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Curriculum Programs - Texas-Spain Initiatives - Spanish Visiting Teachers



This website provide information for the Spanish Visiting Teachers in the Texas-Spain Initiatives. 

Spanish Educational Programs in the United States

Map of Spanish Educational Programs

  • There are approximately 5.5 million non-English speaking students in U.S. public schools (2003)
  • 440 different languages are spoken among our English Language Learner (ELL) population
  • 80% of the ELLs speak Spanish
  • 19 states have experienced a 200% ELL population growth over the past ten (10) years (Kathleen Leos, Associate Deputy Secretary, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), October 12, 2004)
  • International cooperation and understanding
  • Excellence in the teaching and learning of the Spanish language and cultures
  • Multicultural exchange
  • Strengthening bonds between Spain and Texas (bringing valuable intercultural perspectives to our classrooms)
  • Professional growth
Main Characteristics
  • Started in the 1998-1999 academic year
  • 23 ISDs have participated in the program (1998-2010)
  • 91 teachers are currently teaching in Texas (2010-2011)
  • Participating teachers are assigned to teach in elementary, middle, and high schools
  • They teach in bilingual, traditional and dual language immersion, and Spanish as a Second Language, including Spanish for Spanish speakers
Current School Districts in the Program (2010-2011)

Procedures - How it works

In Spain

  • In December/January, Spain's Ministry of Education and Science announces positions in the Ministry's Official Gazette
  • Applicants submit their resumes with full documentation of their education and professional experience
  • The Ministry of Education determines eligibility and pre-selects candidates
  • Only highly qualified teachers are pre-selected

In Texas

  • Districts may contact TEA and ask for information at any time
  • Districts receive detailed guidelines and timeline (December and January)
  • New districts wishing to participate write a proposal describing local needs, resources, plan, etc. (December)
  • Participating districts attend a planning meeting at the Agency to prepare for recruitment of teachers (February/March)
Recruitment and Professional Placement of Teachers
  • Approved district staff travel to Spain (Spring)
  • Districts interview pre-screened candidates and make their selections (the process takes a week)
  • Travel and lodging expenses of designated district representatives are paid by the Ministry of Education and Science
  • Agency prepares immigration documents, communicates with teachers in Spain and prepares for their arrival
  • Teachers arrive in Texas (month of July), participate in a one-week orientation workshop, and report to their districts
  • Teachers stay in the program for three years holding a visiting International Teacher Certificate
  • Teachers are placed according to their professional preparation and experience
  • School districts honor their experience, according to Chapter 153, Subchapter CC of the Commissioner's Rules on Creditable Years of Service, and academic preparation
How to Apply
Texas-Spain Initiatives


Jose Aurelio Llaneza, Asesor Técnico/Education Advisor, Spain
REGION XIII Education Service Center
5701 Springdale Road
Austin , TX 78723
Phone: 512 919 5130 - Fax: 512 919 5320

This page last updated on March 14, 2011.

Page last modified on 3/14/2011 10:46:57 AM.