Coffee Hours; PSMLA Webinar Series; PD opportunities

Created on Tuesday, 11 May 2021 10:34:52

Upcoming PSMLA Coffee Hours:

German Coffee Hour: Kaffeestunde, am Mittwoch, 12. Mai, 16:00-17:00 Uhr

Register here by noon on Wednesday, 5/12 for this week's Kaffeestunde. Wir sehen uns am Mittwoch!

Spanish Coffee Hour: Hora del Cafecito

Te invito a disfrutar de la Hora del Cafecito, un espacio para compartir y charlar con nuestros colegas en un ambiente informal y relajado.

The Spanish Coffee Hour will be on Wednesday, May 19, from 4:00 to 5:00pm vía Zoom with Isabel. 

Register here by noon on Wednesday, May 19.


PSMLA Spring Webinar Series

Webinar #2: Technology tools and tips for hybrid or remote instruction

Date and time:  Thursday, May 13th  4:00-5:00 PM

Do you want to learn technology tools and tips to engage remote and in-house learners?  This webinar will provide valuable insight into free technology tools, such as Blooket, Mote, Wheeldecide, Flippity, Flashcard Factory and ClassTools, that will facilitate instruction and learning. Sign up by noon on May 13th!


Center for Public Humanities at Messiah University

Teachers as Scholars summer seminars are scheduled for the week of June 14-17, 2021.  This free program offers middle and secondary school teachers Act 48 in-service credit for seminars that focus on the latest disciplinary content available in various humanities fields of learning.  This summer, we will be offering 4 two-day seminars:          

  • Seminar I: “Cultivating Community-Based Learning in the Humanities” 
  • Seminar II: “Let's Talk about Authoritarianism”  
  • Seminar III: “#Digital Humanities: Teaching & Engaging with A Black Past in the Digital Age” 
  • Seminar IV: “Honoring Hispanic Heroes” 

Seminars include a full lunch at midday, during which participants have time to connect with other teachers in the area. Please check out our website for more detail on this summer’s offerings and online registration.   

Seminars will be limited to sixteen participants. Seminars may fill quickly, so consider registering as soon as you can!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at cph@messiah.edu


Middlebury Research Request

Dear Colleagues, 

My graduate assistant, Cal Powers, and I are conducting research on leadership in world language education in the US and we are writing to ask for your assistance. The inspiration for this study came from the Leadership in Language Education seminar I taught last semester at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey (MIIS), where we discovered that much of the published literature about leadership in language education has been done in the context of English language education. For this reason, we wish to learn about language professionals who hold leadership positions related to languages other than English in the US. 

We will be gathering questionnaire and interview data on such leaders’ career paths in hopes of encouraging early-career language professionals to pursue leadership opportunities. With this email, we are asking you to share this message about our study with your networks so that we can gather data from a broad range of respondents throughout the United States. We hope to achieve a wide geographic distribution across the United States including leaders in primary, secondary, postsecondary, and adult education, as well as in research units, professional associations, and the corporate sector.  

In our research, leadership can involve either official positions in the language education workforce (principal, department chair, lead teacher, dean) or educational entrepreneurial contexts (management team, CEO, software developers, company officers). We also want to learn about leaders in volunteer contexts (conference organizers, association committee chairs or officers, etc.) and association contexts (Executive Director, Membership Department Head, etc.). In this study, we are not focusing on other forms of leadership outside of language education (e.g., coaching sports, church leadership, youth groups, etc.) and we are not including educators whose only teaching language is English. 

To participate in our brief (15-20m) survey, respondents can click here.

We would appreciate it very much if you would complete the survey yourself and if you would share this email with your professional networks. If any questions arise, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at kbailey@miis.edu or calebp@middlebury.edu

Thank you, 

Kathi Bailey & Cal Powers

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