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 (

Dark Horse Fellows Program in Sampson County

The Dark Horse Fellows Program is a teacher preparatory program in Sampson County, focusing on students from under-represented populations. Students can apply to the Dark Horse Fellows Program during their sophomore year at Clinton High School, and throughout their time in the program, they will take community college courses, gain experience in the classroom, and visit campuses across the state with teacher education programs. At the end of their senior year in high school, two students will be selected to receive a $10,000 forgivable loan, renewable for up to four years at a four-year university. Dark Horse Fellows who work in Clinton City Schools will have the loan reduced by $10,000 for each year they teach. For information on the Dark Horse Fellows Program, please contact the director, Vevlyn Lowe, at

Edgecombe County's Scholar Teachers Program

High school juniors at Edgecombe Early College High School are eligible to join the Scholar Teachers Program. Participants in this teacher recruitment program take four courses that introduce them to teaching and complete over 200 hours of internships in local classrooms with mentor teachers. Concurrently, they take college classes and earn an associate degree at Edgecombe Community College. After graduating with an associate degree, students can apply for a $10,000 college scholarship each year for up to three years to complete the bachelor's degree. In exchange for the scholarships, students must agree to teach in Edgecombe County Public Schools for three years of their first seven in the classroom.

For additional information, please contact principal, Matt Bristow-Smith, at, or the program director, Leigh Ann Webb, at

See Future Teacher Program for more details and how to apply.

Teacher Recruitment Initiative for Wake County High School Seniors

The Wake County Public School System offers the Future Teacher Program to graduating high school seniors who have (or will) gain admittance to these colleges: Meredith College, North Carolina State University, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University, or William Peace University. Future Teachers receive the following benefits:

  • Annual summer professional development stipends, beginning the summer following the freshman year of college

  • A WCPSS job offer for a teaching position for which they are licensed and highly qualified

  • The opportunity to develop a professional network with WCPSS staff and peers

See Future Teacher Program for more details and how to apply.