Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) governmental and programmatic oversight for this cultural exchange program includes the assessment of the English language proficiency of teacher candidates in Spain. ISBE collaborates with the Ministry of Education to recruit potential teachers in the program.
Visiting teachers have at least three years of experience. The 67 teachers hired for the 2019-20 school year to work in 11 Illinois school districts are highly qualified to teach early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school, including areas such as special education, language arts, social studies, world language, math, and science. ISBE tests the candidates’ language proficiency and verifies their qualifications for an International Visiting Educator License.
The visiting teachers make a one- to three-year commitment to teach in the United States, provided that the school district agrees to rehire them. Participating districts employ these teachers in accordance with local regulations and policies. Teachers are paid according to their experience and certification level.
Support for the program, teachers, and school districts is provided throughout the three years of the program by Mr. Roberto Garcia, the Embassy of Spain education adviser who is stationed in Chicago.