School Faculty & Staff Can Receive a Full Scholarship and Stipend from the CSO

Middlebury College scenic view
Scenic Middlebury College, the location of the Summer Language Programs

**NEW: Join Tom Carroll with Marybeth Forina and Mary Goslin for an afternoon of exploration into the Middlebury Summer Language Program! EBCC teacher Marybeth Forina will share her experiences and answer all of your questions regarding this unique summer opportunity. Drop by for a mug of hot chocolate, winter cookies, and good conversation.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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The Catholic Schools Office, as part of its focus on enrollment and family engagement, is entering its second year of providing full scholarships for Catholic school faculty and staff to enroll in the intensive summer Language Schools at Middlebury College, located in Middlebury, Vermont.

While Middlebury College offers 11 summer Language Schools, the CSO is funding the Spanish or Portuguese Language Schools for faculty and staff currently employed at Catholic schools. During the seven-week, immersive program, students make substantial progress in language proficiency, generally equivalent to at least one year of rigorous undergraduate study.

Last year the Catholic Schools Office sent one teacher to Middlebury College as part of a pilot program. Marybeth Forina, a third-grade teacher at East Boston Central Catholic School, was selected. Marybeth, who took Italian in high school, did not speak any Spanish prior to participating in the program. 

She said, “I went in having no prior knowledge of Spanish other than a few weeks of practicing on the app Duolingo. By the end of the program, I could speak in full conversations without having to prepare my thoughts. The Language Pledge is what really helped me. You take a pledge to only speak Spanish, 100% of the time, so you're fully immersed.”

When a teacher agrees to participate in the program under a CSO scholarship, he or she also makes a commitment to assist their school with enrollment efforts during the following school year. 

The CSO is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2020 program.

How to Apply

To be entered into the pool of potential candidates who receive a full scholarship, interested staff must first provide a written recommendation to the CSO from their principal. All letters of recommendation should be submitted to Director of Government Programs Mary Goslin via email. Once applicants are notified if they are accepted, they are asked to move forward with the application located on the Middlebury College website.

We request that the candidates have availability to engage new and prospective Parents during school year 20/21, and that they are committed to return to the Catholic school in the fall. Program costs are paid in full and compensation in the amount of $4000.00 is provided upon successful completion of the program.

Teacher Marybeth reads the book "Tengo miedo" to two students
East Boston Central Catholic School teacher Marybeth reads the book "Tengo miedo" to two students