We Teach Languages Episode 64: Teachers’ Perspectives on the Seal of Biliteracy with Melanie Thomas and Pat DiPillo

In episode 64, Stacey continues with a three-part series on the Seal of Biliteracy in the US with Melanie Thomas and Pat DiPillo. Melanie and Pat decsribe how their own districts navigated the early stages of implementing the Seal and offer resources and advice.

Also see episodes 62 and 63 for more on the Seal of Biliteracy.

Or listen on iTunes!

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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.

Melanie Thomas received her MATL (Master of Arts in Teaching Language) from the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied SLA (second language acquisition) and became a firm believer in a communicative classroom.  She received her National Board Certification in 2006 based on evidence of teaching that used SLA principles as a firm foundation.  She successfully renewed that certification in 2016 where she relied on ACTFL’s revised Proficiency Guidelines in providing feedback to students in order to help students grow in their proficiency path. You can find Melanie on Twitter @senoraMThomas, on her blog, or by email here.

Pat DiPillo is a department chair in Falmouth, MA which is on Cape Cod. She is also a Fulbright Scholar, NBPTS Assesor, MaFLA Board of Directors, and an NCATE Reviewer, a position in which she can help ensure teacher are candidates prepared in proficiency methodology. You can reach Pat by email here.

Check out more info on the Seal of Biliteracy here!

If you want to know more about proficiency and performance (mentioned by Melanie)…
…Check out ACTFL’s performance descriptors and accompanying materials

…Or listen to episode 23 with Paul Sandrock for a great, concise description of the topic!

ACTFL’s Core Practices (mentioned by Pat, but this great post is by World Language Classroom).

MaFLA resources including the proficiency academy! (mentioned by Pat)

 

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We Teach Languages Episode 63: An Introduction to the Seal of Biliteracy with Linda Egnatz

In episode 63, Stacey continues with a three-part series on the Seal of Biliteracy in the US with an interview with Linda Egnatz. Linda describes how Illinois became the third state to pass the Seal of Biliteracy as well as her vision for the future of the Seal.

 

Or listen on iTunes!

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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 follow Linda Egnatz on Twitter @miprofeAP or on her blog.

Check out more info on the Seal of Biliteracy here!

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We Teach Languages Episode 62: A Throwback on Advocacy and the Seal of Biliteracy with Caleb Howard and Amanda Seewald

In episode 62, Stacey kicks off a three-part series on the Seal of Biliteracy in the US by looking back at an episode from 2017 in which Caleb Howard interviewed Amanda Seewald about advocacy and the Seal of Biliteracy in the state of New Jersey. Check out the show notes for links to the full episode as well as useful resources related to the Seal of Biliteracy.

 

Or listen on iTunes!

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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 originally appeared on episode 24

Check out more info on the Seal of Biliteracy here!

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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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