We Teach Languages Episode 24: Advocacy, the Seal of Biliteracy, and Steps We Can All Take with Amanda Seewald

In episode 24, Caleb Howard interviews Amanda Seewald, a teacher, coach, and curriculum developer in New Jersey, about her experiences advocating for world languages and for her students, including how her advocacy work led to the signing of the Seal of Biliteracy into law in 2016.

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Show Notes

We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conversation started here, leave us a voicemail or send a text message to (629)888-3398. Or you can follow us on Twitter @weteachlang or use this contact form to send us an email.

Amanda Seewald is the owner and author of MARACAS Language Programs and Learning Kaleidoscope Educational Consulting.   MARACAS publishes innovative curriculum materials and music to enhance language instruction and learning. She has been teaching children, coaching educators, and developing curricula for 18 years and is a regular presenter at national, regional, and state conferences. As an advocate for language education, Amanda works with federal and state legislative offices to garner support for legislation and funding.  Amanda is the President of the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey and serves on the executive board of the Joint National Committee on Language.  She is the New Jersey State Representative for the National Network for Early Language Learning.  Most recently, Amanda joined the Board of Directors for the Pulsera Project.  Amanda is a speaker of Spanish, French, and Japanese.

You can find Amanda Seewald online…

www.maracas123.com

https://www.facebook.com/learningkaleidoscope

@maracas123

Resources on language advocacy

…Information on the Seal of Biliteracy

JNCL-NCLIS

ACTFL

Lead with Langauges

 

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We Teach Languages Episode 20: Language Supervision and Creating Professional Development Opportunities with Noemi Rodriguez

In episode 20, Caleb Howard interviews Noemi Rodriguez, a language supervisor in New Jersey, about the trends and challenges she has observed both in her position as supervisor and in her work as a language teacher. Noemi also discusses her passion and process for creating professional development opportunities for language teachers.

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Show Notes

We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conversation started here, leave us a voicemail or send a text message to (629)888-3398. Or you can follow us on Twitter @weteachlang or use this contact form to send us an email.

You can find Noemi Rodriguez online…

srtanrodriguez.wordpress.com

…on Twitter: @SrtaNRodriguez

…on Pinterest: SrtaNRodriguez

Resources

#langchat 

…EdCampWL: https://sites.google.com/view/edcampwl2017/home?authuser=1&scrlybrkr=9dcd7889

…WL Tech Institute: https://www.wltechinstitute.com/

…Flipgrid: https://info.flipgrid.com/

 

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We Teach Languages Episode 13: Teacher of the Year, Culture, and Technology with Noah Geisel

In episode 13 of We Teach Languages, Stacey asks Noah about his experience as the 2013 ACTFL Teacher of the Year. Noah also shares resources and ideas for two of his favorite topics in language education: culture and technology.

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Show Notes

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Scholars and resources mentioned on the show:

You can find Noah Geisel online…

…on Twitter @SenorG

…on Medium @SenorG

… by text or voicemail (740) 4se-norG

Here’s the official announcement of Noah’s 2013 Teacher of the Year honor

Noah also mentioned a few language teachers who put their work out for people to see…

http://www.brycehedstrom.com/

http://www.benslavic.com/index.html

http://zachary-jones.com/zambombazo/

…Senora Sexton’s blog http://www.pblinthetl.com/

Resources Noah mentioned…

…Noah’s own artistas en espanol list

…hashtag on Twitter #autres

…Noah’s Google doc of culture activities

Slack

…weekly chat on Twitter #badgechat

…Recent conference Noah organized #badgesummit

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