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PSMLA Constitution (Vote); PSMLA & WL PD Opportunities; Job Postings (Retired; Spanish)

PSMLA News Updates/Reminders:

Vote on Revisions to PSMLA Constitution
PSMLA members: Please review the proposed revisions to the PSMLA Constitution & Bylaws and vote here. Voting closes February 27. Note that if you are not already logged in to your PSMLA account you will need to log in, go back to the page, and refresh to vote. 

Registration Open - PSMLA Workshop on AI in the WL Classroom
Join Katie Weisser and Emily Smith, language teachers in Central Dauphin SD, for the interactive workshop Digital Dialects: Exploring the Intersection of AI and Language Learning. This will take place at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg on Saturday, April 6. PSMLA members receive a discount and are eligible for Act 48 hours. Join in the conversation about navigating the possibilities and concerns of various AI platforms in the language classroom. Visit the PSMLA workshop page for full details and to register. 

PSMLA Member Participation Requested - PLF Survey!
The editors of the Pennsylvania Language Forum would like to hear from you about current challenges facing education in PA. Please share your responses by completing this survey.
Your response may be used in the spring edition of the Forum.  

General World Language News Updates/Reminders:

Free online PD: Educating for Global Resilience
The 2024 University of Pittsburgh Summer Institute offers a free, week-long online professional development opportunity with additional stipends and ACT48 credit for K-12 educators.  Apply online here by March 3, 2024. 

Grant money for high schools with a military presence
Grant money is available from the Dept. of Defense to create or improve your existing world language program.  If you have a JROTC program in your high school and at least 10% of your students’ parents or guardians are employed by the military, you may be eligible to apply for $500,000-$2,000,000. 

Seeking Successful Heritage Language Programs!
The Center for Applied Linguistics is seeking to identify successful K-12 public school heritage language programs in the U.S. to find out more about the practices that have helped them succeed.

If you know of a program we should reach out to, please suggest them here

Global Education Series for Teachers and Students
PACIE is sponsoring free webinars for teachers who want to add a global twist to their offerings.

March 15:          International Careers for Students with Panel of College and Workplace Professionals, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
   Register here for this session by March 12, 2024 
April 3:               Teacher Panel on Study Abroad for Teachers, 7:00-7:45
   Register here by March 31st
May TBD.           Student Opportunities beyond Study Abroad
More details at this link:

Let's make our students globally competent! 

IUP Spring Methodology Conference -- Registration Now Open!
Registration is open for the 2024 IUP Spring Methodology Conference.  

This year’s process is using IUP’s Marketplace, and is an all electronic process.  Just follow the link and instructions as shown on the Registration page (or from the drop down  menu).
We look forward to seeing you at the conference in April! 

CARLA Summer Institute Program for Language Teachers

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota provides high-quality PD for language teachers linking research and theory with practical applications for the classroom. This summer, CARLA will offer ten online (asynchronous and synchronous) institutes and four in-person institutes.
See the 2024 CARLA Summer Institute schedule.

Need funding? Check out CARLA’s Priority Teacher Professional Development Scholarship program for world language educators who are currently teaching a Less Commonly Taught Language and/or are currently teaching at a Community College, HBCU, or postsecondary MSI in the United States. The program provides funding for selected teachers in these categories to attend a CARLA Summer Institute for no charge. Apply by March 15, 2024. Learn more here.

Employment Opportunities in World Languages:

Paid Opportunity for Retired German Teachers
College in High School (CHS), the dual enrollment program of the University of Pittsburgh, is recruiting retired German teachers to conduct collegial observations of CHS German teachers in classrooms across PA. Interested candidates can choose their geographical areas. Visitors are paid for each visit, plus expenses. If interested, please contact Linda Yurasits at

Spanish Teacher (FT), Western PA
Grove City Area High School in Western, PA, is seeking a full time Spanish teacher for levels 1, 2, 3 and AP beginning in August 2024. Please see the District website for more information and application details.