World Languages Update

February 19, 2016

Taking Care of Business: Mid-Year Checks for EE

If you haven't already, you may be coming up on your mid-year interval check in with your evaluator. This is an opportunity to discuss your SLO and PPG progress. The mid-year is also a great time to reflect and link in relevant artifacts to your Educator Effectiveness Artifact Collector. Some are using a Google Doc to collect artifacts, while others have their artifact collector in a Google Spreadsheet. Whichever method you use, you want to make sure you don't delay in linking the artifacts, as this saves time from cramming in April and early May!

It's good to build in time for this maybe once a month during PLC time with colleagues, so you can think about the things you have done together, e.g., ASW, planning common assessments, professional learning, etc. You can write your rationales on your own.

The document link below may prove useful to you as you think reflect and consider where some of those could artifacts fit, meaning which Danielson Domain and Component(s). Remember that some of those high-leverage artifacts can belong to multiple components, so long as you provide a thorough rationale. Think: Gradual Release Lessons, Coaching Cycle documentation, co-planning units of study and lessons. Contact me and/or your building Effectiveness Coach if you'd like to tackle some of this work together.

Guiding Questions for your Artifact Rationales

  1. What is it (the artifact)?

  2. How do you use it?

  3. How does this relate to Danielson’s Framework?

Still haven't scheduled your cross-district peer observation?

Some Level 1 teachers expressed interest in visiting a course-alike's classroom across sites. As we get deeper in to 2nd semester, please don't forget this opportunity exists. If/when you do set something up with me, you may find it helpful to take along a tool to help you capture what you see.

I've found the TELL Project Framework to be a fantastic GO-TO resource when considering Educator Effectiveness in World Languages because it is designed just for us. There are self-assessments for reflection, and there are ways to gauge what defines a model World Language educator.

Click on the 2 resources below for more information!

365 World Language Champions, Educators and Resources

"Getting Smart is acknowledging people and organizations making a difference with the 3rd Annual Smart Lists. In a previous Smart Lists, we listed language learning resources. Tom has also written about flipped foreign language and how innovations in language learning are spanning the globe in our white paper with Rosetta Stone and our Smart Planet series. The following list delves deeper into examples of schools, districts, and leading voices around the country re-imagining language learning, including the rapid growth of dual language immersion, at a time when bilingual teachers are in short supply, the demographics of public education are changing, and dual language immersion is seen as a strategy to address education inequality."

To View the Fabulous List Unfold: