2016 Grant Recipients - Spcd & Belc Training In France

This summer, twenty applicants from across the United States were selected to participate in two weeks of teacher training with the Stage pédagogique de courte durée (SPCD) grant. The SPCD grant allows teachers the opportunity to perfect their teaching methodologies of French language and culture at CAVILAM Alliance Française in Vichy, France June 29th to July 10th 2016. Additionally, 3 teachers were selected for the one-month stage BELC in Nantes, France, training to become official French language workshop facilitators during the month of July.  



Applicants Selected for 2016

Natalie Stamper, Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR

  1. - Tarin Baxter, Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills, NY

  2. Binta Bin-Wahad, Trip Elementary in Grayson, GA

  3. Priscilla Chastain, Cypress Lakes High School in Katy, TX

  4. Danielle Farve, Loara High School in Anaheim, CA

  5. Sunny Hafen, Oak Hollow Elementary in Draper, UT

  6. Susan Haley, Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA

  7. René Hayden, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

  8. Nikki Hollis, Southwestern High School in Hanover, IN

  9. Victoria Huffman, Oviedo High School in Oviedo, FL

  10. Melissa LaDuc, Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna, TN

  11. Dominique Licops, Weinburg College of Arts & Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL 

  12. Tara Meiners, William A. Butler Elementary School in Brooklyn in New York City, New York

  13. Mary Merkle-Scotland, Daniel Hand High School in Madison, CT

  14. Catherine Moss, Methuen High School in Methuen, MA

  15. Jennifer Nelson, Hightstown High School in Hightstown, NJ

  16. Stacy Nordquist, Fred J. Carnage G T Magnet Middle School in Raleigh, NC

  17. Christine Stewart, Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA

  18. Megan Sulewski, Troy Athens High School in Troy, MI

  19. Kathleen Turner, Sharon High School in Sharon, MA

  20. Ariadne Tzoumas, Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, New York

  21. Elizabeth von Transehe-Roseneck, Tennyson High School in Hayward, CA

  22. Mejroda Ura, Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly, VA





The annual grant is intended for teachers of French as a foreign language who teach in elementary or secondary schools in the U.S. Look for the next grant application cycle at the beginning of 2017.



Each grant includes:

  • - Training fees, including a cultural activities package

  • - Train tickets from the arrival city in France to the city of the training center (round-trip, 2nd class)

  • - Housing costs: homestay with a French family (breakfast and dinner included)

  • - An allowance of about 290 euros) covering lunches at the training center, and various expenses (purchases of books, bus tickets, etc.)

  • - A $600 allowance for the purchase of international plane tickets (the purchase of the plane tickets is the responsibility of the participant)



Eligible Applicants Must:

  • - Be full-time teachers in accredited U.S. schools

  • - Have been assigned to teach French language and/or French culture in grades K-12 for at least 3 years

  • - Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. (French citizens are not eligible to apply)

  • - Be highly proficient in French (C1 level*)


Applicants must not have received a grant from the French government in the last 3 years. 


* Language users at level C1 are independent. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously. They have a large vocabulary and can choose the appropriate expression to introduce their comments. They can produce clear, well-structured discourse without hesitation and which shows controlled use of structures.



For more information on the teacher training center selected by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, please visit the official website for CAVILAM, http://www.cavilam.com. We look forward to receiving your SPCD grant application next year!