Project CAFE

What is Project CAFE?

Project CAFE - Calling All Future Educators

Project CAFE is a teaching initiative aimed at recruiting and retaining teachers in world languages. Our goal is to strengthen the teacher pipeline with enthusiastic young people while also addressing the critical shortage of world language teachers at this time in North Carolina.

One way we do this is by inviting FLANC members to nominate students who would make excellent world language teachers. Above all, Project CAFE is a world language teacher’s recognition of students who show promise for teaching; it is not an academic award. Nominated students are invited to attend FLANC’s Fall conference where they are recognized at the opening general session. We offer resources for nominees to learn more about world language teaching at our state colleges and universities.

Project CAFE aims to plant the seed (as early as elementary school) that being a world language teacher is a rewarding and exciting career choice!

How Can I Get Involved?

Let’s Build the Teacher Pipeline together! Here are 3 ways to get involved:

  1. Nominate your students for Project CAFE (suggested criteria).

2. Connect your students with North Carolina colleges and universities that offer teacher licensure in world languages.

  1. Advocate for world language teaching throughout the year.

Beyond FLANC: How to Keep the Buzz About Project CAFE Year-round

Project CAFE (Calling All Future Educators) allows you to advocate for world language education while also giving your students a leadership role and glimpse into the world of language teaching. Here are some ideas to get you started!


  • Celebrate your Project CAFE student(s) at the school and district level. Think announcements via email by principals to parents, blurbs sent to local news outlets, morning announcements at school. Contact your school board and write/speak to them about the Project CAFE students in your class. This is also great publicity for your program!

Advocate for World Languages

  • Put your Project CAFE student(s) in charge of your class Instagram and Twitter accounts, PTA and/or school board skits/presentations, cheers for sporting events, music for school dances, T-shirts, etc. The possibilities are endless!

K-12 and University Partnerships

  • Collaborate with colleagues at local colleges and universities to plan activities on both campuses that promote interest in teaching languages, e.g., class visits/exchanges, guest speakers, language-specific events, internships, etc.

  • Establish a chapter of Educators Rising, a student organization that focuses on recognizing and encouraging future teachers in US schools.

Teaching Assistant

  • Allow your Project CAFE student(s) to assist you with planning a special class project. You provide teaching tips, materials and resources and help guide them.

  • Consider volunteer opportunities for older students to assist in teaching younger students.

For more information about Project CAFE, please contact the FLANC Past President (