International Teacher Exchange Programs
The Minnesota Department of Education supports and promotes quality second language instruction and cultural exchange opportunities that serve to enhance the educational experience of Minnesota students by providing oversight and coordination for teaching abroad and visiting teacher programs. Sharing knowledge and teaching strategies enhances the teaching experience for program participants.
Minnesota school districts have the opportunity to recruit foreign language and bilingual teachers from other countries to teach at elementary, middle and high school levels. At the same time, it provides students, parents and educators with the opportunity to work with professionals who are native speakers of the target language, bringing a valuable international perspective to Minnesota classrooms. While the Memorandum of Understanding with each country is different, most agreements also include opportunities for Minnesota teachers to study and/or teach in the participating countries.
U.S. Senate Youth Applications Due Oct. 24
Minnesota 11th- or 12th-grade students who hold an elected office in student government or civic or community organization during the 2014-15 school year are eligible to apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Established in 1962, the program offers a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two selected student leaders from each state, District of Columbia and the Dept. of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington, March 7-14, 2015, experiencing their national government in action. Visit the U.S. Senate Youth Website.