is made possible through an existing agreement between the state of Washington and the kingdom of Spain. We supervise and implement several K-12 education programs that aim to further the understanding of the Spanish language and the Hispanic culture.
Write in Spanish Contest (Escribo En Español Contest)
Each year the Center for Spanish Studies sponsors a school contest for K-12 students of Spanish language. The theme is announced in the fall, and teachers are welcome to sign up their students to submit drawings, pieces of writing, or photography in early spring. The pieces are judged by a committee and the award winners are honored at a ceremony at the State Capitol in June. To learn more (in Spanish), see
Escribo En Español Contest.
Highly-qualified teachers from Spain of both elementary and secondary education
can be hired through the school districts. These teachers are supported by
OSPI's International Education
Visiting and Exchange Teacher Program. If your district or school is
interested in applying or learning more, contact Ana Garcia de Jalon at
Learn more about this program (in Spanish).
Center for Spanish Studies at the UW
Situated at the University of Washington in Seattle, the
Center for Spanish Studies keeps a great deal of material related to the
Spanish language and the cultures of the countries that speak Spanish. (See the
Online Catalog.) The
Center also organizes activities for professional development for teachers of Spanish of all levels. All teachers of the state
of Washington are welcome to join in!
Grants for North American Language and Culture
Assistants in Spain
This program, sponsored by the Ministry of Education of Spain, gives grants to
University graduates and undergraduates to spend an academic year in Spain
helping in English classes in schools all over the country.
Learn more about this program.
Language and Culture Assistants
Through this program, University graduates and undergraduates from Spain come
over for a school year to help in the class of Spanish in North American
How to apply and what to do.