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STARTALK Summer Education Program Grants

  

Sponsored by National Foreign Language Center and National Security Agency

Website:https://startalk.umd.edu/sophie/#/app/home
Contact:National Foreign Language Center
Rivertech Bldg. Ste. 250
5700 Rivertech Ct.
Riverdale, MD 20737

Phone: 301.405.9828
Email: startalk@nflc.umd.edu (For questions)
Description:The National Foreign Language Center, based at the University of Maryland, is inviting proposals from schools, postsecondary institutions, school districts, state and regional educational agencies, language associations, and community-based organizations to participate in the STARTALK project through summer programs that follow best practices in language instruction. STARTALK language fields are Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. All summer programs must take place in the United States; funding is not provided for programs abroad. Programs involve students and teachers in kindergarten through grade 12 or at the undergraduate college level. All participants in teacher programs must be current teachers of STARTALK languages or planning to teach a STARTALK language. Participants representing non-STARTALK languages or other disciplines are not allowed.

Proposals for three types of summer programs are accepted. The cap for award funding is based on the program composition.
1. Student programs: standalone student program with its own budget.
2. Teacher programs: standalone teacher program with its own budget
3. Combination proposal: combined student-teacher program with a single budget.

STARTALK is a component program of the National Security Language Initiative. The mission of STARTALK is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical-need foreign languages by offering students in kindergarten through grade 16 with creative language education; and providing teachers of STARTALK target languages with best practices in language teacher development.

Preference is given to student programs lasting three weeks or longer and providing at least 90 hours of instruction time. STARTALK has observed that programs of this duration have more successful outcomes than one- or two-week programs. Although there is no minimum number of students required for a program, less than 10 students is not considered cost effective; past programs have typically planned for at least 20 participants. Face-to-face segments of the program may not begin before June 1; however, online sessions, curriculum and lesson planning, and instructor training workshops may occur prior to June 1. Grants are for a one-year period, and all activities must be completed and programs closed by March 31, 2019. All proposals must be submitted using the online system by the deadline.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Award(s):Grants up to $90,000 are awarded for independent programs, and up to $112,500 for combination proposals.
Deadline(s):Applications are accepted September 18 through October 30, 2017.
Grade Level(s):K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Higher Ed, 9-12, Adult
Content Area(s): World Languages
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Global Awareness
State(s):National
 
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