News

July 24, 2014

Today, the Teachers presented their lessons that they developed during teh program to our students. They each got to teach the same lesson several times and therefore had an aoportunity to improve their lessons in action.

July 23, 2014

The Teachers got to practice their lessons in front of each other today in preparation for the grande finalle of the program when they get to teach their lessons in the Student Program.

The Students designed and built model Mars rover and started working on their elective projects. This year, they had to chose beteen Linguistics, Historuy and Culture, and Lego Robotics.

July 22, 2014

Today, the students learned about Space Race and chose elective projects which they will start working on tomorrow. The participants of the Teacher Program observed Space Race lesson and our students at work.

July 21, 2014

First day of the Student Program and the students are hard at work already taking Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) test.

July 17, 2014

Today, the teachers observed RUSS 250 class at the Univeristy of Washington, taught by Professor Zaitseva. In the afternoon, they took the mock Washington Educator Skills Tests-Endorsement for World Languages (WEST-E), which measures the content knowledge required of candidates seeking a World Language endorsement to a Washington teaching certificate.

July 16, 2014

Full house in Denny 123! After discussing TELL and STELLA frameworks in class today, our Teachers welcomed their certified World Languages colleagues in TPEP(Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project) workshop "How to Score a Four on the State Eight" presented by Lynn Johnston.

July 15, 2014

The Teachers learned about performance-based assessment today. Michele Anciaux Aoki (World Languages Program Supervisor, OSPI, WA) talked about how to get a teaching certificate in WA State and Bridget Yaden (Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Language Resource Center Director at PLU) talked about TELL domains Collaboration and Professionalism.

July 14, 2014

Today, the Lead instructor of the STARTALK Student Program Svetlana Abramova shared her STEM lesson (Space Race) with the Teachers.

July 10, 2014

The highlight today was a trip to Museum of Flight where the Teachers got to experience the ALC and Challenger Learning Center.

July 10, 2014

It's day 2 and the program is in full swing! Today, the Teachers talked about backwards design for lesson planning and proficiency guidelines.

July 9, 2014

First day of the UW STARTALK Program Preparing Teachers for the 21 Century!

April 18, 2014

The UW STARTALK team organized an information session on Student and Teacher Programs. We were very pleased to have such a great turn-out!

March 4, 2014

Save the Date! We’ve just set dates for the three spring workshops on curriculum planning for teachers. Register at STARTALK Workshops.

February 22, 2014

The STARTALK team participated in the WAFLT Spring Regional Conference held at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Michele Anciaux Aoki presented a series of workshops on Introducing The Keys to Planning for Learning and Svetlana Abramova and Veronika Egorova shared their experience working on the Dual Immersion Curriculum for Seattle Public Schools. See Workshop Resources

February 18, 2014

The Language Learning Center at the University of Washington is proud to announce that they have received funding from the National Foreign Language Center under the STARTALK Program. The STARTALK Program is a Presidential Initiative that funds Summer Programs in critical languages seeking to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are now not widely taught in the US. For the fourth year in a row, the LLC will offer a Teacher and Student Program during the summer. This year we are expanding our Teacher Program and inviting teachers from Portuguese and Persian communities, in addition to Russian.

February 1, 2014

The STARTALK team attended USNA's February Teacher Training in STEM. The focus was on project-based learning and the skills required to build a SeaPerch and hands-on workshops on topics including organizing/creating a successful science fair, engineering design, applied math, energy and electricity, and robotics.

January 25, 2014

The STARTALK team in collaboration with a number of organizations at the UW and UW colleagues organized and held the Heritage Literacy Symposium. This was an interactive symposium designed to give practitioners from different languages a chance to share their experiences teaching heritage languages learners and also provide a great introduction to those who are just beginning to learn about the issues faced by heritage language learners.

Read reflections on UW Symposium by Larisa Shuvalova, who graduated from our 2011 Teacher Program.

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