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Curriculum and Instruction

Visiting Teacher from Spain Program

To:
Superintendents; Charter School Leaders; Elementary, Middle School, and High School Principals
From:
Julia D. Phelps, Ed.D., Associate Commissioner, Curriculum & Instruction
Date:
February 11, 2013

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We are pleased to inform you of an opportunity to offer Spanish language instruction through the Visiting Teacher from Spain Program. This program enables local school districts to hire a highly-qualified native Spanish speaker to teach at elementary, middle and high school levels.

Visiting Teachers from Spain make a one to three-year commitment to teach in Massachusetts, provided that the school district agrees to hire them. Participating districts employ these teachers in accordance with state regulations and policies and pay them according to their experience and certification level.

Teachers from Spain are interviewed and screened by Massachusetts Superintendents, Principals, Human Resource Officers and/or Teachers prior to their placement in Massachusetts schools. These teachers are considered both highly qualified and licensed to teach in Massachusetts schools and arrive with appropriate documentation of background evaluation. Some of them even have previous teaching experience in the U.S. The J1 Work Visas are issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Visiting Teachers are responsible for their own housing arrangements and their immediate expenses upon arrival in Massachusetts. Orientation is provided in early July by the Spanish Ministry of Education in Madrid prior to departure. Teachers receive orientation and training in Massachusetts organized by the Spanish Resource Center in collaboration with colleges, hosting schools and districts.

If you are interested in participating, have additional questions or need references from Massachusetts districts that are currently employing teachers from this program, please contact Francisco de Asís García Díez, Education Advisor for the Embassy of Spain, as below:

Embassy of Spain
Spanish Resource Center
Healey Library, 6th Floor
UMass Boston
100 Morrisey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Ph. 617 287 5949 - Fax. 617 287 5908
fasgdiez@doe.mass.edu
francisco.agarcia@mecd.es



Last Updated: February 11, 2013
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