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MCLS Professors Awarded Federal Grants to fund 2013 Foreign Language Student Academy and Teacher Leadership Academy

Posted Feb. 14, 2013

Professor Brian Baer and Emeritus Lecturer Theresa Minick have been awarded close to $400,000 in grants from the federal government STARTALK program (a presidential initiative to fund summer programs in critical languages) to fund the 2013 Foreign Language Student Academy and the Teacher Leadership Academy, focusing on Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. Housed in the KSU Honors College, the student Academy comprises a four-week summer immersion program followed by an academic year blended learning component, which consists of on-site face-to-face sessions supported by online communication. The program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors in the state of Ohio, who receive both high school and college credit for their participation in the program. The program is free for qualified Ohio applicants.

The Student Academy has served over 300 Ohio students since its founding, and Academy alumni have continued their study of these languages at some of the most demanding language programs in the country. Last year, three Academy students were awarded prestigious NSLI-Y scholarships from the federal government to study in Russia. The theme of this year’s academy is “My Space – Our World.”

The Kent State Teacher Leadership Academy is in its fourth year and in 2013 will host a cohort of Ohio high school teachers of Arabic, Chinese, and Russian, focusing on the implementation of the latest Web 2.0 technologies in a problem-solving curriculum.