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The Pandemic: New PD Options for WL Teachers

by Michelle Fulwider-Westall

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THE PANDEMIC:
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A Change in World Language Professional Development Delivery
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By Michelle Fulwider-Westall
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Successful virtual learning requires parental involvement.
COVID-19 was the force majeure that made 21st Century Learning for students and teachers no longer an "option" but a necessity!
Being caught flat-footed to deliver engaging online instruction created teacher overwhelm.
Chromebooks recently had been received but not issued to students right before the pandemic. Many students were without device and wi-fi in order to attend school virtually.
no longer worked.
COVID-19 was the force majeure that made 21st Century Learning for students and teachers no longer an "option" but a necessity!
Cloud computing - the nexus for online instruction.
Being caught flat-footed to deliver engaging online instruction created teacher overwhelm.
Teachers were expected to be the superheroes of this adventure...and, in many cases, were!
WL PD: New Options
World Language Professional Development was given new life as teacher creators developed software to get students speaking in the virtual WL classroom while teacher edupreneurs provided targeted and timely workshops to sharpen instructional skills delivered "in the target language - such as Spanish."

No longer was there undo pressure on professional organizations to be the sole providers of teacher learning for professional development. Educators like Rachel Lucas provides FREE PD plus affordable courses to develop needed tech skills.

https://wlteacheracademy.com/
CAPTION Teachers had to ramp up and become digitally literate.
CAPTION For many educators, this "tech learning intensive" was akin to pursuing a specialization.
Jared and Diana Romey created the World Language Teacher Summit to offer annual online professional development without the exorbitant travel expense.

https://worldlangteachers.com/
https://speakinglatino.com/
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DP de IM: Nuevas Opciones
El Desarrollo Profesional de Idiomas Mundiales cobró nueva vida cuando los creadores de maestros desarrollaron software para que los estudiantes hablaran en el aula virtual de WL, mientras que los maestros edupreneurs brindaron talleres específicos y oportunos para perfeccionar las habilidades de instrucción impartidas "en el idioma de destino, como el español".

Ya no existía una presión deshacer sobre las organizaciones profesionales para que fueran las únicas proveedoras de aprendizaje docente para el desarrollo profesional. Educadores como Rachel Lucas ofrecen formación profesional GRATUITA además de cursos asequibles para desarrollar las habilidades tecnológicas necesarias.

https://wlteacheracademy.com/
El PIE DE FOTO Los profesores tuvieron que mejorar y alfabetizarse digitalmente.
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