StarTalk 2016

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GLP Summer STARTALK Teacher Training Program:
Highly Effective Teacher By Design II

Dates: July 5, 2016 – July 21, 2016
Location: Manhattan, New York; Columbia University

Program and Curriculum Overview:
The GLP teacher-training institute, funded by a STARTALK grant from the National Foreign Language Center, is an intensive three-week program designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of K-12 teachers of critical languages. During Summer 2016 GLP will be offering two teacher tracks, one for new teacher participants and one for teachers who participated in the GLP 2015 STARTALK program or who are experienced in the STARTALK-endorsed principles and TELL Framework and are interested in returning to advance their leadership skills. The program will be taught by nationally recognized instructors of world language teaching; Thomas Sauer, Dr. Victoria Gilbert, and Rosanne Zeppieri.

Please see below for descriptions of both tracks.

New Participants:
Participants in this track will learn how to design a standards based, thematically organized curriculum. Teachers will focus on developing learning targets, using comprehensible input, and checking for understanding. The program includes a peer-teaching and student teaching component whereby participants will have the opportunity to take the theory learned and put it to practice, first with peers and then in a classroom setting. Weeks two and three will provide opportunities for participants to receive feedback on their lessons, which they will then revise and re-teach. This focus on the reflection and refinement process will provide participants the opportunity to develop skills they can implement in their classrooms in the fall.

Application for New Participants 

Returning Participants or Recommended Lead Teachers:
This track is for teachers who participated in the GLP STARTALK 2015 summer program or who have a deep understanding of the STARTALK-endorsed principles and TELL Framework and want to take their teacher leadership skills to the next level. Teachers in this track will spend week one 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 new teacher track during weeks two and three in the focus areas of developing learning targets, using comprehensible input, and checking for understanding. Participants in this track will leave the program with the confidence and skills to provide professional development and be a leader in their world language communities.

Application for Returning Participants 

Opportunity for Credit:
The program provides an opportunity for teachers to receive professional development credit through the New York State Department of Education.

Additionally teachers are eligible to apply for a partial scholarship to enroll in a Queens College course titled “World Language Curriculum Design.” The credits earned through the Queens College course can be used towards initial teaching certification or towards receiving a Masters in the Art of Teaching. In addition, in the past, currently certified teachers have been able to use these credits for a salary step differential.

Admission
The program will admit a total of twenty-four participants, twenty new participants and four who participated in the 2015 GLP STARTALK program. Applicants must have target language and English proficiency at the Advanced Level on the American Council on the teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale.

Application deadline extended to May 30th, 2016. We encourage you to apply early!

New Teachers
Returning Teachers

Fees
The training program is free of charge, and fully sponsored by the STARTALK grant. Learning materials and textbooks, breakfast, lunch and coffee break expenses are provided.

Those who apply for the Queens College scholarship will be responsible for 50% of the three-credit course cost plus the application fee. All participants are responsible for their own transportation and lodging costs.

Facilities
Classes will be held in Manhattan, New York.

Instructors

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Thomas Sauer Victoria Gilbert Rosanne Zeppieri

Sample Schedule:

Week One

The two tracks will follow the same schedule but will participate in separate sessions to offer differentiated learning opportunities.

9am – 9:30am: Breakfast and Reflective Journaling
9:30am – 10am: Discussion of assigned readings, Setting stage for the day’s topics
10am – 11am: Discuss Topic 1 (ex. proficiency development through scaffolding)
11am – 12pm: Participant Application of Topic 1 (small group work)
12pm – 1pm: Lunch
1pm – 2pm: Discuss Topic 2 (ex. learning targets)
2pm – 3pm: Participant Application of Topic (small group work)
3pm – 4pm: Full Group Wrap-Up Activity, Homework, and Questions

Week Two

The returning teacher track will lead some of the observations and debrief sessions, as well as lead some whole group and small group sessions during the last part of the day.

9am – 9:30am: Breakfast and Reflective Journaling
9:30am – 10am: Preparing for Peer-Teaching
10am – 12pm: Peer-teaching and Observation
12pm – 1pm: Lunch
1pm – 1:30pm: Reflective Journaling
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Debrief Sessions
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Planning for Following Day
3:30pm – 4pm: Full Group Wrap-Up Activity, Homework, and Questions

Week Three

The returning teacher track will lead some of the observations and debrief sessions, as well as lead some whole group and small group sessions during the last part of the day.

9am – 10am: Prepare for Student Teaching
10am – 12pm: Student Teaching at the Harlem YMCA
12pm – 1pm: Lunch and time to return to program site
1pm – 1:30pm: Reflective Journaling
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Debrief Sessions
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Planning for Following Day
3:30pm – 4pm: Full Group Wrap-Up Activity, Homework, and Questions