This immersion program offers face-to-face opportunities (finally!) happening in many cities across the country this summer. Startalk is a grant-funded initiative and worth about 4 college credits!
The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland administered and grew the STARTALK federal grant program from its inception in 2007 through 2021. The STARTALK program, funded by the National Security Agency, offers tuition-free programs in critical need languages for students from kindergarten through grade 16, professional development opportunities for teachers of critical need languages, and free resources for teachers of all languages.
In 15 years of administering this grant, the NFLC provided a broad range of services, including the following:
- Managing the proposal solicitation, review, and award notification processes
- Supporting programs with teams of experienced language educator advisers to provide guidance in curriculum development, classroom observations, and feedback
- Planning and implementing annual on-site program visits, including organizing travel, making consultant payments, conducting site visit evaluations, and collecting final reports
- Organizing and hosting annual spring and fall conferences for all STARTALK stakeholders, both in person and virtually
- Organizing and hosting task force and advisory board meetings to guide the strategic vision for the program
- Developing resources for language teachers, such as model curricula, learning plan templates, and classroom activities
- Ensuring compliance with grant requirements
- Conducting surveys of program participants and administrators and analyzing this information to make continuous improvements
- Developing the custom-built online application SOPHIE (STARTALK Online Programs Help Information Events) to manage the proposal submission and review, curriculum development, site visit implementation, and report generation processes
See if a program is available near you: https://www.startalk.info