New York Arabic Teachers' Council

New York Arabic Teachers’ Council

A network and professional learning community for Arabic educators in the Northeast region

Teachers’ Council Overview

The NYATC provides a forum for Arabic teachers to network, collaborate, and share innovative approaches to teaching with the goal of strengthening and professionalizing the field of Arabic language education by helping teachers support other teachers and their communities. This Council is made possible by the generous support of Qatar Foundation International.

During the 2016-2017 school year, the Council is exploring the theme selected by NYATC members of Beyond the Classroom Walls.

Please see below for information about the webinars, conferences, our collaboration with Queens College for graduate credits, and for more information about a new leadership track.

Conference Dates and Themes

Saturday, October 22: UnConference – Beyond the Classroom Walls

Saturday, January 28: Getting Out of the Textbook: Reaching Out to Reality

Saturday, April 22: Which World to Bring to the Classroom?

Webinar Dates

Thursday, December 15: Turnaround Tasks for Transfer

Tuesday, March 7: Experiential and Service Learning 

Other Dates to Note

November 17-20: ACTFL Conference

Thursday, December 8: Washington DC hosts All-Council Virtual Conference

February 9-11: NECTFL Conference

March 25-26: TELL Collab (UnConference, additional fee, scholarships available for NYATC members)

Collaboration with Queens College

Through a partnership with Queens College, NYATC members have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to receive three credits for a graduate level course at Queens College titled “World Language Curriculum Design.” The credits earned through the course can be used towards initial teaching certification or towards receiving a Masters in the Art of Teaching with an Arabic language extension. In addition, in the past, currently certified teachers have been able to use these credits for a salary step differential.

Leadership Initiative

This track is for Arabic teachers who have a deep understanding the TELL Framework and want to take their teacher leadership skills to the next level. Teachers in this track will spend time working with a trainer to gain the skills to be responsible for leading sessions, as well as observing and providing feedback to teachers in the general teacher track during peer teaching. Participants in this track will leave the program with the confidence and skills to bring the ideas back to their own schools and districts and be a leader in their world language communities.

Guest Facilitators in 2016-2017

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Jennifer Eddy Iman Hashem Bud Kauffman Rajaa Chouairi