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Educators Rising FAQs

How do I get started?

  1. Sign up with ACTFL so know you're interested in participating in our 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!

How does the ACTFL website work?

  1. Use your ACTFL Online account credentials (that you created in step 1.2) to sign in to our Learning Management System that houses ACTFL’s Educators Rising modules.
  2. You can navigate through one main space which is broken down into each of the ten program modules, plus an overview module to get you started.
  3. Each module contains at least three downloadable documents (some modules include additional resources related to that module’s activities):
    1. An Educator Facilitator Guide – this document leads you through the content of the module and how you might structure your Educators Rising meeting.
    2. An Interactive Worksheet – this document is a resource for your students to use throughout each module. Here, they will write reactions to videos and activities, reflect on what they’ve learned, and record their interests. This resource can also be adapted to an online version using Google Forms which allows you to customize your program to meet your needs and those of your students.
    3. A ready-to-use Module Presentation – this resource presents the module materials visually for your students with embedded hyperlinks and videos.

How does the educators rising website work?

  1. On the Educators Rising site, referenced in 2.2.4 “Get Involved,” please refer to the following videos when navigating the EdRising virtual campus.
    1. Video for Teacher Leaders.
    2. Educators Rising | Virtual Campus.

What is the technical description of the program?

  1. Organization Name: Educators Rising | ACTFL
  2. Organizational Purpose: To effectively and directly address ACTFL members’ concerns regarding the national teacher shortage by getting more high school and university students interested in careers as world language teachers!
  3. Programmatic Purpose: To provide a digital infrastructure for communication/collaboration and online curricular resources for language teachers in order to engage and inspire future language teachers.
  4. Mission: Educators Rising cultivates future instructors by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers.
  5. Vision: Every teacher in America has the skills and experience to help all students achieve their potential.
  6. Tagline: There's power in teaching.

What is the structure of the program?

  1. Program Manager: The PM, based at ACTFL HQ, is responsible for coordinating the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Educator Rising | ACTFL program. The PM will build/maintain the supplementary digital infrastructure to house ACTFL-created resources on our Learning Management System.
  2. Educator Facilitators: The EF is an ACTFL member who volunteers to be responsible for recruiting students into the program; for maintaining student interest throughout the program; for communicating with students on a regular basis; for holding regular meeting throughout the semester/year (i.e. once a week or month); and for submitting feedback, student work, and/or other resources to ACTFL. Student groups should be between 3-20.
  3. Students: Students should typically be in grades 9-16 who have shown an interest in world languages and/or education in general and are willing to dedicate at least 3 hours a month to meet up and engage in classroom activities and small projects.

Is Educators Rising | ACTFL program offered in the target language that my students study?

Currently, all program material is in English. Educators Rising | ACTFL seeks to reach as many learners as possible about the prospect of becoming a language teacher. However, we encourage teachers to adapt this program as necessary to establish a connection with the target language. We welcome any adaptation that you create within your own classroom, whether it be in a group of students of different languages, or a group of one language (i.e. Future Portuguese Teachers Club).

I have some feedback on the modules and the program. How should I send it to you?

An evaluation survey is located at the bottom of the list of 10 modules on the Educators Rising | ACTFL site. We welcome all feedback as we will use it to continually improve our Educators Rising program. General feedback may be sent to kmccrea@actfl.org.