regular members of their respective school faculties and will be paid accordingly.   Visiting Teachers from Spain: Objectives of the Program:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: Objectives of the Program To provide the opportunity for Kansas students to learn Spanish from native speakers. To provide the opportunity for newly immigrated Kansas students, whose first language is Spanish, to succeed academically by providing instruction in core curriculum subjects from native speakers of Spanish, while students are also acquiring English skills. Visiting Teachers from Spain: Objectives of the Program (con’t)…:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: Objectives of the Program (con’t)… To increase international awareness on the part of students taught by visiting teachers. To increase understanding of the language, culture, and history of the Spanish-speaking world. To develop lifelong professional relationships and friendships. Visiting Teachers from Spain: KSDE Responsibilities :  Visiting Teachers from Spain: KSDE Responsibilities To assess the needs of local school districts. To interview prospective candidates in Spain. To select candidates and place them in districts that request a visiting teacher. To offer orientation and pre-service training for visiting teachers on the Kansas Content Standards, Foreign Language Standards, ESOL Standards, QPA, classroom management issues, etc. Visiting Teachers from Spain: School District Responsibilities :  Visiting Teachers from Spain: School District Responsibilities To provide a contact person who is available to discuss personnel issues during the interview and selection process. To provide a building-level administrator who acts as a liaison for the teachers. To provide a fellow teacher/mentor, preferably in the same building, to provide guidance and support for the visiting teacher from Spain. Visiting Teachers from Spain: School District Responsibilities (con’t)… :  Visiting Teachers from Spain: School District Responsibilities (con’t)… To compensate KSDE for orientation and pre-service training ($1,000 per teacher). To provide additional support to ensure a successful and positive experience for both the school and the teacher, including assistance in setting up housekeeping, obtaining a driver’s license, buying a car, etc. Visiting Teachers from Spain: Are they qualified? :  Visiting Teachers from Spain: Are they qualified? YES! There are two types of certification provided by the Spanish Ministry of Education: Four-year teacher preparation program The CAP (Certificado de Aptitud Pedagogica) – one year practicum in teaching the subject area in which their degree was granted Visiting Teachers from Spain: Are they qualified?:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: Are they qualified? VTS submit their transcripts to a credential evaluator The translated university transcripts + USA institute of higher education equivalency sent to KSDE Teacher Education and Licensure (TEAL) evaluates and issues a foreign exchange license in the content area for which the VTS is qualified The foreign exchange license is valid for three years Visiting Teachers from Spain: Then what? :  Visiting Teachers from Spain: Then what? Once VTS candidates are selected, there is a three-month period before they arrive in Kansas. During that time: Credentials get evaluated KSDE starts process of issuing foreign exchange license in KS) to VTS KSDE gets J-1 visas for VTS VTS participates in orientation session in Madrid prior to departure Visiting Teachers from Spain: Once in Kansas…:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: Once in Kansas… KSDE meets all Visiting Teachers from Spain at the airport in Wichita and takes them to their hotel One week orientation in Wichita following their arrival District mentors meet VTS at the orientation and take VTS to their respective towns/cities Visiting Teachers from Spain: Once in Kansas…:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: Once in Kansas… After two months in Kansas, all VTS meet again for the weekend “Fall Retreat” to discuss issues and conduct more extensive staff development. The Fall Retreat is held at a central location in Kansas. Visiting Teachers from Spain: :  Visiting Teachers from Spain: Adolfo Carbon, the Regional Education Officer for the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education, offers the teachers continuous support. Visiting Teachers from Spain: The teachers!:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: The teachers! Ignacio and Meritxell prepare for a “jig-saw" cooperative learning activity at the Orientation in Wichita. Visiting Teachers from Spain: The teachers!:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: The teachers! Governor Sebelius took the opportunity to visit at length about the VTS participants' impressions of the community and schools they now call “home”. Visiting Teachers from Spain: The teachers!:  Visiting Teachers from Spain: The teachers! Juan Antonio Fuster in Dodge City Other Available Programs::  Other Available Programs: Language and Culture Assistants Aimed at primary, high school and college institutions Candidates are usually between 22 and 25, have just completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and teacher training qualification Language and culture assistant’s salary and medical benefits are paid by the Spanish Ministry of Education Lodging and transportation are supplied by the schools Function is not to replace the teachers but to assist them in their Spanish language and culture classes. Other Available Programs::  Other Available Programs: Summer Courses in Spanish Universities This program enables American K-12 Teachers of Spanish, administrators or people in the teaching profession who want to take up Spanish to attend Spanish courses on Spanish language and culture at various universities in Spain for three weeks in July every year. The Ministry of Education and Culture of Spain and the Spanish universities each subsidize each participant with half the cost of the program. The remaining costs and travel expenses will be paid for by the participant. In some cases, the state, school districts or the university might sponsor participants with all or a portion of the amount to be paid. Other Available Programs::  Other Available Programs: Ruta Quetzal Scholarship Only High School Students eligible to apply A study and adventure scholarship, valued at $ 14,000, through which the selected students along with other 300 European and American students from 43 countries visit Spain and other American countries during the summer. Visiting Teachers from Spain: Sign me up! :  Visiting Teachers from Spain: Sign me up! You can download the Letter of Intent at: http://www.ksde.org/sfp/esol/appintent.pdf And send electronically and/or hard copy to Melanie at: mstuart@ksde.org or mail it to: Melanie Stuart-Campbell KSDE – 120 SE 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612 Resources:  Resources KSDE: www.ksde.org/sfp/esol/contentpg Spanish Ministry of Education links: http://www.sgci.mec.es/usa/eng/ http://www.sgci.mec.es/usa/eng/links/#asociaciones http://www.sgci.mec.es/usa/eng/links/#estadosunidos GRACIAS!:  GRACIAS! Melanie Stuart-Campbell Kansas State Department of Education 785-296-7929 mstuart@ksde.org Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias!

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