Information and Registration
The summer institutes are co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and College of Liberal Arts. Many institutes are offered for graduate-level credit for an additional cost.
CARLA was invited to participate in an exciting year-long project designed to enhance and develop critical consciousness in dual language bilingual education (DLBE) in the U.S. Midwest. Funded by the Spencer Foundation, the project is coordinated by Drs. Lisa Dorner (University of Missouri-Columbia), Trish Morita-Mullaney (Purdue University), Deborah Palmer (University of Colorado-Boulder), and Amy Young (Minnesota Department of Education) with additional support from the Cambio Center andCARLA.
The project has three main goals:
Critical Consciousness in DLBE Webinar Series
DLBE educators in the Midwest are invited to attend a series of four webinars that will examine ways to develop more equitable programs and enhance educational opportunities for their students. These webinars will develop an understanding of DLBE challenges and opportunities across midwestern DLBE programs and will provide a foundation for a community of practice dedicated to building antiracist, equitable DLBE programs across the region.
The webinars are organized around four actions that enhance critical consciousness:
All webinars will take place on Zoom from 4–5:30 p.m. (Central Time).
Language Program Direction
CARLA’s Language Program Direction project is focused on developing resources to equip new and aspiring postsecondary language program directors (LPDs) with the knowledge and skills necessary to support their daily work. The job of the LPD typically requires a wide range of knowledge and skills related to curriculum design, assessment, program evaluation, materials development, teacher supervision and professionalization, scheduling, and troubleshooting. Many LPDs are also active scholars and serve as mentors to graduate students.
Language Program Direction Interactive Modules
To support the complex work of LPDs, a team of experts is creating a series of five online learning modules, each addressing a different topic related to directing lower-level language programs in postsecondary language departments:
Because they are responsible for demonstrating program quality, LPDs must be able to assess students’ learning outcomes – what they know and can do after participating in their language program. The new interactive module on Language Program Evaluation and Improvement takes a close look at the many factors that contribute to learning outcomes, from students’ prior experience, motivation, and effort, to curricular design, teachers’ knowledge and skills, course materials, and program management.
Each academic year, CARLA offers a series of free presentations on research taking place at the University of Minnesota along with invited presentations on topics that are of vital importance in the field. One more presentation will be offered this spring. Click on the link below to learn more and register for the Zoom link to attend the presentation:
The Effects of Guided Strategic Planning on Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Heritage Speakers’ Written Complexity, Accuracy, and FluencyThursday, March 31, 2022
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Presenter: Vivian H. Franco Díaz
CARLA Presentation Recordings
Many of the CARLA presentations are recorded and then added to the CARLA Presentation Recordings webpage and the CARLA YouTube Channel. Click on the titles to watch a recording of any presentation that you missed:
Educating, Engaging, and Empowering DLI Parents and Families: Materials and Resources for Families and Parent EducatorsPresenters: Maureen Curran-Dorsano and Diane Tedick
Acquisition of Discourse Markers and Fillers in L2 Spanish and Their Usage in Spontaneous ConversationPresenters: Yoko Hama and James Ramsburg
Harm and Hope: Reflexive Conflicts and Transformations in White Pre-Service Teachers’ Developing Critical Cultural AwarenessPresenters: Amanda Swearingen and Samuel David
Creating Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers of Less Commonly Taught Languages: Case Study of a Tamil Community SchoolPresenters: Anuradha Gopalakrishnan and Siva Mariyappan
Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones: Chinese Teachers’ Perspectives and Integration of Social Justice in TeachingPresenter: Kaishan Kong
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