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Educators Rising

Your language learners may be future language educators! Join ACTFL’s Educators Rising initiative and engage your students to explore language teaching as a career. ACTFL has developed 10 ready-to-use modules for leading activities with your students. Over 60% of teachers teach within 20 miles of where they went to high school! Use these modules as the solution for schools or districts interested in establishing a pathway to turn language learners into language teachers.

The Teacher Shortage Challenge is Real

Today's teacher recruitment pipeline needs to be expanded. For the 2017-18 academic year, at least 49 of 56 U.S. states and territories experienced shortages in teachers qualified to teach World Languages and Bilingual Education. Declining teacher education enrollments, increasing student enrollments, and high teacher attrition rates all contribute to the challenge. And shortages are only projected to grow. By 2025, there could be a hiring gap of 100,000 teachers annually. It's time to reimagine how we recruit and nurture the next generation of World Language teachers. The solution is clear: Use Educators Rising to increase and enhance the supply of qualified World Language educators.

Get Inspired

  • Ready-to-use modules provide all the materials you need for Educators Rising sessions with your students: educator facilitator guides, links to articles and videos, ready-made presentations, discussion topics, and more that will keep your students engaged. Extended activities and suggested projects allow you and your future educators to move at your own pace. Offer students a vision of the future where teaching a world language is empowering -- both to them and their students.

Get Involved

  • Register as a language educator to stay connected with communications, updates, and networking with others participating in the initiative. Register!

Get Started

  • Access all you need to host meetings of your Educators Rising language students: download videos and resources plus ready-to-photocopy materials. Join the network and add your ideas to turn language learners into language educators. Start by bringing interested students together (through monthly or bimonthly sessions) to explore what you already know: language teaching is an incredibly rewarding career.

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Sign up with ACTFL so we know you're interested in participating in Educators Rising.
  2. If you haven’t already, register for a free ACTFL Online account.
  3. Stay tuned for the official launch of ACTFL’s Educators Rising this spring 2019!