The annual spring meeting took place at the Foreign Language Association of Maine annual conference on March 4th, 2016.
AATG Business Meeting, March 5, 2016
Present: Chris Gram - Carrabec HS; Suzanne Joy (retired); Melanie Kyer - York HS; Jessica Heath; Alison Adams - Mt. Ararat; Ingrid Merrill; Joe Garbowski - Bingham Katharina Kayser & Miriam Milke- Goethe Institut
Treasurer’s Report (Sue Joy):
2. Welcome from Ingrid - Agenda items
Organize the Tea at the Blaine House - early May? (See if Deb can help organize) approx 2 students per school?
Possibility for board certification in German (listed as “World Language” but currently only available for French and Spanish) - would be good to include it for us. Hundreds of hours of work, and a huge portfolio, but it is worthwhile because you learn so much and also get extra $ per year by certifying.
GAPP Exchange - Ingrid is working to take her first group on a GAPP program exchange-- they are considering opening it to schools that don’t even have German so it’s worth looking into.
Goethe Institute: announcement - end of Sept. beginning of Oct. would like to host career day in cooperation with the G-A business council and the consulate. Talking about how to apply for jobs in Germany, etc. It is encouraged to bring students to the G-I if you are considering a field trip to Boston. The math exhibit is now back there but will soon move to New York.
Advocacy and outreach: What schools have German that we are not contacting? Erskine has German but the teacher is older and doesn’t come to AATG. Thornton and many other schools have German but we need contacts with them.
Pinterest - Interest in a “Maine German Teachers” board?? Jessica and Melanie are interested and will look into how we can share links.
Idea for Fall: Need for collaboration but lack of funds for travel and PD. - Melanie recommends doing a TwitterChat, GoogleHangout or “Today’s Meet” on some evening in the fall as a collaborative meeting which wouldn’t require travel. Think of a theme and collect questions ahead of time so people can prepare their resources and then someone can serve as moderator for the questions that night.
- Need to affirm slate of officers: Ingrid Merrill- President; Melanie Kyer - VP/President Elect, Suzanne Joy -Treasurer, Jessica Heath -Secretary
- Date: Thursday, May 19th
- Time: 2:00- 3:30
- Guest Speaker: Matthew Burns (UMO & Cony Grad)
- Date: TBD
- Topic: TBD
- Location: TBD