1/15/19

Teaching in Taiwan Program

Applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30 every year.

Teaching in Taiwan Program Website

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The goals of the Program are to broaden English immersion experiences for Taiwanese children and to establish inter-school relationships between Taiwan and the United States. Benefits for Program teachers include round-trip airfare, a housing stipend, overtime pay, health insurance, and a monthly salary based on educational background and teaching experience. The teaching duration is one academic year; contracts may be renewed subject to agreement between teachers and schools.
l  Qualifications
All qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. a native English speaker from U.S. states of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi, and Texas.
2. a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university (database for the Reference List of Foreign Universities https://www.fsedu.moe.gov.tw ), excluding those degrees which have half or more of the courses completed online or through distance/correspondence learning
3. a certified K-9 teacher

*Please note that applicants with less than one year of teaching experience will not be considered.*
l  Requirements
All qualified applicants must:
 1.    be committed to abiding by the laws and regulations of Taiwan
2.    have sophisticated interpersonal communication skills
3.    understand and be respectful toward the local culture
4.    be willing to teach in rural areas
l  Required Documents
          Application Form (completed, signed and dated by the applicant)
          Resume (printed in ink or typed)
          Three Letters of Recommendation (signed and dated by applicant’s references)
          Proof of Teaching Experience (must have work situation and duration specified and be signed by former or current employers)
          Transcript (required if applicant has graduated within the last two years)
          Criminal History Record (obtained through the FBI)
          Health Check Report (See Health Certificate for Foreign Language Teacher)
          A copy of the applicant’s passport
          A copy of the applicant’s diploma (highest degree obtained)
          A copy of the applicant’s valid teaching license
l  Interview
Applicants with ALL required documentation will be invited to take part in a Skype interview.
l  Teaching Video Submission
A 5-minute video of applicant’s teaching demonstration (submitted via DVD, YouTube or Google Drive link) is required upon notification.
l  Application Dates
Between March1 and April 30, each year
l  Application Submission
Education Division of TECO in Houston
Attn: Teaching in Taiwan
11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012
Houston, TX 77046
l  Notes
Notification of acceptance will be sent to candidates by the end of June each year. Accepted candidates are NOT automatically issued the work permit and/or the Resident Visa. For the work permit application, please visit the Ministry of Education, R.O.C. (Taiwan). For the Resident Visa application, please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C. (Taiwan). Failure to obtain the work permit and the Resident Visa after receiving acceptance into the program could result in disqualification. 

Teaching in Taiwan Program Application Procedure




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1/8/19

MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) 2019


2019學年度教育部華語文獎學金
Huayu Enrichment Scholarship 2019

Application period: February 1 to March 31, 2019

NOTE:

Our office accepts applications from the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. If you are not sure where to submit your application, please check the following website: http://www.tw.org/scholarships/.

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Availabilities
There are twelve (12) openings available for MOE HES 2019-2020. Each applicant may select from the following durations: 2 months (limited to 2019 summer courses), 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, or 12 months. Eligible applicants from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are welcome to submit applications.

Eligibility
1. Applicants must be American nationals, above the age of eighteen (18), with a high school diploma or higher degree, must have excellent academic records, and must be of good moral character. 
2. Applicants are ineligible if they meet any of the following restrictions:

  • overseas Chinese or nationals of the Republic of China (Taiwan);
  • students who are currently registered at any universities/colleges or enrolled in Mandarin language training programs in Taiwan;
  • individuals who have received an MOE HES or MOE Taiwan Scholarship in the past;
  • exchange or dual/joint degree students admitted in accordance with academic cooperation agreements between local universities/colleges and foreign universities/colleges; 
  • individuals who are currently receiving financial benefits from the Taiwanese government or any educational institutions in Taiwan.
Duration
1. Each applicant must select the duration of the scholarship for which they will apply. Study period may vary based on the duration selected, as described below:


  • 2-month duration: Study period is limited to summer courses from June to July 2019, or from July to August 2019.
  • 3-month, 6-month, or 9-month duration: Study period must fall between September 1, 2019, and August 31, 2020 (2019 academic year).
  • 12-month duration: Study period is from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020 (2019 academic year).
2. The Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston reserves the right to decide the duration of scholarship for successful candidates. 

Award Value
1. Each scholarship recipient will receive monthly stipends of 25,000 New Taiwan Dollars (NTD) in conjunction with the duration of scholarship approved.
2. The foreign exchange rate from USD to NTD is estimated at 1 to 30. The actual exchange rate is subject to currency fluctuations.

Application
1. Required documents: 

  • a completed HES Application Form 2019-2020, signed and dated by the applicant
  • a photocopy of the applicant’s passport or other documents that can verify the nationality of the applicant
  • a photocopy of the certificate of the applicant’s highest degree obtained and original academic transcripts from that institution. Note: Transcripts must be sealed. Transcripts that are issued by international educational institutions must be presented in English language and authenticated by an overseas Representative Office of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
  • proof of application to language centers in Taiwan (e.g. photocopies of application form, a notice or e-mail from the language centers acknowledging their receipt of the application, etc.)
  • two letters of recommendation, sealed and signed by the writers
  • original Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program Terms of Agreement, signed and dated by the applicant

2. Submission: 

  • Applications will be accepted between February 1, 2019 and March 31, 2019.
  • Applicants must directly apply for admission to language centers on the List of Language Center. Proof of application for admission to language centers is required for the HES application. 
  • Applications must be sent to the following office and postmarked no later than March 31, 2019 at:
Education Division of TECO in Houston
Attn: HES
11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012
Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.

  • All HES applicants will be notified by May 31, 2019 of the selection results. 
  • Successful candidates must submit a photocopy of the admission letter that is issued by the language center at houston@moetw.org by June 30, 2019. 
  • Two-month scholarship applicants MUST submit a photocopy of the admission letter that is issued by the language center upon their application for the HES.
3. Program contact: 
Education Division of TECO in Houston
Address: 
11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012
Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.
Telephone: 713-871-0851
E-mail: houston@moetw.org

Selection

  1. Applications are considered complete when all of the aforementioned Required Documents have been submitted. Incomplete applications or those missing required documents will be withdrawn from the selection process without further notice to the applicants.
  2. Documents will be reviewed during the preliminary selection process and interviews with qualified candidates via internet, telephone, or in person may be required for final selection process.
  3. Late applications will not be considered for the selection.
  4. Other Regulations
  5. The application instructions are given in Chinese and English and, in the event of any discrepancy, the Chinese version will take precedence over the English text.
  6. For further details on the regulations for HES, please refer to the Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) International Student Directions (EN), which can be downloaded at https://taiwanscholarship.moe.gov.tw/web/scholarship.aspx.
  7. For the List of Language Center, please visit https://english.moe.gov.tw/cp-23-17677-b4bb4-1.html or https://www.studyintaiwan.org/.


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Last update: January 8, 2019

MOE Taiwan Scholarship 2019


2019學年度教育部臺灣獎學金
The Ministry of Education Taiwan Scholarship 2019

Application Period: February 1 to March 31, 2019

NOTE:
Our office accepts applications from the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. If you are not sure where to submit your application, please check the following website: http://www.tw.org/scholarships/.

Documents Download:

Availabilities

There are eight (8) openings available for the MOE Taiwan Scholarship 2019-2020. Eligible individuals from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas are welcome to submit applications.

Eligibility

1. Applicants must be American nationals with a high-school diploma or post-secondary degree(s), have excellent academic records and be of good moral character.
2. Applicants are ineligible if they meet any of the following restrictions:

  • overseas Chinese students or nationals of the Republic of China (Taiwan);
  • students who are currently registered or have obtained student status at any universities/colleges in Taiwan (graduating students pursuing further studies are exempt from this rule);
  • students who have studied in Taiwan for the same level of degree program as the one they intend to enroll;
  • exchange or dual/joint degree students admitted in accordance with academic cooperation agreements between local universities/colleges and foreign universities/colleges;
  • individuals who have been recipients of the MOE Taiwan Scholarship for over a total of five (5) years;
  • individuals who have, in the past, had their MOE Taiwan Scholarship or MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) revoked;
  • recipients of any other scholarship or subsidy funded by the Taiwan government or educational institutions in Taiwan. However, this does not include preferential prices offered by universities/colleges to cover tuition and other fees exceeding this scholarship limit.
3. Applicants should apply directly for admission within the application periods specified by each university/college. 

Scholarship Duration and Limits

1. The maximum scholarship duration on each degree level for each recipient is as the following:

  • Four (4) years for bachelor’s degree programs
  • Two (2) years for master’s degree programs
  • Four (4) years for doctoral programs
2. The total length of the scholarship duration for each recipient is limited to five (5) years in a combination of different degree levels.
3. The scholarship award period for each academic year is from September 1 to August 31 of the following year.

Award Value

The MOE provides each recipient of the MOE Taiwan Scholarship with the following:
1. Tuition and fees:
Upon validation of tuition and fees, the MOE will pay up to 40,000 New Taiwan Dollar (NTD) each semester for each recipient. Should the total amount of tuition and fees exceed 40,000 NTD, the remainder of all costs shall be covered by the recipient. Tuition and fees do not include any of the following: administration fees, thesis advising fees, insurance premiums, accommodation, or internet access, all of which are must be paid by the recipients.
2. Subsistence allowance:
The MOE will provide each recipient undertaking undergraduate studies with a monthly stipend of 15,000 NTD; it will provide each recipient undertaking postgraduate studies with a monthly stipend of 20,000 NTD.

Application

1. Required documents:
  • A completed Taiwan Scholarship Application Form 2019-2020;
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport or other documents that can verify the nationality of the applicant;
  • A copy of the certificate of the applicant’s highest degree obtained;
  • Original academic transcripts (sealed) from the institution that the applicant obtained his/her highest degree;
  • Proof of application for admission to universities/colleges in Taiwan (e.g. photocopies of application form(s), etc.) *The name of the school(s) and degree program(s) must be specified in those documents;
  • A copy of the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) certificate of Level 3 or above. All-English taught programs applicants may be exempt from this requirement;
  • Two letters of recommendation from school principals, professors, academic counselors, or supervisors;
  • Statement of Purpose; and
  • Terms of Agreement for the Ministry of Education Taiwan Scholarship Program (signed and dated by the applicant).
Note: The required documents will NOT be returned to applicants.

2. Submission (*Late applications will NOT be considered for the selection):
(1) Applications must be submitted between February 1 and March 31, 2019.
(2) Application packages must be addressed to the following office and postmarked no later than March 31, 2019:

Education Division of TECO in Houston
Attn: Taiwan Scholarship
11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012
Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.

(3) All MOE Taiwan Scholarship applicants will be notified by May 31, 2019 and selected candidates must submit only one copy of an admission letter issued by one university/college to the e-mail: houston@moetw.org, by June 30, 2019. 

3. Program contact:
Education Division of TECO in Houston
11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012
Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.
Telephone: (713)871-0851
E-mail: houston@moetw.org
Website: http://www.moetw.org

Selection Criteria 

1. Recipients’ academic goals should reflect an interest in the development of the industry, economy, and education of Taiwan.
2. Recipients should possess an outstanding undergraduate or postgraduate Grade Point Average (GPA).
3. Priority will be given to applicants with a TOCFL certificate of Level 3 or above. 
4. Applications must be completed with all the required documents attached. Incomplete applications or those missing required documents will be withdrawn from the selection process without further notice to the applicants.
5. Interviews with qualified candidates in person or via internet/telephone may be required for the final selection process.

Other Regulations

1. The application instructions are given in Chinese and English and, in the event of any discrepancy, the Chinese version will take precedence over the English text.
2. For other regulations in association with the MOE Taiwan Scholarship, please refer to the Taiwan Scholarship Program Directions for details. 

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Last update: January 8, 2019


1/1/19

德州州府提供可負擔得起的大學學費方案



2011年時任德州州長派瑞(Rick Perry)提出負擔得起的4年德州公立大學學歷方案,並稱之為「萬元學位」。德州的大學紛紛接下該項挑戰。2013年底時,第一個「德州便宜學士學位(Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Degree)」計畫在坎默市德州農工大學(Texas A&M-Commerce)及南德州學院(South Texas College)開跑。該計畫一開始有7個學生註冊,到2016年秋季班,人數增長到300人,並有121名畢業生。
「德州便宜學士學位」結合了專業技能嫻熟度為基準的線上學習架構,意即學生若在其工作或擔任軍職時具有專業嫻熟程度,可抵免其學位要求之相關學分。此舉可讓學生減少費用開銷及節省時間,使其儘早畢業。
對於該計畫的優良成效,德州高等教育協調委員會(Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board)給予肯定並於20173月宣布補助4個新的「德州便宜學士學位」計畫。總計65萬美元的補助款將分配給聖體市德州農工大學(Texas A&M- Corpus Christi)、塔樂頓州立大學(Tarleton State University)、與奧斯汀社區學院(Austin Community College)教育合作的南德州學院以及坎默市德州農工大學。根據德州高等教育協調委員會指出,該補助款將用以支應計劃學校的新便宜學士學位課程及發展。
德州高等教育協調委員會主席帕瑞德斯(Raymund Paredes)說:「『德州便宜學士學位」是一項很有經濟效益的方案,它為許多德州人帶來更多的社會流動機會。德州應該持續創新並提供具經濟效益的高品質教育,以因應瞬息萬變的全球經濟脈動,並期提供給德州人更多的機會及帶來繁榮。德州高等教育協調委員會歡迎這4個新計畫的加入。」
「德州便宜學士學位」拓展計畫由「全德州人大學基金會(College for All Texans Foundation)」負責募款。經費來源有AT&T嚮往計畫(AT&T Aspire)、大德州基金會(the Greater Texas Foundation)、克雷斯格基金會(the Kresge Foundation)以及草原基金會(the Meadows Foundation)
坎默市德州農工大學及南德州學院辦理「德州便宜學士學位」一開始,新的學位設定為組織領導力學士。聖體市德州農工大學則是計劃將補助款用在成立機械工程科技學位。該計畫會結合以專業嫻熟度為基準的課程,讓在煉油廠及石化業等地已具備工作所需技能的工人有更完備的訓練。該計畫也將提供給具有工程科技專士學位往工程科技專家方面發展的機會,並期縮減沿灣工作發展地區(Coastal Bend Workforce Development Area)與美國其他地方間的差距。
塔樂頓州立大學則計畫將補助款運用在提供替代學分課程(alternative credit courses),以減少應用科學學程學生取得學位的時間及費用。期透過結合綜合上課方式及學分替代模式取得通識教育學分,提供非傳統學位學生,如擔任軍職或已完成社區學院或職業學校專門訓練者另一取得學士學位的途徑。取得補助款的南德州學院以及坎默市德州農工大學亦分別提出計畫方案給其學生。這些學校所做的努力提供給德州議會規劃下一步計畫的參考依據,期將該計畫拓展至全州。
德州議會在8485會期時,有機會將該計畫推展至全州公立大學。85會期第385法案尋求移除目前存在於想欲攻讀「德州便宜學士學位」的非傳統學生與學校間的一些規定障礙,卻未如願。
該法案希望找到讓大學採用坎默市德州農工大學及南德州學院辦理「德州便宜學士學位」模式的誘因,以期讓大學更容易負擔得起,同時提升畢業率。
現今所謂的非傳統學生,意即年過25歲具全職工作及為其家庭經濟支柱,同時尋求高等教育或訓練者。
資料提供時間:2019.01.08
撰稿人/譯稿人:陳憶如
資料來源:20181226Forbes.com


德州學區領航完成聯邦提供的校園安全訓練



位於美國德州休士頓北邊的馬格諾亞學區(Magnolia Independent School District)為全美第一個測試美國國土安全部(U.S. Department of Homeland Security)ARC訓練公司兩項新的安全與防禦訓練的學區。
ARCA代表Aware (of surroundings),即「注意」週遭、R代表Ready (to act in a threatening situation),即做好應變威脅情況的「準備」、C代表Capable (of doing what needs to be done to survive),即具備做出保命措施的「能力」。該學區分別於20178月以及本(2018)8月實施這些訓練計畫。
馬格諾亞學區運輸中心主任歐文(Tim Owen)指出,國土安全部於2017年與其學區合作,提供專為學區運輸部門所設計的安全與防禦訓練。該訓練課程分為三階段提供緊急計畫給運輸管控單位與學校公車司機,使其知道如何在學校面臨威脅時做出應變,同時當地警察單位也於今年1022日配合國土安全部接受訓練。
國土安全部的運輸安全督導馬汀˙瑟拉辛斯基(Martin Zelezinski)指出:「學區運輸部門向來重視安全,現在我們帶進來另一層面的安全議題,而這些是相輔相成的。」
馬格諾亞學區是全美第一個測試實施該訓練計畫的學區。現在該計畫已於全美開跑,學區也紛紛開始聯絡國土安全部,希望得到更多有關免費訓練的資訊。
校車司機被要求於車輛行駛前與行駛後,均須進行安全威脅防制檢查工作,國土安全部人員則將背包分別藏放在20輛校車裡,以測試司機是否有徹底做好檢查工作。201712月,他們找出80%的背包,20182月於計畫的第二階段實施之後,他們找出了百分之百,全部的背包。該學區計有148輛巴士,運乘約8千名學生。
馬格諾亞學區已於今年9月完成由ARC公司副總傑夫˙韓(Jeff Hine)帶領的互動安全訓練。傑夫˙韓曾任職美國前總統雷根的特勤、海關特務人員、特警隊(SWAT)以及國土安全部。
馬格諾亞學區通訊中心主任丹尼斯˙麥爾斯(Denise Meyers)在一訪談中提到,「他(傑夫˙韓)在為國土安全部提供槍擊案發模擬訓練時想到,這些訓練對其他團體也應該很受用。他在演說中講解如何因應突發的槍擊狀況或教室外突如其來的空包彈射擊的狀況題。他之前是用講述的,現在則是實地演練。」
麥爾斯說受訓練的教職人員給了正面的迴響,同時對於可能在他們學校突發的安全威脅,也有了更多的因應準備。
今年124日,該學區在馬格諾亞活動中心(Magnolia Event Center)把這些全安訓練與學區可能面臨安全威脅的訊息周知家長。
資料提供時間:2019.01.01
撰稿人/譯稿人:陳憶如
資料來源:20181025Community Impact Newspaper-Tomball/Magnolia