Communication and Collaboration

VISION
Bridging communication and fostering collaboration among teachers of language learners

MISSION
Create a comprehensive network of support for aspiring and practicing P-20 teachers to ensure a quality and equitable education for language learners

Stakeholders:
Teachers of language learners, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, public schools, private schools, charter schools, US Department of Education, Arizona Department of Education, industry, nonprofit organizations, administrators, college faculty, K-12 teachers, instructional assistants, students

Considerations/Challenges:
  • identifying lead roles, funneling communication and collaboration
    • What the roles are is already determined; how the role is carried out requires creativity and flexibility
  • establishing an advisory board
    • Who is based on team's contacts, which may be limiting and/or exclude potential key players
  • creating preservice educational and inservice professional development plans that articulate well with local educational agencies and university partners
  • coordinating schedules for real time (virtual and/or face-to-face) meetings
    • Who:
      • Core Team for coordination of project components
      • Public school partners for coordination of field experiences and professional development - administrators, teachers, instructional assistants, students
      • College for project support and faculty professional development - administration, department chairs, faculty, students
      • Universities for course articulation - Colleges of Education, articulation specialists
    • What:
      • Strategic planning (core team, advisory board)
      • Meet and greet (all)
      • Articulation (college, universities)
      • Preservice education (college, school partners)
      • Professional development (college, school partners)
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