Haven Elementary School is one of nineteen schools nationwide awarded after participating in a nation-wide competition to host a Teachers of Critical Language Program (TCLP) teacher. Chang Ying-yi from Taiwan will teach the Mandarin Chinese Language at Haven Elementary for a full academic year.
TCLP is designed to increase the study and acquisition of important world languages in U.S. schools. This program enables primary and secondary schools to strengthen their teaching of critical languages by bringing teachers from various countries to the U.S. to teach their native Arabic and Chinese language for an academic year. Launched in 2006, TCLP has launched or expanded over 220 critical language programs in K-12 schools throughout the United States.
In addition to receiving a native speaker of Mandarin or Arabic to teach language classes, students, teachers, and community members have the opportunity to learn about the TCLP exchange teachers' home cultures, expanding their understanding of the world and preparing them for study and work in an interconnected world. Through TCLP, many schools establish lasting bonds with their exchange teachers' home schools abroad.
TCLP is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen national security.
TCLP is implemented by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, an international nonprofit organization that prepares individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world. Since 1974, American Councils has responded to the needs of the communities where it works with hundreds of robust, international education programs that include academic exchanges, language immersion, testing and assessment, professional training, community development, and scholarly research.