Teaching in Taiwan Program and Chinese Language Teacher Exchange
The Michigan Department of Education and the Taiwanese Ministry of Education have signed an agreement by which up to 15 experienced and newly certified Michigan teachers are given the opportunity to study and teach in Taiwanese schools for a full academic year (or a semester). The Taiwanese Ministry of Education provides Michigan's teachers with orientation training, housing arrangements, and wages comparable to their current salaries.
Each participating Michigan teacher is paired with a Taiwanese classroom teacher. In addition to providing English language instruction, the Michigan teachers work with Taiwanese educators to develop curriculum, prepare lesson plans and teaching materials, conduct classes, and evaluate student progress. This partnership offers a wide range of benefits to all involved:
Teachers benefit from the professional development that results from the exchange of instructional practices and strategies between Michigan and Taiwan.
Students from both nations gain greater knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of one another's culture, language, history, interests, and lifestyle.
Michigan and Taiwan both benefit from the expanded communication, collaboration, and cooperation that will result from this agreement.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on March 23, 2006.
Applications are being accepted for the upcoming academic year!
Michigan teachers who are interested in the program may contact Krista D. Ried at 517-373-6791 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michigan Chinese Language Teacher Opportunity
The next step in this collaboration is to begin the recruitment of teachers from Taiwan to teach Chinese to Michigan students. With Michigan's focus on foreign language graduation requirements, internationalizing education and the global economy, this couldn't have come at a better time. School districts interested in hiring teachers from Taiwan should contact MDE immediately to begin the process.
Special Opportunity: The Ministry of Education in Taiwan is recruiting teachers for travel to Taiwan in August 2015. These placements are for 11 months, returning to the United States in June 2016.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS
QUESTIONS REGARDING MICHIGAN EMPLOYMENT STANDING
How does a year in Taiwan affect a teacher's job status in Michigan?
You would need to work out a leave of absence with the district where you have a contract if you plan to return to that job after teaching abroad.
Would a teacher need to resign or request a year's leave?
You need to talk to your school district since hiring decisions are made at the local level.
Is a school district obligated to keep your job for your return?
It depends on the arrangements that you make with them.
What about contributions to the Public School Employees Retirement System?
If you secure a leave of absence from your district and return to the same district, you can purchase the year you were away by making monthly payments equal to what you would have paid had you remained in the district. You would have up to two years to do this. For further questions, call the Office of Retirement Services at (800) 381-5111.