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Have you loved your STARTALK experiences?
Are you looking for new challenges?
Have you thought about being a leader?
Discover how much you have to offer to your profession!

Join us at the

2021 STARTALK Stanford University
 Teacher Leadership Development Institute

Teachers of multiple STARTALK languages will meet virtually in synchronous and asynchronous sessions where we will actively examine and discuss various leadership styles, culturally responsive leadership, group dynamics, advocacy, coaching & mentoring, presentation skills, leadership for social justice, and global competency. A small group of returning participants will be invited to participate and increase their leadership skills by observing and reporting on other programs in the CLTA/CWLP Summer Seminar as well as mentoring their peers who are participating for the first time. Planning for individual professional growth will be integrated throughout.

Special Feature
The STARTALK Leadership Institute is embedded into the California Language Teachers’ Association-California World Language Project Annual Summer Seminar for Language Teachers ( ) with the opportunity to meet, network, and share with the teachers participating in the other program strands offered by the Seminar as well as benefitting from general sessions delivered by renowned keynote speakers and cultural/networking activities. The theme of the Seminar this year is The Socially Just World Language Classroom: Social-Emotional Learning & Framework-Aligned Practices.


Pre-Session #1: June 30, 10:00-12:00 PDT
Pre-Session #2: July 7, 10:00-12:00 PDT
Pre-Session #3: July 14, 10:00-12:00 PDT
CLTA/CWLP Summer Seminar: July 16-21, Schedule
Post-Session #1: July 28, 10:00-12:00 PDT
Post-Session #2: August 25, 10:00-12:00 PDT

Location:  Online
Cost:  Program fully covered for those accepted

Our Participants:  Teachers of Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Urdu

Facilitators: Hélène Chan, Elizabeth Matchett, Sally Mearns, Toni Theisen

Qualifications: Successful STARTALK experiences, a solid understanding of the STARTALK principles and the readiness to assume leadership roles to support STARTALK and other colleagues in planning and delivering effective instruction

Academic Credit: Earn 3 quarter units awarded by Stanford Continuing Studies

Major Topics: Leadership styles, planning for professional growth, culturally responsive leadership, group dynamics, advocacy, coaching & mentoring, presentation skills, leadership for social justiceglobal competency


To apply for the program, go to

For returning participants interested in the Advanced strand, go to

Priority will be given to applications received by May 13, 2021.

“After short 5 days I learned so much about leadership and had a chance to build amazing personal and professional connections and safety net.”

“I was not only inspired to apply my leadership skills in various ways (especially in advocacy) but I was provided with the resources to do so.”



STARTALK is a federal grant program funded by the National Security Agency and administered by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. STARTALK grants fund summer world language learning programs as well as professional development programs for world language teachers. STARTALK grants support programs for students and teachers of eight critical need languages:  Arabic,  Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Through these programs, the STARTALK program seeks to achieve three goals:

  1.     Increase the number of students enrolled in the study of critical languages
  2.     Increase the number of highly effective critical-language teachers in the U.S.
  3.     Increase the number of highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of critical-need languages

STARTALK programs and resources are guided by six Principles for Effective Teaching & Learning. For more information on STARTALK, visit their website here.