About Us

We believe that learning a world language is no longer a luxury; it is a necessary skill that students must have in order to compete in a global economy.

Through extensive, ongoing training, and standards-aligned, tailored curricula, GLP is actively supporting educators in the development of a world-ready, 21st century classroom.

21 of the top 25 industrialized countries begin the study of world languages in K-5.

Of all students, need is highest in underserved communities around the country, where public elementary schools cannot afford to provide courses for languages other than English. Children in these communities are excluded from the cognitive and competitive benefits that learning a second language offers.

Look at our accomplishments during the 2016-2017 school year:

Trained 297 teachers,
44,550 students

Provided over
37,500 students
with curriculum resourses

Worked with teachers of
13 languages

Provided ongoing support for
324 alumni

GLP’s 2016 and 2017 STARTALK Summer Training Programs were recognized as model programs by evaluators from the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC)

Collaborated with 15 corporate partners including Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley to offer career readiness programming directly to over 250 students 

Participated in 10 community events and speaking engagements with partners such as Google for Nonprofits and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

“For the first time, I feel like I am truly part of the foreign language community. I recently presented to my teacher peers at a conference ... I wouldn’t have had the confidence, I wouldn’t have had the know-how, and I wouldn’t have had the enthusiasm to give a 90-minute conference without the support I’ve had all year with GLP. It has truly been a life-changing experience.”

- Maureen, French Teacher, Queens

“This is the first time in almost a decade that I have ever had a professional development series offered that really spoke to what I was looking for in terms of having intercollegiate conversations, actually diving into the real questions that world language teachers have…This has, without a doubt, been the most useful professional development series that I’ve done in my entire career.”

- Catherine, Spanish Teacher, Manhattan

“It’s been a wonderful series. I have learned and grown a lot professionally, and have had the chance to meet and get to know other language educators going through the same struggles as I am. I’ve learned how to plan units using IPA; I’ve been exposed to a lot of good resources and learned how to integrate them into my curriculum. I look forward to continuing this next year!”

- Matthew, Spanish Teacher, Brooklyn

Our Story

The heart of Angela’s vision has remained with Global Language Project's work as the organization has evolved over the years. Today, in order to scale and increase our impact we have transitioned to focusing on teacher professional development, ensuring that educators have the best possible support so that they can create the optimal language learning experiences and outcomes for their students. Studies show that a student's teacher is the greatest determinant of their success, and GLP wants to ensure that all students have access to best-in-class language education.

Our Impact: 2016-2017 School Year

Hear Angela talk about her vision at TEDx

Our Staff & Leadership

Elisabeth Shovers

Executive Director

Michelle Paradies

Manager of Teacher Training

Victoria Gilbert

Curriculum Specialist/Dir. of PD

Jameela Syed

Program Associate

Executive Board

Susan Hanna-Wicht, Chair
Teachers College Columbia University

Shawei Wang, Secretary
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Board Members

Georges Chahwan
Choate Rosemary Hall

Sharon Chin

Nisrine Danaf
Yaday Collective

Shelly Delice
Jingle Bilingual

Sylvia Edwards
Real Estate Professional

Edwina Kulego
UBM Fashion

Michael Meng
Apax Partners

Beverly Pimsleur
Pimsleur Language Programs

Board of Advisors

Marty Abbott
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Grace Clarke-McDade
Citigroup, Inc.

Helena Curtain, Ph. D
Associate Professor, Emerita at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Irma Evangelista
New York University

Krystal Kaplan
National Urban League

Julia Pimsleur
Little Pim

Our Partners

Global Language Project holds a deep gratitude for the support of our foundation, corporate, university, and community partners who help bring our mission to life. Our partner organizations provide thought leadership, financial support, employee involvement, technical expertise and service on our board of directors.

If your organization is looking for an effective way to improve children's future prospects, support public schools, and give back to the community, please contact us to explore sponsorship and contribution opportunities.

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Events With Our Partners

GLP Field Trip to Credit Suisse

Foundation & Corporate Partners

Louis Vuitton
Qatar Foundation International
Pinkerton Foundation
West Harlem Development Corporation
Credit Suisse
Morrison Foerster
News Corp

Community Partners

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
Columbia University Middle East Institute
New York University
Kansas University SLLC
Pace University
Hunter, New York
Major League Baseball

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