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Future Immersion Teacher (FIT) Fellowship

To encourage new teachers to enter the field of immersion education, and to support current French teachers to pursue dual language certifications, the French Dual Language Fund is pleased to launch in 2018 the Future Immersion Teacher Fellowship, or FIT Fellowship.

FIT Fellows receive scholarships of up to $10,000 to pursue graduate degrees and certification programs to prepare them for roles as French immersion teachers.

Dual language and immersion programs in U.S. public schools are rapidly expanding. However, the biggest obstacle schools face when launching and maintaining immersion programming is teacher recruitment and retention.

Research suggests scholarship programs for teachers entering the field are an effective way to recruit high-quality teachers and increase retention. A survey of 400 National and State Teachers of the Year found that 75% of the teachers said that “scholarship programs for education students” were the most effective recruitment strategies for new teachers. (Phyllis E. Goldberg and Karen M. Proctor, “Teacher Voices” (Scholastic/CCSSO Teacher Voices Survey, 2000): 6.)

To encourage new teachers to enter the field of immersion education, and to support current French teachers to pursue dual language certifications, the French Dual Language Fund is pleased to launch in 2018 the FIT (Future Immersion Teachers) Fellowship.

Through partnering with a select network of American universities, the FIT Fellowship provides scholarships for future French immersion teachers to pursue graduate degrees and specialized certifications in dual language and immersion education.

The FIT Fellowship supports the next generation of French immersion teachers to meet the demands of the growing network of French dual language and immersion programs.

 


Partner University Network

In January 2018, the Fund will finalize a network of partner universities that offer graduate-level or certification programs specializing in bilingual education, dual language and immersion teaching in French, or related fields. The French Dual Language Fund will then offer scholarships to a select group of students admitted to these programs, to support them in pursuing careers in French dual language and immersion teaching. The scholarship amount will be dependent upon the cost of the program and the level (Masters, or certificate).

The FIT Fellowship will shine a spotlight on academic and professional opportunities that exist within the growing field of French dual language and immersion education, and aims to motivate the next generation of language immersion teachers.

 


FIT Fellow Cohort

This scholarship program will support two types of students:

1 - Those with a bachelor’s degree, not yet teachers, hoping to pursue a Master’s degree and teaching credential to become a teacher in a French dual language program, and

2 - Current French teachers who are pursuing a specialized certification in order to become trained in dual language and immersion pedagogy.

Another aim of this initiative is to elevate the visibility of job opportunities and academic opportunities in dual language and immersion education. The FIT Fellowship will shine a spotlight on academic and professional opportunities that exist within the growing field of French dual language and immersion education, and aims to motivate the next generation of language immersion teachers.

 


Timeline

January 20, 2018: FIT Fellowship University Partners announced.

June 1, 2018: FIT Fellowship Applications open.

August 20, 2018: FIT Fellowship Application deadline.

September 30, 2018: FIT Fellowship 2018-2019 cohort announced.

 


Contact


Karl Cogard
Education Attaché, Head of Educational Affairs Department,
French Embassy in the United States

fdlf@face-foundation.org

 

PROGRAMS

Annual Grant Program

French teaching
intern grantS


FUTURE immersion
teacher (FIT) fellowship


 



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