K-16 Initiatives

Project Director: Beatrice Dupuy; Project Collaborators and Consultants: Sophie Renoult (Douglas High School, AZ), Sheilah Nicholas (UA), and Betul Czerkawski (UA South).
In collaboration with: CIUA, CMES, College of Education (COE), and the College of Humanities (COH) at the UA, and with the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency (CALPER), CASLS, and UA South.

CERCLL has had a professional development series since its inception in 2006; this project is a continuation of those endeavors—workshops and symposia that have been filled to capacity in recent years, and which meet the needs demonstrated by L2 educators and other professionals regionally and nationally who have responded to surveys distributed by CERCLL. K-16 Initiatives will (1) continue LaTeS (Language Teacher Symposium), one-day events held during the academic year at the University of Arizona for K-12 language teachers and featuring workshops led by acclaimed teachers (e.g. recipients of the Language Teacher of the Year Award), (2) host summer workshops and institutes for K-16 teachers, focusing on special topics such as “Maximizing Study Abroad in China” (led by Project Director Wenhao Diao), “Reading Globally” (led by Project Director Kathy Short), and “Multiliteracies” (led by several CERCLL project directors and beyond), (3) create multiple series of thematically-connected webinars on strategically selected topics—already scheduled webinar series include: a. “Implementing a shared course model for the less commonly taught languages” led by Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl (Director, Center for Language Study at Yale University), Stéphane Charitos (Director, Language Resource Center, Columbia University), and Dick Feldman (Director, Language Resource Center, Cornell University); b. featured talks on particular priority languages such as Chinese and Arabic, including model lessons taught in the target language; c. connected talks on integrating digital and media literacies, which will feature several CERCLL Project Directors; and (4) create professional learning community forums, which will also serve as focus groups for future K-16 Initiatives content.