World Language Standards Revision: Charting a Course for Standards Revision
Eighteen participants from around the state met as the World Language Standards Advisory Council June 4-5 in Lincoln to determine the priorities of world language learning and the course of standards revision.
Participants were asked to define their “essential ingredients” for the world language standards. Groups responded that standards should address effective and culturally appropriate communication, global competency, a growth mindset, and a focus on the application of skills to a variety of settings. The gathering reviewed policies from other states and agencies not specific to language study. Using this information, each small group refined their contributing essential ingredients until a standard became evident. These ideas will go forward to the standards writing team to be used as the guideline for the world language standards.
In This Edition
- World Language Standards Revision: Charting a Course for Standards Revision
- From Past to Present
- Binational Brings Migrant Educators to Nebraska
- Chinese is Lingua Franca at UNL STARTALK
- Hispanic Heritage Month Speakers Available
- Cultural Encounter Kits
- World Language Societies and Clubs
- Where to Start: Resources for 2018-2019
Charlamos: From Past to Present
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Binational Brings Migrant Educators to Nebraska
This summer, thirteen Mexican teachers traveled to Nebraska to teach in migrant education programs at ESU 1, ESU 7, ESU 9 Head Start, ESU 13, OPS, and Madison Public Schools. Students engaged in reading, writing, and artistic expression focused on Mexican culture and history as well as the Spanish language. Educators shared their experiences at a Binational Reception at the State Capitol on June 18. Mexican Consul Guadalupe Sanchez Salazar and Dr. Lazaro Spindola, Executive Director of the Latino American Commission of Nebraska, acknowledged the teachers for their dedication and professionalism.
The Nebraska Department of Education works with the Secretary of Public Education in Mexico to sponsor teachers from Mexico to work with migrant education in Nebraska. The exchange is part of a larger federal program, the Binational Migrant Education Initiative organized under authority of the US Department of Education. The purpose of the program is to support the education of children who qualify as migrants in the U.S. This year, Nebraska ranked first for the number of qualifying moves of migrant children. Texas and California ranked second and third.
Chinese is Lingua Franca at UNL STARTALK
UNL was the site of the STARTALK Chinese Language, Culture, and Technology Summer Academy again this year. Twenty Nebraska high school students with little to no prior Chinese experience lived in an immersion experience for fourteen days. The Academy also offers a professional development side for teachers who attend from China and throughout the U.S. Fifteen teachers arrived for the ten-day institute to focus on second language acquisition pedagogy. Students and teachers alike cite the experience as a special experience that allows them to make tremendous gains in a short period of time. Dr. Sherri Hurlbut and Dr. Ali Moeller, President of the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages, organize this annual event.
Hispanic Heritage Month Speakers Available
Humanities Nebraska is offering several speaker events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15. Speakers will travel to the site. Each educational institution or youth organization must provide adult supervision before, during, and after the program, incorporate the program as part of teaching or a development mission, prepare participants before and follow up after the program. The educational institution may not charge for the program. If interested in hosting a speaker, the institution will pay a $50 processing fee. There is a $100 processing fee for a second program. Schools with a free/reduced lunch population greater than 50% do have discounted processing fees.
This year’s speaker topics are Nebraska’s Mexican-American Legacy, Storytelling and the Hispanic Oral Tradition, Andean Folk Music and Cultures of South America, and Latinos: Searching for the Good Life in Nebraska. More information about the topics can be found here: http://humanitiesnebraska.org/speakers/topic-tracts/topics-for-hispanic-american-history-month.html
Cultural Encounter Kits
Humanities Nebraska offers encounter kits that include videos, CDs, books, clothing, cultural items, and curriculum materials to public or private schools in Nebraska. Reserve kits for up to three weeks. Humanities Nebraska pays for UPS ground shipping to and from your school. Cultural Encounter Kits are targeted to youth grades 4-8. Topics include “A Treasured Heritage: Mexican Americans in Nebraska” and “Home in the Heartland: Nebraska Sudanese Cultures” among others. For more information, go to: http://humanitiesnebraska.org/programs/resources.html
World Language Societies and Clubs
Alliance Française d’Omaha:
Articles, events, classes, and community activities for French and Francophones.
German-American Society of Nebraska
Activities, clubs, community events, language classes, and student exchange.
Japan America Society of Iowa
Community events, presentations, language school
Asian Community and Cultural Center
Community events, English language support, presentations
Where to Start: Resources for 2018-2019
Target Field Trip Grants
Target Foundation offers field trip grants of up to $700 for K-12 schools nationwide. Consider a trip to Joslyn, the Lied, or another performance venue for an artistic exposition of the target culture. https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/community/philanthropy/field-trip-grants
Shopko Foundation Community Grants
Shopko Foundation offers grants of up to $2,500 for K-12 private and public schools within 25 miles of a Shopko location. https://www.shopko.com/content.jsp?pageName=Education
Monsanto Fund Education Grants
Monsanto benefits programs in K-12 education. Although the program is primarily for STEM focused programs, Monsanto will consider other content areas. Consider using world language as it applies to agricultural vocabulary, technical training, or biological research. https://www.monsantofund.org/grant/2016/7/1/education
Teacher Created Materials Classroom Supplies
Win up to $250 in teaching supplies for your classroom from Teacher Created Materials. https://www.weareteachers.com/contest/back-to-school-shopping-spree/
Dremel DigiLab 3D Printer Giveaway
WeAreTeachers and Dremel are giving away a 3D printer. Imagine creating your own “authentic resources”. https://www.weareteachers.com/contest/win-a-3d-printer/
Vista Higher Learning
Celebrate world language learning with Spanish, French, German, and Italian posters to download. https://www.weareteachers.com/free-posters-quotes-about-language-learning/
Language Learning By The Numbers
Middlebury Interactive Languages offers three posters detailing world language studies in the U.S. and abroad. https://www.weareteachers.com/posters-language-learning-by-the-numbers/
Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius
Omaha Children’s Museum
May 26-August 19
Color and Contour: Provencal Quilts and Domestic Objects
Lois Gottsch Gallery
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
June 15-October 28
Nebraska Asian Festival
Lewis and Clark Landing
Middle East Forum
CEC OPPD Community Dialogue Room
September 20 and October 18
Chinese Warriors of Peking
Ballet Folklórico de México
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