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PSMLA & Other PD Opportunities; Jobs (Spanish, Retired German)

PSMLA News Updates/Reminders:

Registration Open - PSMLA Workshop on AI in the WL Classroom
Join Katie Weisser and Emily Smith, language teachers in Central Dauphin SD, for the interactive workshop Digital Dialects: Exploring the Intersection of AI and Language Learning. This will take place at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg on Saturday, April 6. PSMLA members receive a discount and are eligible for Act 48 hours. Join in the conversation about navigating the possibilities and concerns of various AI platforms in the language classroom. Visit the PSMLA workshop page for full details and to register. 
General World Language News Updates/Reminders:

Seeking flyers for K-12 language camps (especially German) by March 5.
Looking for flyers advertising German (or other) Language Summer Camps! If you have a flyer or information about a German Language Summer Children’s Camp happening this summer, please email
with the information and/or an electronic copy of the flyer. The flyers will be distributed to our Three Rivers German Day participants- 300 middle school and high school students from WV and Western PA.  The event is on March 7, so please email by March 5. 

PD Opportunity: Technology in the World Language Classroom at IU3!
Join us Monday, March 18, at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for a day of learning about technology that can be integrated into the language classroom!  There is no cost for this transformED event.
See details and register here: Technology in the World Language Classroom
Email with any questions. 

Free World Language Webinars
Klett World Languages is offering free webinars and live session designed to inspire and empower world language teachers. 

The Journal of Second and Foreign Languages, Call for Papers
The Journal of Second and Foreign Languages (JSFL) is an open access, peer-reviewed and copy-edited journal concerning all aspects of second and foreign languages. The journal encourages emerging interdisciplinary research pertaining to language education and language practices in multilingual societies and increasingly digitalising environments of learning and communication. The journal aligns with the wider intellectual movement of decolonising knowledge, language, and education, and focuses distinctly on research of/for underrepresented languages, minoritized and endangered languages, less widely taught languages, and other smaller languages as well as alternative approaches and pedagogies. The journal promotes quality work of early career researchers and all other stages of career, particularly those of the Global Majority and the Global South. We aim to give equal voice to researchers and practitioners and foster intercommunication of theoretical research and practice-based studies in teaching and pedagogy. The journal publishes two issues per annum, plus guest-edited special issues where there is an interest.

Submission deadline: 30 April 2024 Grant money for high schools with a military presence
Grant money is available from the Dept. of Defense to create or improve your existing world language program.  If you have a JROTC program in your high school and at least 10% of your students’ parents or guardians are employed by the military, you may be eligible to apply for $500,000-$2,000,000. 

Seeking Successful Heritage Language Programs!
The Center for Applied Linguistics is seeking to identify successful K-12 public school heritage language programs in the U.S. to find out more about the practices that have helped them succeed.

If you know of a program we should reach out to, please suggest them here

Global Education Series for Teachers and Students
PACIE is sponsoring free webinars for teachers who want to add a global twist to their offerings.

March 15:          International Careers for Students with Panel of College and Workplace Professionals, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
   Register here for this session by March 12, 2024 
April 3:               Teacher Panel on Study Abroad for Teachers, 7:00-7:45
   Register here by March 31st
May TBD.           Student Opportunities beyond Study Abroad
More details at this link:

Let's make our students globally competent! 

IUP Spring Methodology Conference -- Registration Now Open!
Registration is open for the 2024 IUP Spring Methodology Conference.  

This year’s process is using IUP’s Marketplace, and is an all electronic process.  Just follow the link and instructions as shown on the Registration page (or from the drop down  menu).
We look forward to seeing you at the conference in April! 

CARLA Summer Institute Program for Language Teachers

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota provides high-quality PD for language teachers linking research and theory with practical applications for the classroom. This summer, CARLA will offer ten online (asynchronous and synchronous) institutes and four in-person institutes.
See the 2024 CARLA Summer Institute schedule.

Need funding? Check out CARLA’s Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship program for world language educators who are currently teaching a Less Commonly Taught Language and/or are currently teaching at a Community College, HBCU, or postsecondary MSI in the United States. The program provides funding for selected teachers in these categories to attend a CARLA Summer Institute for no charge. Apply by March 15, 2024. Learn more here.

Employment Opportunities in World Languages:

Spanish Teacher (FT, LTS) Southeastern Pa
Come work with an incredible World Language Department at Harriton High School in the Lower Merion School District. Full time or part time possible through the end of the 24-25 school year. Apply online here 

Spanish Teacher (LTS) Central Pa
The Carlisle Area School District is seeking a Substitute with Spanish certification for remainder of 2023-2024 year with opportunity to assume a contract in the 2024-2025 school year. Anticipated start date of April 2, 2024. Learn more about the position on the district website 

Spanish Teacher (FT), Southeastern PA
The Colonial School District in Plymouth Meeting, PA has a contracted High School Spanish position available for the 2024-25 school year. The award-winning Department of World Languages at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School boasts a supportive, collegial, and pedagogically progressive teaching environment. The ideal candidate is dedicated to professional learning and is familiar with principles of communicative language teaching and acquisition-driven instruction. The world languages program in the Colonial School District is aligned with the ACTFL proficiency guidelines and uses the Integrated Performance Assessment to track students’ intercultural communicative competence in the three modes of communication.

Compensation is competitive and values dedication experience. Please apply online at or reach out directly to Department Chair, Dr. Rich Madel, with any questions: Application deadline is March 22, 2024. 

Paid Opportunity for Retired German Teachers
College in High School (CHS), the dual enrollment program of the University of Pittsburgh, is recruiting retired German teachers to conduct collegial observations of CHS German teachers in classrooms across PA. Interested candidates can choose their geographical areas. Visitors are paid for each visit, plus expenses. If interested, please contact Linda Yurasits at 

Spanish Teacher (FT), Western PA
Grove City Area High School in Western, PA, is seeking a full time Spanish teacher for levels 1, 2, 3 and AP beginning in August 2024. Please see the District website for more information and application details.