STARTALK 2017

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

Dates: July 5 or 10, 2017 – July 21, 2017
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 2 or 2.5-week program designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of K-12 teachers of critical languages. During Summer 2017 GLP will again offer two teacher tracks, one for new teacher participants and one for teachers who participated in the GLP 2016 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 and Dr. Victoria Gilbert.

Please see below for descriptions of both tracks.

New Participants (July 10-21):
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. Both weeks 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/Lead Teachers (July 5-21):
This track is for teachers who participated in the GLP STARTALK 2016 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 the first three days 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 the following two weeks 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 CTLE credits. GLP is an approved CTLE sponsor in New York State.

Additionally teachers are eligible to apply for partial scholarships to enroll in a course at a GLP partner university that complements STARTALK learning. The credits earned through the 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 2016 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 is April 1, 2017. 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 university scholarship will be responsible for parts of the cost. More details coming soon.

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

Sample Schedule:

July 5-7: Returning Teachers Only

The returning teacher track will work on preparing to be lead teachers during the following two weeks. The schedule will be similar to the next two weeks (see below), but it will be a small and intimate group.

July 10-14: Week One

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

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: 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) or Prepare for Peer Teaching
2pm – 3pm: Participant Application of Topic (small group work) or Peer Teaching and Observation
3pm – 4pm: Full Group Wrap-Up Activity, Homework, and Questions

July 17-21: 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 – 10am: Prepare for Student Teaching
10am – 12pm: Student Teaching at Graham Windham Summer Camp
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