Professional Development Information

The Professional Development Information section of the World Language Education Newsletter contains descriptions of upcoming:
  • conferences,
  • institutes,
  • meetings,
  • online courses, and
  • workshops
that are designed for World Language educators and are being offered by various groups and organizations.

Note: The inclusion of any offering on this list does not constitute endorsement or verification by the NCDPI.

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Free NCDPI Online Courses (Instructor-led and Self-paced)

NCDPI's Educator Effectiveness will offer several instructor–facilitated online courses this semester, and there are always self-paced courses available. These courses provide high-quality professional development and combine the flexibility of working from anywhere, at any time. They are a great opportunity to learn and grow your professional skills and earn some CEU credits.
These courses are available at no cost to North Carolina educators and, if instructor-led, will be facilitated by DPI professionals. The courses are completed entirely online. Participants are expected to meet all weekly deadlines in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given. Registration for these courses is through the NCEES online PD system. For a description of the courses and associated CEUs, and on information on how to register, visit the website https://rt3nc.org/


Contact Dr. Geetanjali Soni at Geetanjali.soni@dpi.nc.gov if you have any questions.


Free MOOC-Eds Online Courses from NC State for Educators (Registration open and ongoing)

The Friday Institute at NC State is offering MOOC-Ed courses, which are free and available to learners any time, anywhere. Every course offers a Certificate of Completion, and North Carolina educators may request a Certificate of Renewal Credit upon completion. Additionally, all of our MOOC-Eds now award micro-credentials, which recognize competency-based achievements. Micro-credentials are accepted for licensure renewal in North Carolina and can be submitted to local credit-granting agencies for approval in other states. There are a lot of courses to choose from, and the list, along with other details and online registration, is available at https://place.fi.ncsu.edu/.

September

September 20 NCDPI Learning through Languages (LtL) Informational Webinar @ 4 - 5 p.m.


Join DPI and UNC Global Area Studies on Thursday, September 20 for a webinar to learn more about the Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium. In this research competition, NC world language high school students have the opportunity to showcase their language, research, and presentation skills in a scholarly environment. Participation in the symposium is free and teams are selected to participate via application process.

Eligible students include those who study Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. Participating students are encouraged to be at Level III or higher, or heritage speakers. Student teams will choose a topic relevant to six research tracks with regional focuses: Contemporary Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, or Russia & East Europe. Teams will write a research paper and present it at the symposium in their respective language.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in world language learning beyond the classroom. The program is designed to promote student learning in the areas of research methodology, technology literacy, and critical thinking and to encourage the learning of new academic vocabulary. Join program staff and NC DPI World Languages for an informational webinar on September 20 to learn more about program goals, logistics, awards, and more.

The symposium will take place Wednesday, December 12. For more information, please visit http://areastudies.unc.edu/ltl/, read answers to frequently asked questions, or watch the posted video about the program.
Informational webinar: September 20
Application deadline: September 28
Notification of acceptance: October 5


Those who participate in the live broadcast of the webinar can earn 1 contact hour towards a CEU. Note: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or districts and charter schools must approve professional development offerings.

Please submit the registration form at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6108882599243609601 to receive the connection link to participate.


September 22 Undergraduate Conference on Languages and Cultures

The Undergraduate Conference on Languages and Cultures at Elon University (UCLC@Elon) will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018. This conference will examine perspectives on world languages and cultures and will offer a variety of opportunities: 50-minute panels, a plenary address, a professionalization round table discussion, and a poster session.

The Conference Coordinator is Prof. Patti Burns, and she can be reached at UCLC@elon.edu for questions. The UCLC@Elon website is at
https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/world-languages-cultures/undergraduate-conference-on-languages-cultures/.


September 24 NCDPI Overview of LinguaFolio Webinar @ 4 - 5 p.m.

This session will provide an overview of LinguaFolio, the formative assessment tool for language learners in ESL and World Language programs, K-20. Information will also be shared about LinguaFolio resources and the LinguaFolio Online (LFO) for NC pilot in 2018-2019. Those who participate in the live broadcast of the webinar can earn 1 contact hour towards a CEU. Note: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or districts and charter schools must approve professional development offerings.

Please submit the registration form at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3651179441764131842 to receive the connection link to participate.

Note: This broadcast has been moved from its original date of September 13 due to Hurricane Florence. Those who had already registered have been sent an electronic update.


September 26 NCDPI World Language Quarterly Update Webinar @ 4 - 5 p.m.

This is the first NCDPI World Language Quarterly Update webinar, and it will be broadcast on Wednesday, September 26, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern, as part of the 2018 - 2019 World Language Webinar Series. All K - 20 World Language administrators, teachers and instructors are welcome, and every school is encouraged to have at least one World Language educator attend these webinars so that information can be shared locally. All materials from each webinar (PowerPoint slides, PDF of slides, handouts, hyperlinks, etc.) and a recording of the broadcast will be posted approximately 1 week following the webinar.

Those who participate in the live broadcast of this webinar can earn 1 contact hour towards a CEU for licensure renewal, which will be sent in an email receipt. Note: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or districts and charter schools must approve professional development offerings.

The DPI World Language Quarterly Updates will include:
  • information relevant to all World Language programs;
  • details for specific programs (ex. Classical Languages, Dual & Heritage, Modern Languages);
  • updates on international, national, regional, and state initiatives; and
  • information to be shared with World Language teachers on topics such as
    assessing proficiency, course codes, evaluating performance and programs, implementing the World Language Essential Standards, etc.

Also, each broadcast will have an invited speaker or group to spotlight a World Language resource or opportunity.

To register for this webinar, please submit the registration form: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4641973558705698307. The GoToWebinar system will automatically send connection information and reminders.


September 29 NCTAN Seminar: How to Prepare Students for a Study Tour to Japan

The North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN), as part of the 2018-19 NCTAN Seminars, will hold the How to Prepare Students for a Study Tour to Japan seminar on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and online via webinar. The session will discuss how to prepare students for a school trip to Japan. A travel agent in North Carolina will also join us to answer your questions on travel arrangements.

The NCTAN Seminars are funded for up to 25 K-12 in-service teachers. Please see the NCTAN website at http://nctan.org/for details, including the online registration form. Questions can be directed to Dr. Yoko Kano, NCTAN Director, at kanoy@uncw.edu .


September 29 Humanities in Class Symposium: Sugar Mill, Sea, Society in Caribbean History

The National Humanities Center is hosting a one-day symposium for educators on Saturday, September 29, from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm at their location at 7 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC. The symposium explores the complex landscape of the Transatlantic Slave Trade through archival investigations. Featuring source documents and artifacts from the National Archives of the United Kingdom, participants will learn hands-on strategies for unpacking the layers of this global system. Geography will be used as the organizing theme for each investigation, making the workshop accessible and transferable to any grade level or classroom setting. Registration is $15 and includes all sessions and lunch. Please see the website for this event for details: https://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/sugar-mill-sea-society-caribbean-history/



October



October 15 - 17 FLANC Pre-Conference Webinars

The Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) will host pre-conference webinars on the evenings of Monday, October 15 - Wednesday, October 17 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Please see the Conference Webinars page (http://www.flanc.org/2018-fall-conference/2018-conference-webinars) on the FLANC website for details.

October 17 - 18 World View K-12 Global Education Symposium

World View at UNC Chapel Hill will be hosting the 2018 K-12 Global Education Symposium on October 17 - 18, 2018, at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. This day-and-a-half program explores significant global issues, offers best practices and resources in global education and provides educators an opportunity to develop a global action plan for their classroom, school or system. This program is designed to meet the global education needs of K-12 classroom teachers of all disciplines, administrators, media coordinators, other school professionals, central office and all educators seeking the Global Educator Digital Badge. The cost is $175 per person or $600 for a team of four, and 1.5 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of program study guide. More information, including online registration, can be found here: https://worldview.unc.edu/programs/2018-k12-symposium/

October 19 - 20 FLANC Fall Conference

The Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Fall Conference will be on Friday - Saturday, October 19 - 20, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, NC. The theme of the conference is "Who's Your PFF?" (Professional Friend Forever) and there will be a variety of sessions and workshops. Registration and additional details are available on the FLANC Fall Conference webpage: http://www.flanc.org/2018-fall-conference.
Note: The Early Bird discounted registration rate of $120 has been extended to October 2 due to Hurricane Florence. After that date, conference registration will be $180.


October 24 NCDPI World Language Standards K-12 Program Showcase Webinar @ 4 - 5 p.m.

This is the first NCDPI World Language Essential Standards K-12 Program Showcase webinar, and it will be broadcast on Wednesday, October 24, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern, as part of the 2018 - 2019 World Language Webinar Series. All K - 20 World Language administrators, teachers and instructors are welcome, and every school is encouraged to have at least one World Language educator attend these webinars so that information can be shared locally. All materials from each webinar (PowerPoint slides, PDF of slides, handouts, hyperlinks, etc.) and a recording of the broadcast will be posted approximately 1 week following the webinar.

Those who participate in the live broadcast of this webinar can earn 1 contact hour towards a CEU for licensure renewal, which will be sent in an email receipt. Note: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or districts and charter schools must approve professional development offerings.

The World Language Essential Standards K-12 Program Showcase Series will have a session featuring each language program in the standards (Classical, Dual & Heritage, and Modern) where programs from various districts and charter schools will be showcased for how they established, maintain and/or expand their K – 12 sequence(s).

To register for this webinar, please submit the registration form: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1775646800652501763. The GoToWebinar system will automatically send connection information and reminders.



November

November 13 - 15 NADSFL Annual Meeting

The National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL) Annual Meeting will be held on November 13 - 15, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana, just before the ACTFL Convention. Please see the webpage at http://nadsfl.org/annual-conference/ for details.


November 14 - 15 World View Community College Symposium

World View at UNC Chapel Hill will be hosting the 2018 Community College Symposium on November 14 - 15, 2018, at The Friday Conference Center in Chapel Hill, NC. This symposium will bring community college educators together with business and academic leaders to learn about the future of work within the context of the global economy. Through engaging in interactive breakout sessions, educators will gain knowledge and skills on how to incorporate global teaching and learning that will prepare students to thrive in a global workforce post-graduation. This program is designed for community college instructors of all disciplines, as well as administrators and staff. The cost is $175 per person or $600 for a team of four, and 15 professional development contact hours will be offered. More information, including online registration, is available here: https://worldview.unc.edu/programs/2018-cc-symposium/

November 16 - 18 ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo will be held on November 16 - 18, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please see the conference webpage at https://www.actfl.org/convention-expofor details about registration, housing, etc.

November 28 NCDPI World Language Quarterly Update Webinar @ 4 - 5 p.m.

This is the second NCDPI World Language Quarterly Update webinar, and it will be broadcast on Wednesday, November 28, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern, as part of the 2018 - 2019 World Language Webinar Series. All K - 20 World Language administrators, teachers and instructors are welcome, and every school is encouraged to have at least one World Language educator attend these webinars so that information can be shared locally. All materials from each webinar (PowerPoint slides, PDF of slides, handouts, hyperlinks, etc.) and a recording of the broadcast will be posted approximately 1 week following the webinar.

Those who participate in the live broadcast of this webinar can earn 1 contact hour towards a CEU for licensure renewal, which will be sent in an email receipt. Note: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or districts and charter schools must approve professional development offerings.

The DPI World Language Quarterly Updates will include:
  • information relevant to all World Language programs;
  • details for specific programs (ex. Classical Languages, Dual & Heritage, Modern Languages);
  • updates on international, national, regional, and state initiatives; and
  • information to be shared with World Language teachers on topics such as
    assessing proficiency, course codes, evaluating performance and programs, implementing the World Language Essential Standards, etc.

Also, each broadcast will have an invited speaker or group to spotlight a World Language resource or opportunity.

To register for this webinar, please submit the registration form: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4039812821614820611. The GoToWebinar system will automatically send connection information and reminders.


December


December 5 NCDPI Measuring World Language Proficiency (Credentialing) Webinar @ 4 - 5 p.m.

This is the first NCDPI Measuring World Language Proficiency webinar, and it will be broadcast on Wednesday, December 5, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern, as part of the 2018 - 2019 World Language Webinar Series. All K - 20 World Language administrators, teachers and instructors are welcome, and every school is encouraged to have at least one World Language educator attend these webinars so that information can be shared locally. All materials from each webinar (PowerPoint slides, PDF of slides, handouts, hyperlinks, etc.) and a recording of the broadcast will be posted approximately 1 week following the webinar.

Those who participate in the live broadcast of this webinar can earn 1 contact hour towards a CEU for licensure renewal, which will be sent in an email receipt. Note: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or districts and charter schools must approve professional development offerings.

The Measuring World Language Proficiency Series will focus on how to use different assessment measures and data in the classroom to evaluate language proficiency, including formative and summative assessment, as well as credentialing like the Global Languages Endorsement, North Carolina’s Seal of Biliteracy.

To register for this webinar, please submit the registration form: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2228515848923899651. The GoToWebinar system will automatically send connection information and reminders.