The STARTALK Teacher Program, "Preparing Russian Teachers for the 21st Century", aims to enroll ten or more teachers who are currently teaching Russian in the community or who would like to work toward obtaining a P-12 World Language Endorsement in Russian for teaching Russian language in Washington K-12 public schools. The program is designed to teach them STARTALK best practices in language teaching and curriculum development, as well as the content knowledge needed to pass the Washington Educator Skills Test - Endorsement (WEST-E) for World Languages and the pedagogical experience that would prepare them for the Performance-Based Pedagogical Assessment (PPA) for those teachers for whom it is required for state endorsement, and to provide scholarship assistance to complete the required assessments (WEST-E and ACTFL OPI and WPT). This Teacher Program will prepare native (or near native) speakers of Russian to teach in a standards and content-based program, focused on developing communicative proficiency and accuracy in heritage speakers of Russian. A special focus on integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) into language instruction will prepare teachers to work effectively with today's students.
The program includes two intensive weeks of instruction and classroom observations and practicum experience working with students in the STARTALK Russian Student Program for teachers alone followed by one week of practicum experience working with students in the STARTALK Russian Student program and in the UW's Intensive Russian summer program. Teachers will have an opportunity to develop lesson plans and practice teaching during the Student Program over the summer or in their own community-based language programs. Total instructional hours will be 50 hours for the two-week Teacher Professional Development Workshop and practicum in the Student Program for which teachers will receive 5 credits for EDC&I 495 from the University of Washington College of Education.
Program available pending funding from STARTALK. Please register now if you are interested and we will follow up after the funding announcement in early 2013.
UW Summer Quarter Registration Fee for the Teacher Program: to be determined later (about $50)
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