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.
Back-to-School Leadership Conference
FinnFest Education Forum
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) present the 2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference, August 5-6. Bring your team! NOTE: The Back-to-School Leadership Conference has been designed to be compatible with the agenda for the FinnFest Education Forum scheduled on August 6-7. At FinnFest, participants are invited to join the discussion with education experts from Finland and the U.S. and create an action plan to address the needs of the next generation. Register for 2014 Leadership Conference.