Note: I originally wrote this post about World Language professional development opportunities in March 2020, but I’ll be updating it annually as new information and PD opportunities come out.
Although it’s hard to talk about a silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic, one positive aspect may be expanded virtual professional development opportunities this summer. In 2022 about half of the conferences are scheduled to be back in person, but lots are still online, so they are available no matter where you are located. While online PD is not the same as in-person PD, it IS a lot cheaper!
Here is a list of World Language professional development opportunities that are happening in summer 2022.
ACTFL webinars The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages offers some webinars for free. Many of them specifically relate to teaching online, and recordings of past webinars are also available.
Fluency Matters International Forum on Language Teaching (IFLT) – In Michigan in 2022 in collaboration with MittenCI, teachers focus on Acquisition Driven Instruction (ADI) and observe master teachers in learning labs within leveled cohorts based on their previous experience with ADI.
VOCES CI-Savvy This online textbook series hosts numerous free webinars for World Language teachers and the past ones are all available to watch at any time!
National TPRS Conference – July 18-21, 2022 in Washington State. This is an in-person conference! Participants choose a beginner or non-beginner track workshop for the first three days, and the remaining conference days host general presentations.
World Language Summer Seminar – The Socially Just World Language Classroom – July 15-20th, 2022 A number of seminars for world language teachers, some language-specific, some related to DLI or Project Based Language Learning.
Didactas Conferencia ELE Although it doesn’t look like there is a conference this year, there are shorter virtual trainings in Spanish and English for language teachers.
Comprehensible Iowa Conference – There aren’t many details available yet, but it will be held on June 11, 2022 and is very reasonably priced.
World Language Proficiency Project –Note: on hiatus for summer 2022. It had multiple week-long trainings in 2021 focusing on teaching with Comprehensible Input techniques. Cost is $320 and they are for teachers of any languages with a focus on teaching information & opinion and description & narration.
The Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR) –Note: Details not yet available for 2022. Through Georgia State University, CULTR offers five different virtual workshops in June and July 2021. Topics include technology and scaffolding interpersonal communication.
CARLA If you’ve never been able to travel to Minnesota for these summer institutes, now is your chance to participate online. There are many interesting topics for any language and all levels.
Heritage Language, Dual Language and Immersion
Empowered Educators This is an asynchronous course that I’ve created for secondary Spanish teachers who teacher heritage speakers or dual language immersion classes. It’s aimed at giving new(er) teachers the knowledge base and lesson ideas to get a confident start. It’s available at any time to work through at your own pace.
CARLA This summer there is both a heritage language institute and a secondary immersion institute that I’ve attended and can vouch for as being great!
Bilingual Educator Virtual Summit Note: It’s unclear if this will be happening in 2022. July 26-30, 2021 This summit is totally FREE with the option to upgrade to a VIP pass (affiliate link). I’ll be presenting about field trips and special events, and there will be presentations aimed at pre-K to high school teachers with over 30 presentations total on translanguaging, tech, literacy and inclusive language.
University of Whitewater Courses offered this summer : Language Ideologies in the Spanish Heritage Language Classroom, Afro-centric Spanish Heritage Language Teachings, Bilingual/biliteracy teaching methods, Critical Approaches to HLE (virtual)
Virtual Heritage Teacher Workshop Experienced teachers and workshop leaders Adrienne Brandenburg and Mary Beth Johnson will lead a virtual workshop for teachers of Spanish for heritage speakers June 21-22 or July 28-29, 2022.
UTexas While it doesn’t look like there is a specific event this summer, event recordings from the past few years are available for free. This is especially helpful for college and university instructors.
COERLL at UTexas – In Austin June 23-24th, 2022 this year’s workshop is Fostering Inclusion and Critical Agency in SHL Education
Project GLAD and Dual Language– Dual Language Education of New Mexico (the hosts of La Cosecha) has their institute simultaneously in Albuquerque and virtually this year. Project GLAD teaches academic language and literacy and is a great technique for native and second language learning.
Center for Teaching for Biliteracy – Various multi-day online institutes on teaching for biliteracy and bridging between languages. There is one in June that focuses on middle and high school.
UCLA STARTALK/NHLRC Virtual Workshop – This week-long workshop for heritage language teachers happens June 21-25, 2021. The focus is on project-based learning and “on identifying and addressing the linguistic gaps in HL students’ language, differentiated teaching, and teaching mixed classes.” It is FREE!
STARTALK DLI Secondary Summer Institute for Teachers – Note: It’s unclear if this is happening again this summer. This online workshop July 6-14, 2021 is for DLI teachers of Arabic, Russian or Spanish and focuses on moving students from intermediate to advanced proficiency. It is FREE but you must complete an application with a letter of recommendation.
Fourth International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages– A two-day virtual conference in June with a focus on research.
Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project – The folks that brought you Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study have week-long virtual institutes this summer for teaching reading and writing. While not aimed at dual language teachers, there is even a session on teaching writing in high school that would be great for those in secondary DLI or heritage language teaching.
National Writing Project – The National Writing project has chapters based in universities all over the U.S. It helps teachers of ALL subjects, even math, incorporate writing into their curriculum and help their students become accomplished writers. Check your local site to see what PD is being offered this summer.
Social Studies and Global Citizenship
National Geographic Online Courses -Nat Geo has free courses that would be relevant to all teachers, like Storytelling for Impact in your Classroom: Photography. They also have an educator certification program–read about my experience becoming a Nat Geo certified educator.
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Summer Teacher Institute – This summer’s institute is in-person in Milwaukee July 11-13th. The topic this summer is Afro-descended communities of Spanish America.
World Savvy World Savvy is doing online professional development. Their sessions include Introduction to Global Competence, Leading for Global Competence, and Introduction to the UN Sustainable Development goals. They also have a series of Global Competence Micro-credentials to allow teachers to show mastery of a range of skills that promote global competence like simulations and global collaboration projects.
Solving Global Problems – The US State Department has developed this 4.5 hour course that you can take any time. It gives educators an understanding of problem-based learning and how to apply it to their classrooms and connect it with global competence.
Technology and Online Teaching
Learning Revolution Multiple sessions by teachers from around the world have been held in the past and the recordings are still available. Digital tools and global citizenship are common topics but there is a range of everything under the sun from e-portfolios to sustainability.
ISTELive22 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) will host their annual conference June 26-29, 2022 in New Orleans. If you want to incorporate more technology into your classes, this is the conference to attend!
International Association for Language Learning Technology – This conference is only every other year, but there are free webinars that happen periodically. In June 16-18th, 2021, this conference was free for IALLT members, virtual, and the theme was appropriate: Resilience, Transformation and Beyond!
If you have other online opportunities you want to share, add them in the comments below!