This is a fairly brief update. Please see the WL vacancies listed at the end of this email, and let me know if you see inaccuracies. If your school/district is considering the elimination of WL programming due to inability to secure staff, see the final note on this communication. Finally, as we face an excess of WL vacancies this year…please spread word of vacancies to eligible friends/family/peers nationwide….collaboration will help to ensure continuance of our WL programming across the state.
Overview of Updates:
Teacher Professional Growth Opportunities
Thoughts on Advocacy
Vacancies and Long Term Substitute Openings
Alternate Programming Options
Teacher Professional Growth Opportunities
2016 NILA Conference: Pushing Toward Proficiency
The 2016 event will be hosted on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at Schoo Middle School in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Opportunities to grow and contribute abound. Attend as a participant, presenter, or vendor/exhibitor/advertiser!
Call for session proposals (due April 20th): http://nelanguages.weebly.com/2016-conference.html
Exhibitor/vendor/advertiser information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yvrzz64FO785wbIDBl3vfK29rKyeP8s5d8JOs3WJDfY/edit?usp=sharing
I encourage everyone (PK-20) to propose a session and spread word of this exciting opportunity! Encourage others to present. Present with a group. Let’s make this the best NILA yet!
March 9-11, Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL
Call for proposals is now open. Visit www.csctfl.org to submit your proposal now.
STARTALK program for Teachers of Chinese.
July 13-23 at UNL. Application due April 15th. See attached word file for the application. Additional information can be found on the website athttps://sites.google.com/site/stchineseteacherinstitute .
WL Webinar (archived)
A very timely “Expanding World Language for Young Learners” webinar was recently presented and is now available on-demand. The Webinar and Powerpoint are both available at http://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html#archived . Scroll to second selection to find the WL webinar.
Are you an ACTFL member….and interested in traveling to Cuba???
Marty Abbott and Jacque Bott Van Houten will be leading an ACTFL-EF tour of Cuba. This is the first trip ACTFL has decided to co-sponsor, as a way to allow members to explore new places and enjoy the company of colleagues from the profession. The dates for the trip are June 20-28. For more details go to:http://landing.eftours.com/actflplp
ESU #16 April 20th event, North Platte
Presentation from Kelly Garcia who presented at ACTFL in November; sharing from Kathy DaMoude (her experiences in Denver), Sharing from Jack Ramos-Needham on his students experience in Lincoln at the Language Fair. Watching and discussing a couple of webinars by Carol Gaab. Open sharing among the teachers and any other information I’ve collected. For more information, contact Jan Coone at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The College of Education and Human Sciences at UNL is sponsoring a summer Chinese Language, Culture and Technology Academy from July 10-24, 2016. The Academic is open to current high school students who are interested in language learning, who have completed 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade as of May, 2016, and who have NO prior Chinese language learning experience. All expenses are covered by the program (housing, meals, iPad access, supplies). The deadline for applications is April 15th, and the program will accept 20 student-participants. Attached are three versions of the informational letter and application – one directed to teachers, one to parents, and one to students. I encourage you to share attachments with staff, students, and parents who might be interested in this opportunity.
Bellevue East Spanish V: Storytime 4 Niños
Every Wednesday through May 11th, 10am-10:30am at Bellevue Public Library- Bellevue, NE
Students read with infants-age 4 (includes take-home coloring page of animal of the week, take-home bilingual activity related to book of the week, and story read to your child)
Thoughts on Advocacy
Advocacy Idea (courtesy of Sara Percival, WL Department Chair and French Teacher at Westside High School.
Thank-you to Sara Percival for sharing this idea. Sara created a youtube video to share with her Board of Education members during the recent discussions related to elementary world language programming. The video is a stellar example of use of media to advocate for world language education. http://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html#archived
Seal of Biliteracy (courtesy of Becky Gill-Rose, WL Advocacy Rep for Nebraska and Department Chair/Spanish Teacher at Palmyra High School)
I am attaching the Seal of Biliteracy Brochure as well as a sample letter to School Boards that you may want to include. This letter is only a sample and will need to be edited and adjusted for one's only personal school district and background information. I am currently working on a document outlining available credits though our local colleges and universities for those earning the Seal.
Disclaimer: NDE does not express specific positions related to advocacy for World Language Education. I am able to share the above items for informational purposes only, and you may use them as you choose.
If you know of anyone who is looking…..
Alliance Public Schools is looking for a 9-12 Spanish teacher.
Arcadia Public Schools seeks a High School Spanish teacher.
Brownell-Talbot is seeking a full-time preschool through grade 8 French teacher.
Cedar Catholic Jr./Sr. High School has a 9-12 Spanish opening.
Callaway Public Schools seeks an educator endorsed to teach World Language (preferably Spanish) and Language Arts or Reading
Columbus Public Schools seeks a Middle School Spanish teacher.
Duchesne Academy in Omaha has posted a full-time French position (this may not have been announced to students yet, so please keep this among professionals).
Emerson Hubbard has posted a job opening for a 7-12 Spanish teacher.
Eustis-Farnam High School has a 9-12 Spanish opening.
Falls City has posted an opening for a 9-12 World Language teacher. Any language will be considered.
Gering Public Schools is seeking a High School Spanish teacher.
Guardian Angels Central Catholic is seeking a 7-12 Spanish teacher.
Kimball Public Schools is seeking a secondary Spanish Teacher.
Lexington Public Schools seeks a high school Spanish teacher.
Norfolk Public Schools has an opening for a Spanish teacher.
Silver Lake Public Schools is seeking a K-12 Spanish teacher. A 7-12 Spanish endorsement is required.
Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha is seeking a 9-12 Spanish teacher.
South Sioux City Community School District is looking for a Spanish teacher but will consider other languages.
St. Columbkille Catholic School seeks a halftime 5th-8th grade Spanish teacher.
Wahoo Public School is hiring a full time Spanish Teacher
Long Term Substitute opening
Bellevue East High School: Long term sub from August through October. Spanish 1, 2, and maybe 3. Spanish endorsement required. ContactJessica.email@example.com for more information.
There may be situations in which a WL program is facing elimination due to inability to secure staff. There are alternatives to the traditional approach to filling teacher vacancies.
Any administrator can contact me (Janine) to secure a teacher from Spain or Mexico. NDE serves as the J-1 visa sponsor and system of support. J-1 teachers contract directly with the district as a traditional employee, with costs mirroring other full-time teachers in the district. They may teach in NE schools for up to 5 years with a program extension.
There are districts willing to offer distance learning opportunities in an effort to preserve WL programming. One option:
Sterling Public Schools is willing to provide Spanish instruction opportunities for high school students via Distance Learning next year. The district can offer Spanish I, II, III, or IV from either 8:00 - 8:50 or 10:51-11:41. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Sterling Public Schools superintendent Ryan Knippelmeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 402.866.4761.
As always, if you have something that you’d like to ask or share out with peers, I will gladly include it in the next update. Similarly, if there is something or someone to celebrate, let’s lift up our peers and spread the word of our exciting successes in World Language education!
Janine Theiler, PhD
Nebraska Department of Education
World Language Education Specialist