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Oregon State University College of Education professor, Kathryn Ciechanowski was interviewed by OPB about bilingual education and the interview aired this morning. Here’s a short excerpt:
Oregon has 70 schools with dual-language programs, with more on the way. Demand is booming for two reasons: research shows that dual-language programs work better for foreign-language speaking students than English-only programs.
But Esperanza de le Vega, the coordinator of Portland State University’s bilingual teacher pathway program, says there’s another big driver. “There is an educated population of sometimes bilingual, sometimes monolingual parents, who want this for their children. I think it’s great, because we have more allies,” she says.
But as programs mulitply and expand into middle and high schools, it gets harder for districts to find teachers who are both qualified in the necessary subject area, and who have the language ability.
Oregon State University language professor, Kathryn Ciechanowski, says school districts pursue candidates who are still in college.
“Our bilingual candidates are very often offered jobs before they even finish their programs,” she says, and adds, “we often advise students to think carefully about what they would like to have in their teaching positions, because there typically will be multiple districts trying to hire them — because of the need for bilingual educators.”
Read more on the OPB website: http://www.opb.org/news/article/bilingual-education/
INTO OSU is seeking educators at all levels as “Community Partners” for 30 Mexican teachers coming for English Teacher Training at INTO OSU, July 16-Aug. 14. Meet with a teacher for a couple of hours each week of their stay, at times and places you choose together, for conversation, a walk, coffee, a snack.
You can also show our community spirit by hosting for a half day on July 20, a visit to your home and a meal. It’s all very flexible – whatever you might be doing anyway on a summer Sunday in Corvallis or nearby.
Contact Kathleen Rochester, INTO OSU Special Programs Coordinator at 541-737-5678, or kathleen.rochester[at]oregonstate[dot]edu.
The College of Education is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event with the OSU Pride Center. Come listen to a Pride Panel of LGBTQ students, teachers, and faculty discuss their experiences in the K-12 educational system.
Our goal in partnering on this event is to discuss gender and sexual identity issues in education from both a student and teacher perspective. This is part of our professional development efforts, and we hope everyone leaves with some new resources/ideas for continued professional development.
For more on this topic, please check out this blog post from Teaching Tolerance, who posted an anonymous blog entry from a gay elementary school teacher: The Classroom Closet . He is responding to a district’s screening of the Teaching Tolerance movie Bullied. (We do have a copy in the College of Education if you want to see it.) The blog entry is a moving read with several personal stories in the comments from readers.
For further reading, you can also view these links, courtesy of Teaching Tolerance:
The Classroom Closet: A Pride Panel on Queerness & Education
When: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time: 5:00pm until 6:30pm
Where: Furman Hall Atrium (4th Floor)