Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Announcements

Grant available to help Brazilian educators develop English teaching capacity

The Regional English Language Office at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil is offering a funding opportunity to support the development of English teaching capacity for Brazilian public school teachers in bilingual schools through an in-person and online exchange program.
Conferences

Professional learning for world languages, immersion teachers

With the new school year right around the corner, now is the time for educators to begin planning which professional learning events will provide them with opportunities to grow as professionals.
Meredith White

Core practice hacks: But, for R.E.A.L.

We need to be planning for and planning on Reflecting, Energizing, Assessing and Leading. It starts with taking an honest look at our classroom environment, interactions with students, biases, priorities, curriculum preferences and most honestly, our own experiences learning the same content.
Meredith White

Core practice hacks: Tips and tools for engaging students

As teachers, we can talk about pedagogy until we’re blue in the face. At the end of the day, however, we want strategies and resources that fit our classrooms and personalities, so we need choices.
Meredith White

Core practice hacks: Planning, assessment and feedback

Meredith White of the Southern Conference On Language Teaching said backward designing each day's lessons, starting with what she wanted her students to know and be able to do each day, helped her ensure every minute of classroom time was used effectively.
Spanish teacher Rachel Medina teaching students Abby Sadler, right, and Jayda Robertson. Medina’s Spanish class learned real-world language skills this year by putting a new spin on traditional fairy tales or writing new ones. Sadler volunteered the idea of sending the books to Norton’s Children’s Clinic in Louisville to fill a need. While there often are books in doctor’s offices, seldom are they in Spanish. Submitted photo by Kate Boyle

Teaching writing by finding meaning

Franklin County's Rachel Medina helped her Spanish students with their presentational writing skills by getting them to write original children's stories or adapt an existing one with a new twist.
Announcements

KWLA seeking nominations for 2018 World Language Teaching Awards

The Kentucky World Language Association is seeking nominations for Outstanding New Teacher, Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher, Outstanding Teacher (K-16), Outstanding Administrator, Lifetime Achievement, and Amici Linguarum – or “Friend of Languages.”
Announcements

Reach the World offers free access to virtual exchange programs

Reach the World, which facilitates virtual exchange journeys between K-12 classrooms based in the U.S. and volunteer travelers who are studying, teaching and working around the world, is offering Kentucky schools and teachers the opportunity for free access to its global education programs for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year and at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
Resources

Applications being accepted for Visiting Teachers from China Program

The University of Kentucky’s Confucius Institute’s is designed to help Kentucky schools develop Chinese language and culture study programs.
Meredith White

Core practice hacks: Let’s get R.E.A.L.

Meredith White of the Southern Conference On Language Teaching says taping her lessons regularly was one of the best things she's ever done to help her see where she could improve her teaching.