The STARTALK Teacher Program, "Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century", aims to enroll teachers who are currently teaching Russian (6), Korean (2), Persian (2), and Portuguese (2) in the community or who would like to work toward obtaining a P-12 World Language Endorsement in Russian, Korean, Persian, and Portuguese correspondingly for teaching these languages 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 Pedagogy 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, Korean, Persian and Portuguese to teach in a standards and content-based program, focused on developing communicative proficiency and accuracy in heritage speakers of Russian, Korean. Persian and Portuguese. 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 and a half intensive weeks of instruction and classroom observations and practicum experience for the Russian teachers working with students in the STARTALK Russian Student program. Russian teachers will have an opportunity to develop lesson plans and practice teaching during the STARTALK Student Program over the summer or in their own community-based language programs. Korean, Persian and Portuguese in the UW intensive summer courses or in their own community-based language programs.
UW Summer Quarter Registration Fee for the Teacher Program: $44
Program Director: Anatoliy Klots
Teacher Program Lead Instructor: Dr. Bridget Yaden
Dr. Soohee Kim, Korean
Shahrzad Shams, Persian
Christina Zubelli, Portuguese
Dr. Svetlana Abramova, Russian