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March 23, 2009

CARLA Summer Institutes 2009

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota has sponsored a summer institute program for second language teachers since 1996. These internationally-known institutes reflect CARLA’s commitment to link research and theory with practical applications for the classroom. Learn more »

January 06, 2009

2009 WinterWorkshop(s)

The WinterWorkshop at Morehead State has been postponed due to the winter weather. Dr. Fulkerson's workshop has been rescheduled for February 21 in Bowling Green. Dr. Moeller's workshop is postponed until further notice. winter_workshop07.gifKWLA is proud to announce two professional development days for teachers of world languages at all levels. Both one-day workshops will be of interest to all world languages teachers and students thinking about becoming a world language teacher but is limited to 50 participants for each workshop. To register for these events, please use the online registration links below. Registration includes access to all workshop materials, six-hours of professional development credit, continental breakfast, and lunch. Saturday, January 31, 2009: Postponed until February 21 in Bowling Green on the campus Morehead State University Online Registration Featured Speaker: Dr. Gregory Fulkerson, Delaware Department of Education "World Language Learning for Transfer - Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction for Performance" Saturday, February 21, 2009: on the campus of Western Kentucky University Online Registration Featured Speaker: Dr. Ali Moeller, University of Nebraska-Lincoln "The Power of Student Involvement in the Learning Process"

September 15, 2008

Announcing new World Language Teacher Network

Looking for more world language specific professional development opportunities?
Do you want to put world language at the table with other assessed content areas?
KWLA is proud to announce the creation of a "World Language Teacher Network" that is being supported through a grant from the Kentucky Department of Education and managed by Northern Kentucky University in collaboration with Morehead State University and Western Kentucky University. The goal of this project is for a cohort of teachers to develop a suite of assessment that guide instruction, and for those teachers to be able to train other teachers in this process. A second goal is for is for participants from middle and high schools as well as colleges and universities to understand the concepts and processes behind performance-based assessment in order for K-20 world language teachers to come to consensus on their expectations for incoming college students. Network activities include specialized training with national and global leaders in the field of world language education, curriculum development, online discussions and more. Participants are paid daily stipends and receive travel reimbursements. Additional information, a schedule of 2008/2009 seminars and an application form: Download PDF file | Download Word file

April 27, 2008

Spring Workshop w/ Greg Duncan

spring_workshop_small2.gifYou are invited to the first-ever "KWLA Spring Workshop" for World Language Teachers at all levels, to be held May 28-30 at St. Francis High School in Louisville. Nationally recognized world language expert, Greg Duncan will be delivering a series of three one-day workshops focusing on student motivation.

May 28: Getting them to stay beyond the requirement: tips for the wise May 29: Talking Up a Storm! Getting Our Students to Intermediate Proficiency May 30: Performance-Based Assessment: Showing Them What They Can Do

» Download Workshop Announcement » Begin Online Registration. $30 per workshop / $75 for all three workshops (Registration includes all workshop materials, professional development credit, lunch, and refreshments.) For additional information including descriptions of each workshop, click on "Learn More" below. Learn more »

January 27, 2008

2008 WinterWorkshop

winter_workshop07.gifPlease join us for a Professional Development Day for Teachers of World Languages at all levels, February 16, 2008, on the campus of Western Kentucky University. This one-day workshop will be of interest to all world languages teachers and students thinking about becoming a world language teacher. To register for this event, please use Online Registration. (Registration includes access to all sessions, six-hours of professional development credit, continental breakfast, and lunch.) For additional information including session descriptions, click on "Learn More" below. Learn more »

December 05, 2007

Southern Leadership Initiative

SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) is seeking applicants for the Southern Initiative for Language Leadership Program. Applicants should be in the first five years of their teaching career and be interested in leadership. The program spans two years and will entail two summer institutes and two projects. The first summer institute will take place June 15-20, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia, with the focus on “Taking Action in the Language Classroom”. Apply by March 5, 2008, via the SCOLT web site.

February 05, 2007

2007 Winter Workshop

winter_workshop07.gifPlease join us for a Professional Development Day for Teachers of World Languages at all levels, February 24, 2007, on the campus of Western Kentucky University. This one-day conference co-sponsored by the Kentucky World Language Association and the Improving Educator Quality Program at Western Kentucky University will be of interest to World Languages Teachers and to University Faculty in World Languages and Teacher Education.
To register for this event, please use the Online Registration (Registration includes access to all sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch.)
For additional information including session descriptions, click on "Learn More" below. Learn more »

November 07, 2006

Council Awards Funds to Improve Teacher Quality

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved over $1 million in grant funding for postsecondary institutions to offer professional development for P-12 teachers and administrators. The Improving Educator Quality state grant program will fund eight projects serving more than 250 teachers in 55 Kentucky counties over 18 months beginning January 2007.

World Language Projects: - Spanish Immersion, Mentoring and Exchange, Murray State University ($125,000) - Certifying World Language Teachers for Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University ($150,000) - Developing and Assessing World Language Competence in Kentucky Schools, University of Kentucky ($115,000)

May 06, 2006

STAMP and LinguaFolio Workshops

UKSig3-2003_159x101.JPGThere will be STAMP and Linguafolio training workshops offered in May and June through the University of Kentucky and support from an Improving Educator Quality grant. The first workshop is May 20th and will be held at the Max Kade House in Lexington. For additional workshops and registeration information download the official announcement!

March 27, 2006

Professional Development Opportunity at UK

UKSig3-2003_159x101.JPGThe Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Kentucky announces a 16-month program for P-12 World Languages teachers (March 2006-June 2007). The program will provide participating teachers with stipends and will cover related costs. In addition, teachers will receive support for student participation in KWLA World Language Festivals (2006 & 2007) and for use of STAMP and LinguaFolio assessment tools. This program is funded by an Improving Educator Quality grant through the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education.
The program is open to all Kentucky P-12 World Language teachers. Preference will be given to teachers in high-needs districts, Title-I schools, and teachers with emergency, alternate, or recent certification.
Download flyer for details and contact information.

February 21, 2006

Professional Development Opportunity at WKU

This program is now full. No additional applications will be accepted. western_logo.jpgA year-long program in professional development for P-12 Kentucky World Languages teachers begins this spring through the Department of Modern Languages at Western Kentucky University. The program is funded through the Improving Teacher Quality grant program of the Council on Post-Secondary Education.
Applications are sought from emergency certified teachers and those with alternate certification, as well as recently-certified teachers and those with little or no direct experience with cultures of the languages they teach. The purpose of the program is for participants to refine language abilities, gain a deeper cultural knowledge, and work with teacher mentors and partners to develop a standards-based, content-related unit of study.
Call for Application and Registration Form: Word → | PDF → Supervisor Recommendation Form: Word → | PDF →
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January 25, 2006

Professional Development Workshop at WKU

On Saturday, February 25, 2006, the Department of Modern Languages at Western Kentucky University invites you to attend a professional development workshop for P12 world language teachers and interested postsecondary teachers.  The workshop topics will be "Developing Standards-Based Units of Study" and the new "LinguaFolio KY!" assessment tool.  The workshop presenters and facilitators are P12 participants in the Improving Educator Quality grant project sponsored by WKU during the past year, as well as Dr. Jacque Van Houten, KDE World Language Consultant, and members of the WKU Department of Modern Languages.  You will come away with useful information and instructional material that you can easily integrate into your classes.
The cost of the workshop is $15 to cover lunch and refreshments as well as workshop materials.  We can also provide some travel funding for those coming some distance to attend.  P12 teachers will earn six PD hours for attending this workshop. 
Download flyer and application: PDF →         Learn more »