Urbana OKs agreement that allows hiring more teachers from Spain

URBANA – The Urbana school district Tuesday approved an agreement with the Illinois State Board of Education for its international exchange program that allows school districts to hire teachers from Spain.

Joe Wiemelt, the Urbana's interim high school principal who is also the director of its bilingual and multicultural programs, will go to Spain to interview teachers for possible vacancies in Urbana. The trip is scheduled for the end of April.

The school district currently has three teachers from Spain working on three-year visas, Wiemelt said. Two work in the school district's dual-language program.

The Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport pays for travel and accommodations for those traveling to Spain to recruit teachers as a part of the exchange.



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virtualAnonymity wrote on April 02, 2013 at 10:04 pm

While I have nothing about learning a foreign language, importing teachers seems pretty rich for a high school.

Sending an administrator overseas to interview as well. 

I glad I am not paying taxes for Urbana.  If this is a state paid program, I am.  You are welcome. 

Sid Saltfork wrote on April 02, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Why not Mexico instead of Spain? 

Is it necessary for the staff person to go to Spain for the interviews?  Why not Skype with assistance from the U.S. embassy in Spain; or the American School in Madrid?

Meg Dickinson wrote on April 03, 2013 at 10:04 am
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I did not include in the story that the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport pays for travel and accommodations for those traveling to Spain to interview teachers, including for Joe Wiemelt. I will add that now.

Wiemelt interviewed teachers in Spain last year, as well. We wrote more about it then. You can find that story here.

Wiemelt mentioned then that the school district gives preference to local candidates, but the teachers from Spain can help fill hard-to-fill positions in the school district.

- Meg