PROVIDING WORLD VIEWS: Tulsa Public Schools teachers and administrators and local host families pose with teachers from Spain after they arrived in July at the Tulsa International Airport. The Spanish teachers came to Tulsa to teach dual language or Spanish immersion programs in the TPS school district.
On July 26, Tulsa Public Schools teachers, school leaders and district staff gathered at Tulsa International Airport to welcome the first group of elementary teachers from Spain who will begin their tenures as Tulsa Public Schools teachers starting with the 2016-17 school year.
Participating visiting teachers are assigned to one of the dual language or Spanish immersion programs in the TPS school district. Under the exchange program, educators are allowed to teach within the United States for three years. This opportunity provides invaluable opportunities to Tulsa students to learn about world languages and cultures firsthand.
Three years ago, TPS administrators and teachers recognized a shortage of bilingual/biliterate educators who could teach Spanish and French in immersion and dual-language programs. The district, then, conducted interviews and hired teachers from Spain and France as part of the State of Oklahoma’s exchange agreements with both countries.