Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 | 7 – 8p (est) – Online: Free Webinar
An insider’s guide to Fulbright for English Teachers
Hosted By: Dr. Brain Souders, Christina Crawford, Leah Ginty, Mike Schapiro
Did you know that UMBC has been named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution? If you’re interested in applying for a Fulbright U.S. Student award to teach English, conduct research, or pursue graduate studies overseas, join us for a conversation that will address questions you may have, such as: How do I decide which country and/or award type to apply for? What are the steps of the application process? What activities should I get involved with now to have a competitive application? What should I emphasize in my application essays? What are the grantee’s day to day responsibilities in their host country?
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Dr. Brian Souders has worked with hundreds of UMBC students on their applications for Fulbright and other prestigious scholarships. He has also served on the executive board of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, the professional organization of fellowship advisors. He attended two intensive Russian language study programs in Moscow, and worked for a year in Tallinn, Estonia as a research affiliate with the Estoniana Academy of Sciences under the auspices of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) graduate fellowship program.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 7 – 8p (est) – Online: Free Webinar
An Intimate Conversation with Public School ESOL Teachers at Different Stages of their Careers
Hosted By: Joanne Amaro, Tema Encarnacion, Bridget Simmons
Are you planning to teach in a public school?
If so, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear what it’s really like teaching in the field from three ESOL teachers at different stages of their careers.
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Friday, April 23, 2021 | Noon – 1p (est) – Online: Free Webinar
English in a Multilingual World
A conversation with Constant Leung and Francis Hult
Keep a eye out for more information for these upcoming events
- April 27th 7-8 pm Tips on taking the ESOL praxis exam
Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 | 7 – 8p (est) – Online: Free Webinar
An insider’s guide on preparing a competitive public school job application
Hosted By: Charlene Durant & Nylca Vandillen | Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Are you planning to work as a public-school teacher after graduation? If so, join us to learn more about what to expect when applying for a preK-12 teaching job and tips for how to prepare a strong application.
Charlene Durant is a graduate of Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She started her career as a secretary in AACPS then worked as an assistant in the human resources department. She has been a recruiter for various content areas in AACPS for the past six years. Her goal is to help individuals find their path and purpose. It brings her joy to connect candidates with their dream job.
Nylca Vandillen has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Organizational Management. She worked as a technical recruiter in the Silicon Valley for 15 years. She has worked in many roles in AACPS; she taught Spanish for seven years, worked with magnet students coordinating internship requirements, and now works in human resources as a recruiter.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 7 – 8p (est) – Online: Virtual Event hosted by the UMBC TESOL Club
Yoga and Massage
Hosted by Sara Clement
Sara will present techniques for self massage and gentle yoga-inspired stretches to help ease stress and relieve those common ailments that sneak up on us from inactivity. Specifically, she will address neck, back and shoulders, low back and hips, and hands and wrists.
No yoga mat required. Helpful to have a tennis ball, a medium to large bath towel, and a belt or yoga strap.
Sara Clement is a MA TESOL student and currently working as the department’s graduate research assistant part time. Among Sara’s many teaching experiences over the years, two include yoga and massage therapy. Hoping to graduate in the spring of 2022, Sara has the intention to take her family abroad and teach English as a foreign language for a bit before pursuing a Ph.D.
Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 4:30p – 5:30p (est) – Online: Free Webinar
Understanding and Using K-12 English Language Proficiency Assessments to Promote Beneficial Outcomes for English Learners
Ahyoung Alicia Kim | University of Wisconsin-Madison
English learners (ELs) comprise over 10% of the total K-12 population in the U.S. As part of the federal policy (Every Student Succeeds Act) to support ELs, they are assessed, identified, and placed in language instruction educational programs. Therefore, assessing ELs is an integral part of supporting ELs.
This talk focuses on WIDA ACCESS for ELLs (in short ACCESS), an English language proficiency assessment used across 40 U.S. states and territories, including Maryland. The presentation will begin by describing what ACCESS measures—English language development standards in the four language domains of listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Next, we will learn about how students’ responses are scored across the four language domains and presented on score reports. The talk will conclude by suggesting how educators could use ACCESS scores to promote beneficial outcomes for ELs. To appropriately use ACCESS scores, educators should accurately interpret test scores. In addition, educators need to be informed regarding appropriate decisions they can make using the scores, and the potential consequences of their decisions on student outcomes.
Dr. Ahyoung Alicia Kim is a researcher at WIDA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she conducts validation research of ACCESS for ELLs and other WIDA language assessments. Her research interests include language assessment, child bilingualism, second language literacy development, and computer-assisted language learning. Prior to joining WIDA, Dr. Kim was a post-doctoral fellow with a focus on child bilingualism at Cornell University. She has also led research on large-scale English proficiency exams at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. Over the years, she has taught TESOL and ESL courses in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Kim holds an Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics and an Ed.M. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Thursday, August 27, 2020 | Restorative Practices for English Learners At-risk in the Time of COVID-19
Madelaine Pella Schwartz
In the time of a historic pandemic, ESOL educators across the globe have had to engage with new online learning platforms. Many have been forced to quickly learn and adapt to tools that they have rarely used, immersing themselves in the unique world of distance learning. Do we know if our ESOL students are fully ready and able to meet us there? This webinar will focus on five tools for keeping online teaching simple, meaningful, and engaging during the time of a crisis.
Ms. Schwartz is originally from Lima, Peru. She has taught EFL for 25 years and has accumulated 10 more years of international/local experience in every educational setting from K-12 to the graduate level here in the US. Ms. Schwartz is a practitioner that has led numerous educational partnerships, including the UMBC-UDEP educational partnership, and has advocated for many populations at-risk locally and internationally. She has presented on topics such as Academic Writing for Language Learners At-risk for the Fulbright Commission in Lima, Peru; served as a translator/copy editor for the Communications Officer (Peru and UNDP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) international taskforce team during the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” efforts in Lima, Peru during the time of post-terrorism (Sendero Luminoso); presented for CAL on the topic of “Teaching Voices” during Coronavirus in March; and led and launched initiatives on presentations on “Restorative Practices for English Learners At-risk” with a team of educators for MDTESOL as one of the chairs of the steering committee. She holds advanced certificates in Human Counseling and is currently enrolled at Harvard University completing her certificate in Educational Administration and Supervision in order to aspire to become a Principal. Ms. Schwartz is currently teaching ESOL for the Baltimore City Public School System in a low-income section of Baltimore city. Ms. Schwartz is a proud UMBC M.A. TESOL ’10 alumna.
last updated 2021 03_30