All items from American Councils for International Education

On July 7, 2011, American Councils welcomed 29 Ukrainian judges to Washington, D.C. as part of Open World's Rule of Law Program, a program that seeks to strengthen ties between the U.S. judiciary and the judiciaries of Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. The judges, comprised of six distinct delegations hosted in six communities around the U.S., spent two days in the nation's capital attending an orientation before spending the rest of their visit being hosted by courts and communities in Baltimore, Boston, Columbus, Denver, Philadelphia and South Jersey, and Reading.
BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN - August 29, 2011 - Dr. Dan E. Davidson, CEO of American Councils, recently returned from a trip to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, where he and American Councils' country director, Cale Wagner, met with President Roza Otunbayeva to discuss current needs and opportunities for educational development in Kyrgyzstan. Also participating in the meeting were senior representatives of the Ministries of Labor, and of Education and Science.
Mountain Range High School has welcomed a new Mustang this year, thanks to the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affair's Teachers of Critical Language Program (TCLP). Ying Zhou from Liao Ning Province in northeast China will be teaching level one and two Mandarin Chinese at the high school this year. Zhou arrived at the school in early August after a brief stay in Washington, D.C. MetroNorth's education reporter caught up with Zhou to interview her about what her year teaching at Mountain Range will look like. Published in the Westminster Window. Read the article.
In China, public school is a little different: Teachers are expected to pass along as many facts as they can squeeze in, and obedient classes know they must sit quietly and simply try to absorb it all. Hopkinton teens aren't exactly hooligans by comparison, but new high school visiting instructor Xiaona Wang of China knows she must adjust to the American system of students posing questions as they wish and expecting some extra engagement in their lessons. "As long as you make your class lively and interesting the students will follow you," she said at the high school last week. Published in the MetroWest Daily News.
Educational Seminars Alum Kristin Vrabie (Uruguay, 2010) wins Honorable mention in the 2011 "The Language Educator" photo contest. Her photo was was chosen as one of the top 7 photos from over 100 submissions and will appear in the August issue of the Language Educator magazine, as well as on the ACTFL website. In the photo, the children in Uruguay are waving to Ms. Vrabie's students from Marlborough, CT via a live SKYPE session.