Looking for inspiration as you begin to plan for the next school year? Realizing that returning to “normal” is not possible and ready to reconsider how to move forward? Wanting to ensure that the focus is on what learners can do with their language skills? Join other world language educators to hear inspiring messages from some of the best in the field. Participate in both Livestream and pre-recorded events throughout the summit. Engage with others via chat and by accessing common google forms connected to each session. Be prepared to challenge your current mindset as you explore new content and gain insights on what is possible in today’s world language classrooms.
The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) welcomes educators from across the United States and around the world for the second Virtual Summit powered by our Language Resource Center PEARLL (Professionals in Education Advancing Research & Language Learning). We thank the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland for being a sponsoring partner of the Virtual Summit.
Think carefully about your personal learning goal(s). Determine the Teacher Effectiveness in Language Learning (TELL) domain that aligns best with your goal. Each prerecorded session in the summit is tagged with a specific TELL domain allowing you to identify the core focus of the session. Limit the number of goals that you set for yourself. Research says that anything more than two goals is not realistic, and you’ll likely end up not meeting any of them.
Explore the sessions that are aligned with the TELL domain connected to your goal. For example, if your goal is centered around giving feedback, look at the sessions in the domain of Performance and Feedback and plan to view those that align with your goal. Check to see if a featured speaker addressed an aspect of your goal. Consider how listening to student voices might add a different perspective. The advantage of an online conference is the ability to pick and choose sessions that seem most appropriate knowing that you can exit a session that is not meeting your needs and easily select another session that may be more appropriate.
Take time to reflect after each session.
Collaborate to discuss the ideas from the session with others. Connect virtually or in-person with others who are working on similar goals. Post a comment on the YouTube channel. Tweet an idea or a question. Discuss with others who work with you or in a PLC.
Provide evidence progress toward your professional goals. Consider using Catalyst which is an online platform that allows world language educators to set professional goals, identify strengths, and upload evidence and reflections that document their ongoing growth. Catalyst allows educators to connect with others and ask for feedback on the evidence they share.
Catalyst is aligned with the Teacher Effectiveness in Language Learning (TELL) framework and developed collaboratively by the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) and Professionals in Education Advancing Research and Language Learning (PEARLL). Set up an account at: catalyst.uoregon.edu.