American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR)/ American Council for Collaboration in Education and Language Study (ACCELS)

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Founded in 1974 as the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), the American Councils has worked to advance research, training, and materials development in the fields of Russian and English language; to strengthen communication within and between the communities of scholars and educators in language, literature, and area studies in the United States and the countries of eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia; and to further educational reform through training, institution building, and technical assistance.

In the mid-1980s with the gradual opening of Soviet society, the ACTR board established ACCELS, which has become a leader among U.S. organizations in the administration of U.S. government-funded exchanges in the humanities, social sciences, economics, business, law, public administration, and educational administration. In 1998, ACTR changed its name to the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS. ACTR and ACCELS continue as divisions of the American Councils: ACTR is the professional association and the focus of educational, training, and research programs for U.S. citizens; ACCELS administers the exchange, training, and technical assistance programs with the countries of eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia.

For more information, please write to general@actr.org .

Select from the following to get information on:

ACTR/ACCELS Mission ;
Objectives and Activities;
Staff of ACTR/ACCELS;
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers about ACTR/ACCELS; and
Supporters & Funders of ACTR/ACCELS.

ACTR/ACCELS Mission

The American Councils is a not-for-profit education, training, and consulting organization, specializing in the countries of eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. American Councils programs include academic exchange, professional training, institution building, research, materials development, technical assistance, and consulting.

Since 1974, the American Councils has worked to advance research, training, and materials development in the fields of Russian and English language; to strengthen communication within and between the communities of scholars and educators in language, literature, and area studies in the United States and the countries of eastern Europe and Eurasia; and to further educational reform through education, training, institution building, and technical assistance.

The American Councils has become a leader among U.S. organizations in the administration of U.S. and NIS government-funded exchanges and currently manages over forty educational programs in and with the regions of the former Soviet Union. The American Councils has a network of forty-six offices in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan and a full-time professional staff of over 270.


Objectives and Activities

  • The American Council for International Education encourages serious students to expand their mastery of Russian and related fields through continued study and professional involvement;
  • American Councils develops and maintains variable term, summer, semester and academic-year opportunities for Americans to study in Russia and Eastern Europe;
  • American Councils fosters contacts and exchange of ideas among Russian specialists from around the world through publications, programs, and conferences;
  • American Councils, through ACTR, assists in the organization of high school Olympiadas of Spoken Russian throughout the United States, officially recognizing participants, selecting students to represent the United States in international Olympiadas, and providing financial assistance for travel to international Olympiadas;
  • American Councils, through ACTR, conducts the National Russian Essay Contest each fall, providing an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to measure their progress in written communication;
  • American Councils is developing and maintaining opportunities for the exchange of Russian-language teachers and students in secondary schools;
  • ACTR members receive four seasonal issues of the ACTR Letter, a professional newsletter of current professional news and an annual Directory of Members, containing addresses and telephone numbers of American Councils colleagues.

ACTR is the professional association division of the American Councils.
For additional information or to become a member, please write to actrmbrs@aol.com.


The ACTR/ACCELS Staff & Board:

Staff Members

Dan E. Davidson
President
Lisa A. Choate
Vice President
Pamela Gerardi
Director, Organizational Advancement
Kitt Poole
Director, Human Resources
Carl Herrin
Director, Government Relations
Vacant
Director, Finance and Administration
Jeanne-Marie Duval Pierrelouis
Managing Director, Higher Education Programs
 

American Councils Board of Trustees

Dr. Richard D. Brecht, chair
Chairman, ACCELS
Director, National Foreign Language Center
Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Dan E. Davidson, ex officio
President, American Councils
Professor, Bryn Mawr College

Harriet Mayor Fulbright
Executive Director, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Lawrence T. Kurlander
Senior Vice President, and Chief Administrative Officer, Newmont Mining Corporation

Edmund S. Muskie, Jr.
Senior Vice President & Managing Director, International Division,
First Union Bank of Washington, D.C.

Peter Merrill, ex officio
President, ACTR
Phillips Academy

Robert Rose
President
Rose Communication, Inc.

Dr. Roald Sagdeev
Director, East West Space Science Center
Professor, University of Maryland, College Park

 

ACTR Board of Directors

Name Affiliation Term of Office
Renate Bialy Scotlandville Magnet High School 1998-2000
Richard Brecht University of Maryland 1998-2000
Zita Dabars Friends School 1999-2001
Dan Davidson Bryn Mawr College 1999-2001
Kathleen Dillon Polytechnic School 1999-2001
Thomas J. Garza University of Texas, Austin 1998-2000
Michael Gorham University of Florida 1999-2001
Betty Lou Leaver Johnson Space Center 1999-2001
Maria Lekic University of Maryland 1999-2001
Peter Merrill Phillips Academy 1998-2000
John Mohan Grinnell College 1998-2000
George Morris St. Louis University High School 1998-2000
Elizabeth Neatrour James Madison University 1999-2001
Ray Parrott University of Iowa 1998-2000
Benjamin Rifkin University of Wisconsin 1999-2001
Guenther Teschauer Tenafly High School 1998-2000
Claire Walker Seal Beach, California emerita
John Watzke University of Iowa 1999-2001

Board of Senior Advisors

Barbara Anderson, University of Michigan
Donna Bahry, Vanderbilt University
Robert Belknap, Columbia University
Richard Brecht, University of Maryland
William Brumfield, Tulane University
Jane Burbank, University of Michigan
William Fierman, Indiana University
Mark von Hagen, Columbia University
Robert Hayden, University of Pittsburgh
Robert Huber, National Council on East European and Eurasian Research
Aron Katsenelinboigen, The Wharton School
David Laitin, University of Chicago
Robin Lewis, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Ronald Linden, University of Pittsburgh
Jay Olsen, Academy for Educational Development
David Reibstein, The Wharton School
Blair Ruble, Kennan Institute
Stephen Szabo, School for Advanced International Studies
William Todd III, Harvard University
Howard Tynan, Chicago Tribune
Susan Woodward, King’s College, London



Frequently Asked Questions about ACTR membership

What is the difference between ACTR and ACCELS, how do they relate to one another?

ACTR is the professional association that focuses on the study of Russian in the United States and manages the educational, training, and research programs for United States citizens in Russia. ACCELS administers those exchange, training, and technical assistance programs with the countries of eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia. In 1998, the name was changed to American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, with ACTR and ACCELS as divisions of American Councils.

What kinds of programs does ACTR/ACCELS offer?

ACTR/ACCELS offers study and research programs for U.S. citizens in all of the newly independent states, and study and research programs for NIS citizens in the United States. There are programs for students at all levels, from high school to post-doctoral, for teachers, for faculty, and for researchers.

ACTR/ACCELS also publishes books for Russian language study and conducts competitions in the United States for high school students to test their knowledge of Russian.

How do I get information about ACTR/ACCELS programs or publications?

There are five easy ways:

  • write to our DC office address: 1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW Suite 700 Washington DC 20036
  • call 202-833-7522, a receptionist will direct your call to the appropriate program officer
  • fax us at 202-833-7523 Attn: Outbound Programs
  • email us at general@actr.org
  • check out our WWW site at http://www.actr.org .

How do I know which ACTR/ACCELS program is right for me?

Contact us. A program officer will be glad to discuss ACTR/ACCELS programs and help you determine which is right for you.

Does ACTR/ACCELS work with institutions or just individuals?

Both! ACTR/ACCELS:

  • provides opportunities for individuals to study in Russia or another country of the NIS;
  • provides funding for individual study or research;
  • designs and manages institutional partnerships between U.S. and NIS schools and institutions;
  • works with Russian departments throughout the country to help improve the teaching of Russian or other NIS languages, improve opportunities for students and faculty to study Russian or other NIS languages in-country, and identify field-wide issues that only a national association can address; and
  • places almost 500 NIS students and faculty in over 200 U.S. schools and universities each year.

Can individuals or institutions join ACTR/ACCELS?

Yes! Membership in ACTR/ACCELS is available to anyone or any institution with an interest in the NIS. Membership information and benefits are available from George Morris at: actrmbrs@aol.com or from our WWW site.

Members of ACTR receive the ACTR Letter, a quarterly, professional newsletter that addresses current issues, professional news, and professional growth; an annual Directory of Members, containing addresses and telephone numbers of ACTR colleagues; and the ACTR annual report.


Supporters and Funders of ACTR/ACCELS

ACTR/ACCELS’s programs are funded by a variety of U.S. government agencies, NIS governments, and private and corporate foundations including:

Agency for International Development
Department of State
Department of Education
Ford Foundation
Governments of the Russian Federation, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan
Mobil Foundation
Soros Foundation
United States Information Agency
World Bank


Views from the ACTR/ ACCELS Director





ACTR/ACCELS Resources

Text and Video Resources

Art and Spirituality: The Russian Icon
Video (20 minutes) Russian- and English-text versionsArt and Spirituality: The Russian Icon
Video (20 minutes) Russian-text version

Art and Spirituality: The Russian Icon
Video (20 minutes) English-text version

Cultural Handbook for the New Independent States
Lisa A. Choate and Dan E. Davidson, eds. Handbook for organizations and individuals not associated with ECA and FLEX

The Face of Russia
Video

English-Russian and Russian-English Glossary of Marketing Terms
Compiled by Dasha C. Nisula

Russian for Business Communication
Textbook

Rovesniki/Peers
Textbook

Rovesniki/Peers
Videos (three 1-hour VHS video cassettes)

Rovesniki/Peers
Teacher’s Manual

Hi There! American English in Functional Dialogs
Video (20 minutes)

Breakthrough! American English for Speakers of Russian
Textbook

Chto vy ob etom dumaete? What do you think about that?
Textbook and 2-hour VHS video cassette

Russian Stage Series

Minirus

Russian Face to Face Series

Russian Faces and Voices

Russian Readings for Close Analysis

Fundamentals of Russian Verbal Conjugation for Students of Russian

Scientific Russian, Readings in Russian Science and Technology

Political Russian

Years of Change

To order ACTR resources, please seek further information at http://www.actr.org/.

Online Resources

Russnet
Educational websiteCentral Asia Net
Educational website





Communicating with ACTR/ ACCELS

ACTR/ACCELS Headquarters
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Suite 700 Washington DC 20036

TEL: 202-833-7522
FAX: 202-833-7523
email: general@actr.org





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