Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Evan Ryan talks with the 2016-17 cohort of exchange teachers and mentors about the multiplier effect that TCLP teachers have in their schools and communities in the U.S. and in their home countries.
Senior ECA Advisor and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan greeted 17 teachers from China and Egypt at American Councils this July. The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) exchange teachers were in Washington, D.C. for a 10-day orientation program designed to prepare them for a yearlong teaching experience in the U.S.
Ms. Kwan, a five-time figure skating world champion and previously a State Department Public Diplomacy Envoy, noted similarities between her experiences working with international student leaders, and the journey upon which the TCLP teachers were about to embark. She expressed her appreciation for the important work the international teachers would accomplish this year, encouraging them to "let this be a year that you inspire hundreds, thousands, because this is really a ripple effect of students". American Councils' President Dan Davidson echoed Ms. Kwan's words and warmly welcomed the teachers to the U.S on their first day in Washington, D.C.